Welfare

What the Dandenong-Cranbourne RSL can do for you.

Our Welfare department provides free advice, assistance and referrals. You do not need to be a Member of the club to seek assistance from us. We are here to help you and your family.

Dandenong RSL’s Welfare Department operates to provide extensive support services and resources to not only members, but also the general community. Our aim is to ensure that individuals and families that come to our office in need of assistance are provided with high a quality service.

 

Vladimir Nagorny is our Welfare Coordinator. He brings to the RSL, a wealth of experience from various community support roles. Being an ex-service man himself and war veteran, he is well adept at understanding the issues some of our war veterans may face. His dedication, enthusiasm and personality ensures that you are always provided with the best service for your needs.

 

The Welfare department, under Vladimir’s oversight, provides the following services:

  • Advice and assistance to ex-servicemen, ex-servicewomen and their families on welfare, pension and advocacy matters

  • Liaise with various government and non-government bodies and organisations on your behalf to assist you in matters that may arise

  • Information, counselling and referrals to individuals and families in need of support in dealing with various issues

  • Emergency relief or financial aid to eligible ex-servicemen, ex-servicewomen and their families

  • Hospital, aged-care and home visits

  • Advice on aged-care facility selection and process of getting into aged-care

  • RSL funeral services

  • Referrals to legal and other services as required

  • Assistance in finding tradesmen and other professionals as required

For support or any general inquiries concerning welfare, please call (03) 9792 1535 and ask for Vladimir (Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm).

 

Beyond Disability         

A program to help Veterans, their widows & carers.

  • To help veterans to get in touch with fellow servicemen, Beyond Disability (BDI) has a Vets communication program using internet programs like Skype.
  • To qualify you must have a service number, be the widow or carer of a serviceman.
  • The RSL will try to arrange a fellow serviceman or widow to help train you.
  • BDI provides its own laptops and wireless broadband. You do not have to buy these things.
  • We own the equipment and fix or replace it when necessary.
  • BDI can provide voice activated laptops for those who can speak clearly but cannot use their hands.
  • You only pay $11 a month program fee if you have your own broadband.
  • If you do not have your own broadband BDI subsidises the broadband cost.
  • For the laptop and broadband full package total fees are $23 a month
  • This volunteer Beyond Disability program is directed at those suffering isolation, PTSD or widows and carers who have lost contact with former friends.
  • If you have an RSL buddy you served with who could be your volunteer that would be a big help to you. Just try Skype. It is a brilliant online way to see your mates online and share a joke and beer with them right in front of you on the screen.

Contacts

           Tricia McGill membership enquiries 0419114313    tmcgill@bdi.org.au

           Peggy Stocks   03 5995 0910                                             secretary@bdi.org.au

           Richard Stubbs 0417 786 087                                          helpful@bdi.org.au

           Web   www.bdi.org.au

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