Whether you’re living with a long-term health condition that impacts your movement, you’re caring for someone who needs assistance, you’re struggling financially due to unforeseen circumstances, or you’re facing any number of other challenges, we’re here for you.
Our Welfare Services team can offer support to you and your family when you need it most.
But none of that would be possible without your regular donations.
These valuable donations go directly towards supporting individuals in our fire services community. And that’s not just firefighters, it’s every member of our fire family, as well as their spouses, partners and dependants.
Just one avenue of support we offer is with welfare assistance. We’ll work with you to find a solution that works for you, which may include signposting to statutory entitlements you didn’t know you were eligible for, providing specialist information and advice or giving financial assistance in an emergency.
We may be able to help with the purchase of specialist equipment for you or your dependants, or changes to your home environment, whether that is to aid independent living or achieve a basic standard of living.
Or we may signpost you to local groups who you may find beneficial, or recommend different wellbeing resources. Whatever it is, our teams will work with you to find the best fit for you.
One firefighter who’s experienced this support first-hand is Anton Awramenko, who works for Avon Fire and Rescue Service.
“The Charity’s helped out enormously and for that I’m extremely grateful,” says Anton. “I’ve supported The Fire Fighters Charity for 30 years now, when I first joined the service it was The Firefighters’ Benevolent Fund, and then transitioned into The Fire Fighters Charity.
“I continually supported it because I’m very grateful for the service it provided. Many people do, but you never know when you’re going to need its assistance… last year the Charity provided great assistance to me and my family for which I’m eternally grateful.”
Anton has three sons – Archie, Harry and Charlie. Charlie, who is 12, has Down’s Syndrome and autism which can mean he often has a very short attention span and is unable to take part in a lot of family outings.
As this began to impact their day-to-day lives, Anton’s colleague finally recommended he speak to us – and we were able to support him in getting a specially-made tricycle, so Charlie can safely take part in activities with his parents and siblings.
We couldn’t help people like Anton and his family without your support. Donate now to ensure we can be there for you and your colleagues when you’re most in need:
You can find out more about how our welfare team can help by registering for MyFFC HERE and searching ‘How we help with your social wellbeing’ in the search bar at the top of the MyFFC homepage.