Dn RSA Welfare Trust Report for the Otago Southland AGM - 23rd Aug 2011

From the Dunedin RSA Welfare Trust
August 2010 - 2011
The Dunedin RSA Welfare Trust continues to provide welfare assistance to service personnel and their families in the area of the Dunedin RSA which includes branches throughout the Otago area.
In 2011 the Trust appointed new Trustees - Andrew Rooney (Dunedin) Ross Owens (Queenstown) and Lyal Cocks (Wanaka). These appointments came about after Terry Parle and Paul Deason resigned , Terry has since moved to Wellington . After many years Lox Kellas has stepped aside from the role of Chair and this position has now been taken on by Margaret Eskrick.
The Trust continues to be busy with War Disablement Applications, Reviews, NRO’s and Appeals. In the 12 months ending 31st July we have applied for 87 WDP, Reviews and NRO’s – 50 of these have been granted, 5 declined and 32 are still pending. Margaret Snow has lodged 6 appeals on our behalf– one having been accepted and 5 are still pending.
62 Surviving Spouse Pension applications were submitted, 27 have been granted – 20 declined and 15 still pending.
We have had a busy year applying for funds to various Trusts within New Zealand and overseas. RNZRSA, Elgar, Vietnam Vets Assn, Dunedin RSA Welfare Trust and in the UK - The Royal Commonwealth Ex Services League & The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
Year to date:
RNZRSA: $12,464 - Elgar: $5,050 - UK: $8,953 – Dunedin RSA Welfare Trust: $11,884 – Ex-Viet Nam Association: $1490
These Trusts continue to be really generous with their grants and this has seen our veterans, spouses, and widows receive well over $39,000 from January to July this year. This money has been obtained for people in all areas of the Dunedin RSA and its sub branches and also grants paid have been made to people in Ashburton, Alexandra, Temuka, and Balclutha.
Poppy Day income this year was just over $90,000 which will go a long way to support our Returned Veterans – currently the disbursement of Poppy Day fund’s is only available to Returned Servicemen . The Trust has written to S Clarke Chief Executive of RNZRSA regarding this and would support a remit at National Council to extend the Poppy Trust Deed to include Returned & Ex Service Personnel and their families. He replied with the following – “The National Council seeks further legal advice to assist the NEC to prepare a Remit for National council to extend the Poppy Trust Deed to include ‘Returned and Ex Service personnel and their families’.
As administration & other costs cannot be met from the Poppy Day income the Trust has looked for alternative sources of funding. We are now claiming on the Otago/Southland District fund for reimbursement of accommodation and mileage for our Welfare Officers. This year to date reimbursement of $ 3209.15 has been received. A grant of $6150.00 was received from the JDS Roberts Estate for comfort parcels for people in rest homes and hospitals in our area.
Currently the Trust has an application in to COGS and if this is successful the funds will be used to host afternoon teas for the many volunteers in our area and we are also waiting to hear from NZ Community Post and BP vouchers for volunteers.
An application to Lotteries for $30,000 for wages was confirmed in July. The Trust is always looking for other options of funding and we will continue to do so.
The Welfare Trust this year has administered over $20,000 worth of Otago Regional Council Taxi Vouchers – we have a current list of 264 clients on our books.
We are also looking into the Dunedin NZ Red Cross Community Transport scheme. This scheme help s people obtain transport to health related appointments.
Once again the Dunedin RSA Welfare Trust advertised for their annual scholarship and there was a high standard of applications resulting in two successful scholarships being awarded.
The Dunedin RSA Welfare Trust continues to employ two staff members – Lynn Still full time Welfare Officer and Sally Turner part time Administration Manager.
Lynn is supported in her role by lucky to have a very good team of hospital and rest home visitors. The sub Branches all have dedicated and skilled Welfare Officers who work with Lynn to ensure the Service Community in our area is well provided for.
We are involved with many networking groups and enjoy good working relationships with all other organisations that have the same passion as us.
Lynn enjoys being out and about in the community sometimes doing as many as 8-10 home visits a week.
Planning is underway for Lynn to visit the Dunedin RSA branches in September – Margaret Eskrick will be accompanying her on this trip.
Enquiries can be made to:
Lynn Still
Welfare Officer
Phone: 03 4664888

Sally Turner
Administration Manager
Phone: 03 4664886

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