ROLE OF THE RNA
The role of
the Welfare Officer is to act as the first point of contact for
any member of the RNA seeking advice or assistance from their
Officer needs to be a good listener and have the ability to deal
with people sympathetically and patiently. Having gathered as
much information as possible about the person's problem, he then
needs to present the facts to his colleagues on the branch
committee for discussion and a decision on what, if any,
assistance can be offered.
The RNA by its
very nature has many members who are approaching pensionable age
or are already pensioners; it is therefore quite common for
problems to be health related. Here in Cyprus specialist
hospital care is mostly centred on Nicosia which means that
people who have to make multiple hospital visits, or whose
relatives do so while they are confined to hospital, may well
incur significant travel costs.
The RNA Cyprus
is relatively small and the funds available to assist people are
limited, however, any request for assistance will be
sympathetically viewed by the committee.
Branch also maintains strong links with other service charities
on the island such as SSAFA and The Royal British Legion. These
organisations have wide experience in the field of welfare and
obtaining grants from UK based charities such as the Royal Naval
Benevolent Trust. They also have their own trained case workers
who will visit individuals, when requested.
If you need
help or even just someone with whom to talk things through
please don't hesitate to get in touch. RNA Cyprus will do
whatever it can to assist.
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