The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) Grants Department held a 'Needs Workshop' this week at HMS Excellent, bringing members of the serving community together to explore what they need from the National Charity of the Royal Navy.

Facilitated by RNRMC Director of Relationships and Funding, Mandy Lindley and RNRMC Trustee WO1 Gary Nicolson MBE, a wide range of current Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel were invited to voice their opinions on what they think the RNRMC currently does for them as well as how they would like to see the charity support them in the future.

The aim of the morning was to collect information and develop an understanding of need as presented by serving personnel which will support the morale and efficiency of the naval service. As the RNRMC looks to plan funding themes and target resources for 2018 and beyond it is important to hear directly from our beneficiaries when planning how best to support our naval service personnel.

The information collected will directly influence where the Naval Service Amenity Fund (NSAF) is utilised and used to benefit the naval community. Currently, the fund facilitates the provision, support and improvement of facilities and activities for the recreation and amenity of naval service personnel and their dependants. It also provides financial assistance for travel and associated accommodation and subsistence expenses to naval service personnel on deployment and connected persons.

The event was hosted by the entire RNRMC Grants department, including Head of Grants Anne Carr, Grants Officers Michelle Midgley, Sarah-Jayne Craig and David Williamson.

We would like to thank everybody who attended the Needs Workshop, your comments and opinions will make a huge impact in the strategic planning of the NSAF over the coming years.

We would invite any serving personnel who may have further suggestions to please get in touch with our Grants Department by clicking here.