The information presented in this website is primarily taken from public records available for consultation on the website of the Charity Commission for England and Wales and the Office for the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).
At the moment, OSCR publishes much less detailed information on charities than the Charity Commission for England and Wales. Also, charities registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales are subject to different degrees of reporting requirements depending on income thresholds. All this affects the level of information available for each individual charity.
The Register of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is still at very early stages of development and information available on Northern Irish charities is scarce.
In 2012, the top 45 armed forces welfare charities spent £245 million on service provision (and support costs) to those in need, gave £62 million in benevolent grants to individuals and awarded £22 million in grants to support the work of other organisations.
DSC conducted a comprehensive review on the charitable objects and activities of each individual charity using public records available for consultation in the website of the Charity Commission for England and Wales; the website of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR); charities’ websites (when they had one) and other public information found through internet searches. Two surveys were also sent out to supplement desk research on armed forces charities.
The site contains over 2,200 armed forces charities registered in the UK.
There is an accompanying report to the website containing a detailed analysis of the armed forces charity sector. This is available to download FREE. Click here to view the report.
Select "Search for Armed Forces Charities" from the main menu at the top of the page and follow the instructions to select your criteria. You can refine your search by selecting more and more specific criteria.
The site primarily features armed forces charities which are registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales. It also features charities registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator and charities that have been granted charitable tax exemptions in Northern Ireland. However, there are a number of armed forces charities that operate and provide support outside of UK boundaries.
The site is relevant for anyone with an interest in armed forces charities, and anyone seeking to find out how much and what type of support is available for potential beneficiaries.
No, you do not need to register to use the site. The website is free to use and the accompanying report is also free to download. These are provided free of charge as part of our funding agreement with the Forces in Mind Trust.
Funded by Forces in Mind Trust, DSC has developed this website, and the accompanying report to provide an independent, robust and evidenced analysis of UK armed forces charities which can be used by past and present members of the UK armed forces, their dependants, policy-makers, government, the media, the public and the armed forces charities themselves to find the right support, improve services to beneficiaries, inform givers, donors and funders; inform commentators; give robust evidence to politicians and policy makers. Click here to download the report for free