ROC Association and ROC Benevolent Fund

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The Royal Observer Corps Association (ROCA) was formed in 1986 as a national association for past and serving members of the organisation.

It has a formal constitution with a central committee and the local structure is based on the former ROC Group layout. Group Associations are affiliated to the national committee.

Across the country meetings and social functions are regularly held and, in addition, a national reunion is held annually.

Membership is also open to people with a direct association with the ROC, for example Civil Service staff and UK Warning and Monitoring Organization (UKWMO) officers.

One of the most important functions of the Association is to maintain a link between former members of the ROC and, should the need arise, put them in touch with the ROC Benevolent Fund.

Each Group Association should have an Honorary Benevolent Fund Officer whose function is to refer cases of need to the trustees and progress applications for support.

Royal Observer Corps Benevolent Fund

The Royal Observer Corps Benevolent Fund (ROCBF) was set up in 1941 under the War Charities Act 1940. It is a registered charity (SC 209640/1) regulated by a Declaration of Trust first dated 5th November 1945.

The Fund is administered by the RAF Benevolent Fund and the trustees are former senior officers of the Royal Observer Corps. It is funded by contributions made from fund raising events and promotions by members of the ROC and ROCA.

The Fund exists for the relief of distress or need among past members of the ROC, their widows, children and other dependants. Applications for grants are considered by the Managing Trustees, who aim to provide adequate relief in cases where State assistance is inapplicable or inadequate.

There are no hard and fast rules defining the circumstances in which help may be considered or the amount of financial assistance that may be given; each application is considered on its merits.

Assistance is available to former ROC members and their dependants at any time when difficulties arise as a result of bereavement, disability, sickness, infirmity, poverty or any other misfortune; length or quality of service is not considered.

Applications to the ROCBF can be made by contacting the Honorary Benevolent Fund Officer of the local Royal Observer Corps Association. Details of these officers can be obtained from -

Mrs Edwina Holden MBE
Royal Observer Corps Association
2 Oxford Road
Breachwood Green

or other officers listed on the ROCA/ROCBF website.

Alternatively contact can be made through the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund or the Royal British Legion (Linkline 0345 725725).

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