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If you have a Service connection with the RAMC, we hope that having read our web site, you will want to join the Association. The RAMC Association is maintained by Full and Associate membership which must be renewed annually. Full membership is for people who are serving or who have served with the RAMC and Associate, is, literally, for anyone who has, now or in the past, been associated with the RAMC. For example, this could include members of other corps who have served with or alongside RAMC units and wives and partners of members; it is left up to the local Branch to decide who they will take as Associate Members.

You can now join on line on payment of £5 one off admin charge. Your chosen branch may have an annual membership fee which is additional to the admin charge.

What you need to fill out the on-line join form:

1. Choose the branch you wish to join from the list below:-

England: London, Aldershot, Maidstone, East Kent, Essex, Norfolk, Bristol, South West England, Wessex, Birmingham, Coventry, East Midlands, North Midlands, Sheffield, Shropshire, Liverpool, Manchester, Hull, Grimsby, Durham, Newcastle

Scotland : Aberdeen, Cowal, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highlands virtual branch
Wales
Northern Ireland
Association Headquarters’ Branch (for those that do not wish/are unable to attend meetings/overseas members)

2. Choose the type of membership

Full Membership - serving and retired members of the RAMC (regular and reserve), other AMS, and other Regiments and Corps who have had served under command of the RAMC. Associate Membership – family and friends of the above

3. Have your service details to hand

4. Have a passport photo of yourself stored on your PC

5. Have credit/debit card/PayPal details

 

Introduction

The RAMC Benevolence Committee is a sub Committee of The RAMC Charity which is a Company and a Registered Charity. The Charity derives its finance from the Days Pay Giving Scheme and by donation.
Benevolence is allocated an annual sum of money by the Charity and it is used to deliver benevolence to those in need serving and retired, and in many cases their dependants also. The following information seeks to provide guidance for individuals and for all those who are approached by those in need of benevolence.

Eligibility

If you have served for 7 days in the RAMC (Soldiers must have completed Phase 1 Training) you are eligible to apply. Benevolence may also be considered for those who are financially dependant upon you. You are eligible if you are an Officer or Soldier, Serving or Retired, Regular and Reserve.

How do I apply ?

All cases must come to RAMC Benevolence via the local SSAFA Caseworker, this applies to serving and retired personnel. Officers should approach the Officers Association in the first instance and they will be advised individually. Benevolence committees are unable to consider any direct requests from individuals, welfare officers etc. If a serving individual has a temporary cash flow problem or encounters a difficulty his Unit Chain of Command should assist as this is not a benevolence matter. Long term cases in need are more complex and may require intervention and referral to other organisations.

There are SSAFA Caseworkers in every part of the country and a contact number should be held in the Unit or HQ. They can also be found in many civilian organisations and a number is listed at the end of this page. A SSAFA Caseworker will be allocated and will visit you at your convenience to discuss your case. They will need to take some detailed information from you in order to assess how you can best be helped. This will include financial information, housing and family circumstances which they will enter onto a Form A (this document is key and without it we are unable to proceed). It is most important that you provide as much detail as possible however difficult, as the end result is to provide you with as much assistance as possible in order for you to continue looking after yourself and your family independently. This information is confidential (it will not be shared with your Chain of Command under any circumstances)and when completed it is passed to the organisation that will deal with it, this could be the Royal British Legion (TRBL) the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF) or the Corps Charity ie RAMC Benevolence.

On receipt a case file is set up and a case report completed by the Benevolence Manager. This can be done within 24 hours provided all the information is provided which is why the detail given to the Caseworker is vital. The case is then placed before the committee, a mix of serving and retired officers and soldiers, and the committee meet every month. A decision is made that day and if benevolence is agreed a cheque will be in the post to the Caseworker within the week. This can only be used for the specific purpose of the request and will not be made payable to an individual. It may also mean that the case is passed to other organisations that will help also.

If mobility equipment is required then it will be necessary in all cases to have a full Occupational Therapy assessment and supporting report. This is to ensure that the correct piece of equipment designed to meet your specific needs is purchased.
The committee has a guide criterion which is flexible but as it is a charity it does not include the repayment of any sort of debt nor can it provide loans.

In F/Y 2014/2015 the RAMC gave benevolence to 280 cases which was a total of £150,000.

Useful Contacts:

For Welfare Officers and Chain of Command who require more detailed information:
Mrs Emma Tatman Benevolence Manager Tel: 01276 41 2791

How it is run (and the legal bits)

The RAMC Association was formed in January 1925 and became a registered charity in April 1993. In Jan 2007, after a lot of discussion, it amalgamated with the five other Corps Funds that existed at the time and a new Charity was formed, The RAMC Charity. The legal side of this is that the Charity is a Company limited by guarantee and is run by a Board of Trustees. The Association is a sub-committee of the Charity and is represented by the National Chairman who is a Trustee of the Board. The money that the Association needs to run its overall, National, affairs is allocated annually by the RAMC Charity at a Board Meeting.
At a National level, the association has a Management Committee that meets twice a year. This is composed of Regional Representatives, the web master and social media representative; it has a secretary, who is an Association member. However, what happens locally is very much run by the Branches. They set their own membership fees (these have to include the statutory amount set by the HQ) and run their own programmes, which include social events, dinners, attending local parades and looking after welfare needs.

Membership

The RAMC association is maintained by Full  membership which must be renewed annually. Full membership is for people who are serving or who have served with the RAMC and for anyone who has, now or in the past, been associated with the RAMC. Medical personnel of the Royal Navy and Royal Airforce are also eligible to join. For example, this could include members of other corps who have served with or alongside RAMC units and wives and partners of members. The Branches are responsible for the administration and process of the application forms. Members who previously took out a life membership will continue to enjoy all the relevant rghts and priviliges granted to them.
It is, also, important to know that all serving members of the RAMC are members of the Association.

Why join the Association?

Although the official way the Objects of the Association are defined (above) may sound rather dry, they are what it is all about. You will find people who have so much in common that friendships are easily made and meeting together is relaxed and good times are had; there are many occasions that will include families. One of the important parts of this is that there is a shared pride in everything that the RAMC has achieved in the past and continues to achieve.
When you join, you will be issued with a membership card and an Association badge. You may also like to think about subscribing to the Corps magazine.

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The RAMC Association

The RAMC Association was formed in January 1925. It became a registered charity in April 1993. In Jan 2007 it amalgamated with the five other Corps Funds to form a new Charity, The RAMC Charity, which is a Company limited by guarantee. The Charity is run by a Board of Trustees and the Association is a sub committee of the Charity represented by their National Chairman who is a Trustee of the Board. At a national level the day to day running of the Association is done by its Management Committee of Regional Representatives and a dedicated Secretary. Its finance is allocated annually by the RAMC Charity.

Locally, the Association has 38 branches, each of which run their own programmes of functions and events and elect their own committee.

medic medleyIf you have a Service connection with the RAMC, we hope that having read our web site, you will want to join the Association. Please complete the form, selecting the Branch closest to you. It will be sent to that Branch, who will then contact you with further details and send you a membership application form.

The RAMC association is maintained by Full and Associate membership which must be renewed annually. Full membership is for people who are serving or who have served with the RAMC and Associate, is, literally, for anyone who has, now or in the past, been associated with the RAMC. For example, this could include members of other corps who have served with or alongside RAMC units and wives and partners of members; it is left up to the local Branch to decide who they will take as Associate Members.

The Branches are responsible for the administration and process of the application forms. It is, also, important to know that all serving members of the RAMC are members of the Association.

Optionally, members can subscribe to the RAMC the medic magazine...

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William Boog LeishmanIn 1926, the RAMC Association was formed to further the camaraderie of WW1 Corps veterans with Sir William Leishman being the first President. There are now some 38 branches around UK with a predominantly veteran membership although most serving Corps members also are members centrally. The Association has traditionally been supported by Corps Funds and especially for the expenses of the branch standards and standard bearers.