The Army Widows’ Association is a national charity based in Andover, UK. It was formed in 2004 to represent and respond to the needs of Army widows, widowers and their dependent children. As a volunteer-led organisation, it seeks to provide comfort, support and friendship through the provision of counselling services, information, support and a yearly events programme.
Our grant will go towards supporting the Army Widows’ Association’s operating costs and the running of their AGM respite weekend. The weekend provides members with peer support and a safe environment to develop special friendships and address concerns.
This years’ Army Widows’ Association AGM took place in Newport, South Wales. As ever, it was extremely well attended with widows travelling from all over. The members had a wonderful weekend, which included talks about the general running of the association, accessing counselling, presentations by the Forces Pension Society and the Veterans Welfare Service, which was followed by personal surgeries to provide advice and assist as necessary. Thereafter, plenty of time to relax and make new friendships and strengthen old ones. A resounding success!
Raqual Harper-Titchener from the Army Widows’ Association says: “Without ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, who have supported us since our formation, our members would not have the most valuable gift of all – Peer Support! The opportunity to come together in a safe and secure environment, to support each other through talking, listening, crying and laughing too. Realising that it’s okay not to be okay and finding others that just get it! Together, we are finally able to try and look forward, to find and build a positive future.”
Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, adds: “The Soldiers’ Charity is proud to award this grant to the Army Widows’ Association; a charity which is there for bereaved families at the darkest of times. The widows and widowers of our soldiers are a treasured part of the Army family, and we are delighted to be able to provide some support to those who have given so much already. Thank you for the work you do.”