Questions about the CGA

Your Questions and our Answers about the Coastguard Association and the work that we are involved in within the UK.

Q.What is the Coastguard Association?

A. The Coastguard Association is a registered charity 279359. Established in 1976 to help Coastguard personnel and their dependents from all over the United Kingdom and the Isle of Man, in times of hardship. The charity has the blessing and the full support of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Q. Who do we help?

A. The trustees seek to help any serving or retired (by age or medically) Coastguard personnel in times of genuine hardship, poverty or distress. Each claim is treated on its merit in a prompt, confidential and sympathetic manner. More details here.

Q. What about local branches funds?

A. As Trustees, we strive to complement branches, not compete with them, and on many occasions we work in conjunction with them to finance more expensive cases. Many branches do not have their own funds and look exclusively to us to fulfill this area of staff welfare.

Where are the local branches? Details here:

Q. How do I Claim?

A. All claims must be submitted in writing to the National Almoner, stating the exact hardship, a brief history of events, the claimant’s age, number of dependants etc, plus any other information to support the claim. Normally we would expect the claim to come via a third party and be verified as genuine. All claims are treated in strictest confidence. More details here.

Q. How is the Coastguard Charity Fund financed?

A. We do not receive any Government or business grants, and depend entirely on voluntary donations. The Fund also has the advantage of the Treasurer being a retired bank manager and our accountant a member of Central branch. The Fund is subject to a full annual audit from the Charity Commisioners. We also present a full financial report at our Annual General Meeting each year, held during the month of April, to which all are welcome. The Trustees are all volunteers, which keeps our administrative expenditure low compared to other charities.

Q.  What is our Charity Charter?

When you consider making a gift to our charity, we undertake that:

  •  All communications surrounding it will be honest, truthful and will comply with the law.
  • Your right to privacy will be respected and you will not be subjected to any form of pressure.
  • Your gift will be applied to the purpose for which it was originally requested.
  • Your gift will be used in a way that preserves the dignity of the beneficiary.
  • Your gift will be handled responsibly and to the greatest advantage of the beneficiary.
  • Fundraisers of the Coastguard Association will consider how they meet your wishes as a donor and will be transparent in their dealings with you.
  • Fundraisers will respect your needs for confidentiality and will comply with the law relating to fundraising and the use of personal data.
  • Fundraisers will strive to achieve the highest professional standards at all times
  • The National committee of the Coastguard Association will handle any concerns you may have relating to these points swiftly and effectively.
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Welcome

2016/17 has seen many changes in UK Search & Rescue, from the closing of bases & stations, to the transfer of numerous responsibilities to the National Maritime Operations Centre, including those of the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC).

National Maritime Operations Centre

The replacement of our much-loved RAF bionic budgie, RN Ace of Clubs & Coastguard S61N’s to the brand new Coastguard Helicopter fleet and repositioned bases continues apace, with AW 189’s steadily replacing the smaller AW139’s.

But let us never forget that new buildings, technology and machines are nothing without the men and women that operate them, either remaining in service today within Future Coastguard or now watching from the sidelines having contributed so much over the years…

The Coastguard Association are delighted to welcome you to our web site and hope you can help us, help those who now have need of our support. Join today….

 

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The National Committee

To make it easier to find the correct person to help with your query please view below the key responsibilities of the National Committee and their contact details:

Chairman

  • To ensure the smooth running of the Coastguard Association and to give advice to all Branches, regarding welfare and financial needs.
  • To ensure the committee fulfils the aims set out by the constitution and acts in the interest of its members.
  • To liaise closely with all National Committee members, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Almoner, Secretary for Retired Officers, Public Relations Officer and Central Branch Secretary.

Name: Stuart Arundel
Telephone: 01507 358446 /  07963785981 – If Important PLEASE ring as emails are not always answered quickly
Email: chairman@coastguardassociation.org.uk
Address: Highfield Lodge, Bank End, North Somercotes, Louth, Lincolnshire, LN11 7LJ

Vice Chairman

  • To support  the Chairman with the smooth running of the Association and stand in when he is unavailable.
  • To ensure the Charity Commissioners are informed of any Committee changes or Trustee changes annually
  • To help retired members to retain links with their colleagues.

Name: Terry Bearpark
Telephone: 01964 751435
Email: ViceChairman@coastguardassociation.org.uk

Treasurer

  • Take charge of the funds of the Association, including renewal of the affiliation fees. Receiving all sums of money paid in and paying out such money as is properly authorised by the committee.
  • Report the state of the Association finances at committee meetings.
  • To receipt any money donated to the Coastguard Association, and to write letters of thanks to those who donate money to the National Charity Account.

Name: Alan Fisher
Telephone: 01754 768 094 (H)
Address: 27 Church Lane, Skegness, PE25 1ED
Email: Treasurer@coastguardassociation.org.uk

National Secretary

  • To assist the Chairman with the development of the CGA and answer any questions or problems that occur within the CGA.
  • Prepare the Agenda for the AGM, after consulting with the Committee and branches; perform such duties as the Committee may from time to time decide.
  • To liaise with the web site and ensure that it is kept up to date.
  • Monitor the facebook group and ensure it is relevant.
  • To produce electronic newsletters for all members.
  • To deal with any correspondence as required.

Name: Vacant

Welfare Officer

  • To deal with all claims of hardship, poverty, illness which are reported to the CGA and decide if claim is warranted and falls within the charity commission rules.
  • The contact for bereaved families, and send condolences on behalf of the Coastguard Association.
  • The contact those who require the assistance of the Coastguard Association in the form of grants and loans.

Name: Paul Davig
Email: Almoner@coastguardassociation.org.uk

Central Branch Secretary

  • Receive and report to the Committee all applications for membership, the current numbers of members and any other related matters he considers should be brought to the Committees attention
  • Name: Dave Isley
    Email: CentralBranch@coastguardassociation.org.uk

Public Relations / Communications (Co-opted role)

  • To develop and maintain a positive image for all CGA communications, products & Services
  • To develop and maintain relationships with partners and stakeholders
  • To improve communications with existing and potential CGA members & stakeholders
  • To promote news of CGA successes
  • To manage the CGA website & social media

Name: Peter Brown
Email: pr@coastguardassociation.org.uk

Trustees

Our trustees as to be published on the Charity Commission Web Site are:

MR TERRY BEARPARK
MR PAUL DAVIG
MR MATT RENOUF
MR STUART ARUNDEL
MISS JOANNA HOWARD

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Useful Web Sites

This page highlights some web sites that we feel maybe useful to you and are Coastguard related. The Coastguard Association takes no responsibility for the external content of these sites.

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