Poppy Support

Poppy Support in Derbyshire

Areas of Help Provided by Poppy Support

Poppy Support is the brand name for The Royal British Legion's comprehensive range of welfare services for serving and ex-Service people and their families.

The Royal British Legion is the leading charity providing financial, social and emotional support to millions who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and their dependants. Nearly 10.5 million people are eligible for our support, that's one in six people in the country. It could be you, or someone you know.

The Legion helps and supports ex-Service people and their dependants in many different ways. From grant making to pensions and benefits advice, from counselling and job retraining to pilgrimages and from home and hospital visits to the provision of full nursing care, the Legion is here to help. This support includes fighting nearly 36,000 ongoing War Disablement Pension cases for war veterans and each year making around 300,000 welfare and friendship visits.


 Poppy Support in Derbyshire

Poppy Support is organised and administered throughout Derbyshire by the following people:

East Midlands Area Manager

Linda Flecknell
Freephone: 0808 802 8080
Email: LFlecknell@britishlegion.org.uk

East Midlands Area Administrator

Theresa Smith
Freephone: 0808 802 8080
Email: tsmith@britishlegion.org.uk

Advice and Information Team Leader

Digby Bown
Freephone: 0808 802 8080
Email: DBown@britishlegion.org.uk

Derbyshire Case Officer

Jayne Hughes
Freephone: 0808 802 8080
Email: jhughes@britishlegion.org.uk

Derbyshire Advice and Information Officer

Darren Maltby
Freephone: 0808 802 8080
Email: dmaltby@britishlegion.org.uk

They are assisted in their work by a number of trained Volunteer Caseworkers.

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Areas of Help Provided by Poppy Support

Poppy Support provides help, which includes the following:

Poppy Advice

In the last year the Legion's Pensions Department has helped over 3,800 ex-Service men and women with new War Pension claims and given free representation at some 2,500 appeal cases. It also helps the disabled and the disadvantaged to fight for what is rightfully theirs. Last year the Legion provided more than 1,800 Service leavers with careers advice too.

See more about Poppy Advice.
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Poppy Benefits and Money Advice Service

The Royal British in partnership with three other major charities provide this service at a time when the need for money advice has never been greater. The record levels of personal debt and the decimation of pensions and savings has left many with problems of how to make ends meet.

Benefits and Money Advice Service is there to help those who have put their lives on the line for their country and need help and support so that they can live free from financial distress.

See more about Poppy Support Benefits and Money Advice.

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Poppy Breaks

We have four Poppy Break Centres for those recovering from an illness or bereavement, located in some of the country’s most popular, traditional seaside resorts. Last year more than 3,700 people benefited from a two-week Poppy Break.

See more about Poppy Breaks.

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Poppy Calls

This service has been introduced to provide home support for the older members of the ex-Service community, particularly those aged over 75 years and those with a disability. It has emerged that these are the people who have the highest need of the services on offer. A handy-person is provided free to those in need to carry out small repairs and minor alterations to their homes.

See more about Poppy Calls.

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Poppy Carephones

The Carephones system is provided to help protect those in their own home and provide reassurance for the elderly, disabled and other vulnerable persons, allowing them to live independent lives. It operates 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year and allows the user to make emergency calls to a call centre where it is answered by a highly trained operator who will respond by finding out what the problem is and taking appropriate action

See more about Poppy Carephones.

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Poppy Funds

Each year the Legion distributes some £9 million in grants to serving and ex-Service people in need. The Immediate Needs Scheme provides much-needed funds in an emergency. Further grants are made to fund items such as electrically powered wheelchairs, mobility aids, property repairs etc. Small Business Loans are also available to those returning to 'Civvy Street' who need help getting a new business off the ground.

See more about Poppy Funds.

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Poppy Gardening Service

This was a service introduced for ex-Service people and their dependants in Derbyshire. The Gardening Service was to provide routine garden maintenance, including lawn mowing, hedge trimming, pruning, weeding and other small items of gardening work.

This service is no longer available.

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Poppy Homes
The Legion provides full nursing care for some 400 ex-Service people and their dependants in its seven Poppy Homes around the country. Residents are provided with 24-hour care by a dedicated team of registered nurses and care assistants. Several homes also offer dementia care and a range of rehabilitative services such as physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.

See more about Poppy Homes.

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Poppy People

Volunteers, or Poppy People, are the lifeblood of the Legion. The annual Poppy Appeal is completely reliant on the support of its 300,000 volunteer Poppy Collectors. There are also 5,000 trained Volunteer Caseworkers who offer support to ex-Service people and their families in the local community. Hospital and Housebound Visitors bring friendship and companionship to those who often have no contact with the rest of the community.

See more about Poppy People.

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Remembrance Travel

Remembrance Travel (formerly Poppy Travel) and Travel and Learn give serving and ex-Service people, war widow(er)s, new Army recruits and school children the opportunity to visit war cemeteries, memorials and battlefields worldwide. Destinations range from Belgium to Burma and France to the Falklands.

See more about Remembrance Travel.

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