The Nuffield Trust for the Forces of the Crown
The object of this Registered Charity is to 'promote the welfare and efficiency of the Forces of the Crown either by the provision of facilities for recreation or by any other means'. The Trust therefore finances recreational and welfare amenities and facilities that will benefit those actually serving in the Armed Forces but which are not provided by public funds and which are beyond the resources of other non-public funds. In this context, the 'Armed Forces' does not include Ex-Servicemen or Cadet Forces.
Full details are available on the Nuffield Trust website and applications for funding from the Trust should be directed through the RAF Community Support department at Headquarters Air Command.
Listed below are opportunities for Service personnel and their families to use non-publicly funded recreational facilities such as activity centres, holiday homes, respite centres etc. Many of the facilities detailed have been included with the kind permission of outside agencies such as the RAF Association, Nuffield Trust and MacRoberts Trust. On a cautionary note, with many of these facilities already in high demand, you may need to book early!
The Services Cotswold Centre
Lying in beautiful countryside mid way between Bath and Chippeham, just off the M4 outside Corsham, the Centre provides temporary housing for families of serving personnel from all three Services. Whether you are in transit between postings, retiring, have welfare housing issues or have been the subject of emergency evacuation from overseas, the Centre offers a secure, comfortable and affordable place to stay. See the link for booking details:
Adventure Holidays / Outdoor Centres
Short Welfare Breaks and Respite Homes
With a choice between sea side resorts and glorious countryside, the RAF Association's respite homes are dedicated to supporting the needs of the clients and come highly recommended.
Seacot House is a beautiful 3-bedroom holiday home right on the South Coast, for RAF couples and families who are in need of an affordable break. Run by the RAF Benevolent Fund, the home is available to book through the link below:
The Royal Air Force Disabled Holiday Trust
The aim of this Trust is to make it possible for both serving and ex-Royal Air Force personnel and their dependants with a severe disability to take holidays in the UK and abroad on equal terms with able bodied people. You can apply online or by post and full details are available below: