CAOGA is to the forefront in providing officers’ welfare services. The services listed are as a result of the feedback provided by you, our CAOGA members as to your requirements today.
The Defence Forces Personnel Support Services provide assistance and advice to Serving and Retired Officers.
Staffcare 24 hour Careline Free Phone 1800409388
Everyone can experience a crisis in their lives. Staff care services is available at the time of crisis through counselling, or critical incident de-briefing. The service provided is one to one counselling. It is an independent and confidential helpline available to DF personnel.
SAOR is a weekly support meeting for DF personnel who are experiencing alcohol related problems. The group is non-judgemental and confidential and is facilitated by DF personnel who are trained in the field of addiction and counselling.
Aware is a voluntary organisation formed in 1985 by a group of interested patients, relatives and mental health professionals, whose aims are to assist that section of the population whose lives are directly affected by depression. Contact at 1890303302 www.aware.ie
Samaritans provides 24 hour emotional support to anyone experiencing suicidal distress, despair or suicidal thought. Established in 1962 there are now twenty seven Samaritans branches across Ireland with 2188 active volunteers. Samaritans are contactable at 1850609090 www.samaritans.org
www.1life.ie is website that deals with individuals who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or in a crisis. 1life can be contacted at 1800247100 or by texting HELP to 51444
Guardianship and parental rights
www.treoir.ie is an organisation who deal with unmarried parents, guardianship, legal rights and matters pertaining to difficult family situations involving children. LoCall 1890 252084.
www.mabs.ie – Money and budgeting service (MABS) operates 65 offices nationwide. LoCall 1890 283438 9am-8pm Monday to Friday.
National Consumer Agency
www.nca.ie is a very useful website which advises on borrowing, saving, investing, dealing with debt issues and planning for retirement.
Retirement Planning Council
http://www.rpc.ie/ has details of courses for a happy retirement at a centre near you.
CAOGA Benevolent Fund
The most important of these is the CAOGA Benevolent Fund for officers, whether serving or retired, who find themselves in financial distress through no fault of their own. Applications are processed through the CAOGA Brigade Representatives and handled in strictest confidence. Applications can also be made directly to the Secretary of CAOGA.
Subscription €2.00 per month, (serving officers only)
What constitutes distress?
- an event that could not be anticipated
- extreme hardship caused by circumstances which would lead to a harmful effect on the standard of living of the officer and his dependents
Cost of illness beyond that covered by health insurance
Funeral expenses of a dependant child or relative which would not be met by the normal CAOGA benefit.
Assistance is by way of a grant.