General Welfare

Frankston RSL Sub-Branch prides itself in providing support to veterans and their families/dependants. Veterans include those who serve or served in Australian Defence Forces (ADF), National Service, Reservists, Allied, and Commonwealth Forces, and with or without overseas service. Veterans do not have to be members of Frankston RSL Sub-Branch to receive support.

This support might include:

  • Welfare Advocacy
  • Pensions & Compensations Advocacy
  • Information & Referral to local services
  • Connecting veterans & their families to local organisations and activities
  • Wednesday Morning Veteran’s Coffee 10am to 12 (no need to register, ask at Reception)
  • Home & Hospital Visitation Team
  • Exercise Groups
  • RSL Funeral Representatives can attend veteran’s funerals and carry out the RSL Funeral Ritual. This is the last important way the Frankston RSL Sub-Branch Inc. can pay their respects to the veteran, give recognition of their service, and additionally provide support to the veteran’s family. If your family member was an ADF veteran, please get in touch with Stellar on 0492 820 743 as soon as possible, as this will allow time for ADF Records to provide a Statement of Service/Eulogy.

Our Wellbeing Support Officers are screened volunteers, and our Welfare and Pensions Advocates have additional training certification from the Advocacy Training & Development Program (ATDP).

All Wellbeing and Pensions Advocacy Services are free, private & confidential.
NB: Some of our Veteran Support/Wellbeing Activities are means-tested.

To be connected to the Wellbeing Team, please phone 8792 4413 or email welfare@frankstonrsl.com.au Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:30pm.

Wednesday Morning Veteran's Coffee

Committee Member and Welfare Advocate, Tony Grice, heads up our Veteran Coffee Mornings here at the Club.

No need to book your spot, just come along to the club between 10am – 12pm each Wednesday and just ask at reception to be directed to where the group are sitting that day.

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet with other local Veterans & young Veterans and enjoy a couple of hours however you see fit, have a chat, read a book or just take some time for quiet reflection.

A Call Answered

It began with an email from Cheryl Myers OAM, Secretary and Welfare Advocate for the Frankston Vietnam Veterans Association Australia.
The request to VVAA members was for urgent donations of a bed, mattress, lounge chair and book case for a young veteran she had been helping. It was Thursday morning.


By Thursday evening, a single bed, mattress, pillows and bedding had all been donated and delivered to the veteran’s new unit at Vasey RSL Care Frankston South.
Tony Grice, Frankston RSL Welfare Advocate did not have a lounge chair, but he had two recliners and a coffee table.


Not wishing to provide second-hand kitchen items, Cheryl put a call out to Frankston RSL, Frankston Vietnam Veterans, the President of Langwarrin Navy Club and a Frankston Veterans Coffee Group: $1,100 came in, enough for all the items needed, along with $100 in food vouchers from Frankston RSL to stock the pantry.


“I don’t mind telling you I was impressed at how quickly the members of these groups came together to help a fellow veteran that most of them did not know,” says Kelvin Park, Secretary and Welfare Officer. “It just goes to show what a group of like-minded ex-service organisations will do when the call comes out.”

 
We would like to express our gratitude to all these and to the very many ESO’s who regularly support our community members.

 

Vasey RSL Care Frankston South. Image Courtesy of Vasey RSL Care