A Charity offering personal help and advice for all serving and former members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, their Reserves and Families

Welcome to the White Ensign Association Blog

Published 08/03/2017 11:31:00, by Marina Maher

Welcome to the White Ensign Association’s weekly blog.  

This is a new venture for the charity and I very much hope it will be regarded as an interesting and valued source of information for the WEA’s many clients and supporters.

As an opener let me explain what the Association does – we provide to the Naval Community;

  • Guidance and advice on the transition from a career and life in the Royal Navy to one out of uniform.
  • The provision of unbiased and professional guidance on matters of personal finance including financial awareness training for all newly joined sailors and marines.
  • Advice and assistance on all matters of civilian employment including job hunting techniques, CV guidance, mentoring, business start up and self-employment.
  • Assistance and support on welfare and personal matters.

But who is the “Naval Community”?  

In our eyes it is all serving and former members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, their Reserves and Families.

The charity’s services are delivered through a mixture of personal visits and interviews complemented by lectures and presentations.  In 2016 alone we made 273 visits to Military Establishments and Units and gave presentations and lectures to over 4,200 personnel.

The bulk of our activity is associated with helping sailors and marines make a successful transition from a service to civilian existence, focussing particularly on the personal finance and second career aspirations of the individual.  With assistance from a plethora of supporters and professional experts we aim to help career servicemen and women, to start the second stage of their, and their families’ lives, on a secure financial footing and in a career or role that suits their talents.   

Another important strand to our work is the financial education of those young men and women entering the Naval Service, for many of whom, this is their first experience of full time, salaried employment.  Our aim is to highlight good individual and family financial practices as well as warn about the many pitfalls and risks involved in personal finance and debt.  This initiative is fully supported by the Royal Navy who ensures that we are seen by all new entrants.

Finally the charity also acts as a Citizens Advice Bureau for the naval community assisting, when approached, individuals both serving and retired, across an abundance of personal and sometimes, professional, issues.  When unable to help directly, such as financial need, we will ensure that the individual is handed over to the most appropriate organisation within the wider service charity sector to get the support they require.

This work is delivered through a small staff of six who, although based on HMS BELFAST, spend most of their time visiting Royal Navy and Royal Marines units and establishments around the UK.  Our activities are funded by a mixture of investment returns, membership schemes and personal donations.

So that’s what we do – but how does this blog contribute?

It is our intention to provide at least one weekly article that is related to our activity – ranging from;

  • General employment advice from Dom, our Director of Employment Services,
  • Observations and commentary on a particular employment sector from one of our Network Advisors or Industry Partners.
  • A focus on employment challenges or opportunities in a particular part of the UK from our Regional Managers.
  • An update on emerging personal finance issues from one of the members of the WEA Panel of Professional Advisors.  
  • Useful information about our partner charities and organisations within the Naval and Military Charity environment.   
  • To keep you up to date with WEA and Company Member events.
  • Anything else that you would like to hear about from the WEA then please let us know.

The White Ensign Association Blog has been launched alongside, our new quarterly newsletter and we hope that it will be part of your regular digital viewing! Between these updates you can keep up to date with everything WEA by following us on social media. (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn)

So a warm welcome and please remember that we are always available to assist via enquires through the website or by ringing our offices in HMS BELFAST on 0207 4078658.

John Lavery

Chief Executive

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