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On this page we have published information on Welfare assistance available to Serving and ex-members as well as some links to Employment offers as we become aware of them.


North East

Area Welfare Officer Karen Leahair 01347 847525

National number 0800 0182361



0800 7314880


Royal British Legion

0808 8028080

Network Rail are offering job opportunities and some subsidised travel brief details below.


Network Rail are committed to supporting ex-Military Veterans- they are signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant and were recognised by the Ministry for Defence for their commitment with the ‘Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award 2017’.


Network Rail would like Jobcentre Plus and its partner organisations to promote the opportunity for ex-Military Veterans to set up a profile on the Network Rail site which will enable applicants to benefit from receiving job alerts. It is also important in their profile to highlight that they are an ex-Military Veteran, to ensure Network Rail can identify their link with the Armed Forces, and also to stipulate the locations they can travel to (please advise applicants that Network Rail offer up to 90 minutes subsidised travel).


In addition, Leanne Wood, the Network Rail Defence Engagement Manager is also keen for ex-Military Veterans to get in touch with her via Linkedin, where applicants will be able to find out more about specific jobs.


Here are the links to the sites applicants will need:

Royal Air Force Association and Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

The RAF Benevolent Fund is the RAF’s leading welfare charity and exists to help all those who have served in the RAF and their dependants who find themselves in need with a wide range of issues.


Assistance provided can include advice, advocacy, practical support and financial assistance.


Generally, an individual needs to have completed a minimum of four months regular RAF service and completed Phase One Training in order to be eligible for Fund Assistance.

Reservists are eligible for Fund assistance if they have undertaken an operational deployment of at least three months, are currently serving in excess of one year, or are retired with three year’s service. They are also eligible if injured or killed whilst on duty, irrespective of deployment or length of service.


The eligible individual’s spouse/partner, civil partner and dependent children are eligible for Fund assistance.

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