Spotlight on Charity Partners: The Royal Navy Benevolent Trust

Spotlight on Charity Partners: The Royal Navy Benevolent Trust

The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust (RNBT) provides financial assistance and support to Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel and their families in times of need. Based in Castaway House and co-located with a number of other naval benevolence charities, there is genuine strength in the spread of charitable cover that these charities offer: officers, ratings, marines, Wrens, as well as their children. The personal response they offer to those in need was never in more demand than over 2020 as the effects of the Covid-19 crisis took hold.

The RNBT has been working throughout the period to make sure that those members of the naval family in most need get help as soon as possible. The Charity introduced a new Covid ‘Urgent and Crisis’ response process which helped turn around requests pretty much the same day. Although the Charity’s staff moved to home working the day before lockdown, the team pulled together to ensure that the essential support was always available to those who needed it most.

Now back in its headquarters at Castaway House, the RNBT is working safely within Government guidelines, with some staff working from home. The Charity makes grants across a spectrum of fundamental needs and help will all manner of financial difficulties, and also prides itself on following up to make sure all is well.

For issues concerning employment, the Charity is ready to offer help with the cost of retraining courses to get people back into the job market as soon as possible. Since the first lockdown 3,393 grants totalling £308,074 have been issued to serving and ex-serving sailors and marines, widows and families, including to those living overseas in 15 different countries.

Case studies – Examples of how the RNBT provided help in 2020

Safe play area for autistic child

Julie’s young child who suffers with ADHD and autism found the closing of the schools during the Covid-19 pandemic very distressing. Julie was not able to receive the assistance she would normally get from School and her child was confined to the house for long periods of time, which caused additional behavioural problems. The garden was in need of major work to make a safe play area. Julie approached the RNBT to ask for help with decking for the garden. Between them, the RNBT and the Naval Children’s Charity both assisted and provided a joint solution to help Julie and her child in their time of need.

Help with the mortgage

A former Wren who is self-employed could not qualify for Covid-19 Government assistance, and during lockdown was unable to work, losing her monthly income and unable to meet financial commitments which included her mortgage. She has taken a mortgage holiday but payments re-commenced last June, but as the majority of her clients were shielding she was still without the income she relied on. Along with WRNS BT, the RNBT was able to assist her with the mortgage payment.

The RNBT gives help, in cases of need, to serving and former Royal Naval ratings and Royal Marines other ranks, which includes Reservists; they are known as Primary Beneficiaries. The Charity also help their partners, children and some others connected with them. Beneficiaries are known collectively as The RNBT Family. To get in touch with the team, please call 02392 690112.

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