If you’re going through a difficult time, a caring, friendly face and a non-judgemental, listening ear goes a long, long way.

Meet your Welfare Officer

James Shanks
Welfare Officer
Mental Health

Every mind matters

The North of England Branch is committed to challenging the the stigma surrounding Mental Health by helping our current and former members with maintaining a sense of belonging to our unique and closely knit community.

The Irish Guards Benevolent Fund is a registered charity aimed at providing welfare assistance to those in need across the wide spectrum of our Regimental network.

If you're suffering with any Mental Health issues, please contact us and we'll put you in touch with our Welfare Team. All contact is completely confidential.

We've also put together some helpful links for you to reach out to the right places, if you want complete confidentiality:

Beyond The Battlefield Info
Beyond The Battlefield Flyer
Welfare Contacts
Support Services
Wigan Armed Forces Community
Combat Stress: Veterans Mental Health
Armed Forces Community Support Hub

Mental Health CharitiesContact Us
Quick Links

Some useful links for Micks

Below are some links to services that you may find useful as a serving or retired member of The Irish Guards:

Army Families Federation
Veterans Rail Card
SSAFA: The Armed Forces Charity
The British Legion
Boughton House: Brochure
Boughton House: History

Veterans & Armed Forces Pension Scheme

A world-class pension scheme

When a member of an Irish Guards member reaches their retirement age, they receive one of the most generous pensions available in the UK. This fairly reflects the unique sacrifice you have provided to the country.

All members of the armed forces are automatically enrolled into the Veterans & Armed Forces Pension Scheme. Unlike all other public schemes, members pay 0% in contributions each month. The scheme is unfunded and paid from the public purse.

It's important that you have all the information on your pension, it belongs to you. To find out more, visit our Veterans Pension Scheme page below.

Learn more
Welfare Newsletter

'Thank you for your support during these times'

The Commanding Officer, Lt Colonel Rob Money, talks about how Irish Guards around the world have supported the counter-COVID operation and Op SHADER 10 in Iraq, Kuwait and Cyprus.

Read the Newsletter