Our Grant-making in 2020
In January 2020, the Board set out the following strategic objectives for the period 2020-2025 to honour the charity’s vision – to support our sailors, marines and their families for life: We will work with other charities operating in our sector to establish a confederation or alliance in order to provide those in need within our beneficiary group with a single support available
Acting with other naval charities and key stakeholders, we will ensure that our potential beneficiaries are made aware of the support that is available to those who need it
We will collaborate with Greenwich Hospital with the objective of agreeing funding priorities to deliver our objectives
We will commit to spending over 50% of our charitable expenditure on collaborative and long-term commissioning projects with other charities and organisations which seek to address underlying causes of need, whilst continuing to make other grants as the need arises
Recognising the need to act decisively, we will undertake bold and far-reaching plans and projects with our partners that will draw down substantially on our total net assets as necessary During 2020, and in furtherance of these strategic objectives, the SFC approved £7m of charitable expenditure through a funding programme focused on identifying need, early intervention and prevention.
This was achieved through a combination of:
- Programmes – which focus on a particular beneficiary group or community and respond to identified needs.
- Pathways – which ensure we remain by the side of all beneficiaries from their first day in the Royal Navy and for decades after their Service ends; and
- Additionally, in 2020, a Hardship Fund to respond to the unique pressures resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
Funding for the commissioning programmes in 2020 was split between six programmes, the aim of each of which is: -
- Naval Service Support - To provide support to serving naval personnel, e.g., the refurbishment of the new recruits’ leisure space (Limers’ Bar) at HMS RALEIGH; or the upgrade of the outdoor play area at the Drumfork Community Centre, HMNB Clyde.
- Family Support – To provide support to naval families, e.g., partnering with the Kings Foundation to provide camps for children during the school holidays; or partnering with Relate to provide relationship and family counselling services.
- Health & Wellbeing Support – To support mental health and wellbeing of service personnel and their families, e.g. contribution to the Portsmouth Military Health Alliance which provides gambling & addiction support and other mental health services; or a project with the Gosport and Fareham Multi Academy Trust to create a Community Services Hub at the Academy.
- Community Support – To combat loneliness and social isolation, e.g. support to the ‘Helping Hands’ project which trains volunteers to provide a range of activities through the Naval Service Family & People Support organisation; or support to Age UK Portsmouth to help elderly veterans in the Portsmouth area.
- Individual Support – To ensure that those who fall on hard times have access to financial support, notably through financial grants to the Naval Children’s Charity, the Royal Naval Benevolent Fund, RMA – The Royal Marines Charity and the Sailors Children’s Society.
- Veterans’ Support – To support the specific needs of veterans, e.g., partnership with SSAFA who provide a first point of contact for beneficiaries; or a partnership with the Poppy Factory to provide employability support for wounded, injured and sick veterans.
A full financial report on the year will be included in the RNRMC’s Annual Report and Accounts, to be published later in the year.
During 2020, we operated 4 pathways which, collectively, seek to deliver on our vision to support our sailors and marines, and their families, for life.
These have been refined in 2021 so that Fit for Life has been incorporated into the Quality of Life Pathway and End of Life has been incorporated into the Through Life Pathway. The Pathway construct is thus:
- Quality of Life Pathway – To provide grants (often in conjunction with other charities) which improve conditions of service and further the efficiency & morale of the Royal Navy, typically as a result from a funding bid from an individual ship, establishment or unit, e.g., refurbishment of mess spaces; contribution to team building/social events; or prizes & awards.
Fit for Life is designed to improve the morale and efficiency of the Royal Navy through sport and adventurous training, specifically through a grant to the Naval Service Sports Charity which exists to encourage and promote sport and adventurous through e.g., the provision of sports facilities; or financial assistance to enable participation in adventurous training.
- Through Life Pathway – To support the welfare of serving personnel & their families, and veterans, typically by partnering with other charities to provide services, e.g., with Care for Veterans who provide nursing care and rehabilitation for veterans; or with the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society who care for people living with dementia.
End of Life – we hope to ease the burden and stress falling on dependants immediately following the death of a service person, notably by paying an immediate financial grant to the next-of-kin as soon as possible after the reported death.
The Hardship Fund was established during 2020 in response to Covid-19 and seeks to provide relief arising from hardship caused by the pandemic, e.g. live-streaming of passing-out parades for families prevented from attending; or food delivery services to veterans who are shielding.
The graph below shows how the £7 million spent by the Charity in 2020 was distributed between the programmes, pathways and Hardship Fund described above.
Featured stories from 2020
An Alliance Of Mental Health Support
At the beginning of 2020 the RNRMC became part of the Military Mental Health Alliance, an informal consortium of healthcare providers, charities and other organisations across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight working in partnership to create interconnected services designed to provide mental health support for veterans, serving personnel, reservists and their families.
Keeping Families Connected When They’re Oceans Apart
During unprecedented periods of lockdown and social distancing over the last year, more people than ever have felt the sting of loneliness and isolation. Some may argue that prolonged separation from loved ones is part and parcel to all those who serve in the Royal Navy, but against a backdrop of a global pandemic and with ever-increasing enforced restrictions at home, 2020 deployments have been especially hard to bear.
Helping Along The Road To Recovery
Many Wounded Injured and Sick (WIS) personnel can feel disengaged from the service through being signed off on shore for long periods of time. The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) works closely with Hasler Naval Service Recovery Centre (NSRC) to support the recovery of WIS personnel and has recently provided a grant to fund a week at Pentillie Estate, Cornwall, allowing Hasler assigned ranks to gain some respite.