About the Royal Observer Corps Benevolent Fund

The Royal Observer Corps Benevolent Fund is a national charity that provides assistance to former members of the Royal Observer Corps and their dependants who are in need, hardship or distress.

The ROC stood down from its duties in 1995 after 70 proud years serving in war and peacetime. Many thousands of men and women - more than 200,000, in fact - gave valuable service over that time. It is estimated that there are still some 60,000 former members eligible to call on the Fund. Their dependants may also be eligible for assistance.

If you wish to find out more about the Royal Observer Corps, click here. Former members of the Royal Observer Corps also have a thriving Association which operates nationwide. If you have a non-welfare inquiry, or to find out more about the activities of the Association, click here.

Introducing the Royal Observer Corps Benevolent Fund

You can find out more about the work of the Royal Observer Corps Benevolent Fund in this short film which sets out what we do and how you can get help if you are a former member of the Royal Observer Corps, or a dependant, in need, hardship or distress.

Raising Awareness of Our Work

One of the biggest challenges we face as a charity is raising awareness of our work and maintaining our public profile. It is quite some time since the ROC was stood down from its duties, and some who once served may have forgotten that we are still here for them today, and for their dependants, in times of need, hardship or distress. That is why we take the opportunity to meet the public and to tell them about our work, as the Chairman of our Trustees, Christopher Howard, explains in this short film shot at the 2016 Armed Forces Day National Event at Cleethorpes.

A message from a former Commandant Royal Observer Corps - Air Marshal Cliff Spink

I was pleased to be asked to provide this message for the Royal Observer Corps Benevolent Fund in support of their efforts to reach out to those former members of the Corps, and their dependants, in the wider community.  As a former Commandant ROC and the President of the ROC Association, I am well aware of the stalwart character of the volunteers that served in the Corps.  The organisation and its personnel served the nation very ably for seventy years.  However, it is now over twenty years since the Corps was stood down.  It is becoming very evident that within the estimated sixty-thousand former members remaining, many are not aware, or have forgotten about their Benevolent Fund and their eligibility to call on its resources when in need.

The task is to broadcast the Fund’s message not only directly to the individual former members of the ROC but their families, friends and other organisations that provide those in need with support.

I am sure we all wish the ROCBF well in their endeavours of providing a service to those that once freely gave their service to the nation.

Air Marshal Cliff Spink CB CBE FCMI FRAeS RAF Rtd