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The Parachute Regimental Association (PRA) was formed at the end of the Second World War to further the interests of The Parachute Regiment and to organise functions and activities so members could continue associations formed during their service with the Regiment and Airborne Forces.

PRA membership covers all age groups and different cap badges with branches nationwide, including Northern Ireland. Meetings are generally held monthly to organise social functions, visits, reunions, pilgrimages, battlefield tours and, of course, to catch up on the latest Regimental news and gossip over a drink or two.


SSAFA Forcesline 08007 314 880(Monday – Friday 1030 – 1930 hrs) or by  email info@ssafa.org.uk … Free and 100% confidential helpline that provides a supportive, listening and signposting service for serving personnel, former members of the Armed Forces and their families.
The Royal British Legion 0808 802 8080(0800 – 2000, 7 days a week) or by emailinfo@britishlegion.org.uk …The Royal British Legion supports serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.
Samaritans 08457 909 090 ROI 1850 609090 (available 24 hours) or by emailjo@samaritans.org … Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.
Combat Stress 08001 381 619 (available 24 hours) Confidential and safe help and advice about Service-related mental health issues for the whole military community.
NHS Direct – England and Wales 0845 4647 (available 24 hours) Providing 24-hour medical information, advice and reassurance, and helping millions of callers each year.
NHS 24 – Scotland 08454 242 424(available 24 hours) … NHS 24 provides comprehensive health information and self-care advice to the people of Scotland.
Veterans UK Welfare Service 08081 914 218 Information on claiming AFCS, Armed Forces Independence Payment, Medical Discharges and Pension. Forecast Requests:http://www.veterans-uk.info/pensionscompensation.html
SSAFA … Kent SSAFA Kent is the local branch of a national charity which offers lifelong support to our Forces and their families. Founded in 1885 the charity has been supporting service families ever since. The help offered today is different in practical terms from 129 years ago, but is still the one to one support offering help in whatever circumstances our clients find themselves. It may be debt (in Kent we pay for professional debt advice which is free to clients), it may be homelessness (we work with other charities to fund deposit and first month’s rent), it may be the need for furniture or furnishings, help with Disabled Facilities Grants (stairlifts and bathroom conversions), it may be help for prisoners’ families – whatever the need our volunteers do all they can to help on an individual one to one basis. Your first point of call … Opening times

Monday to Friday 09.00-17.00 All case referrals should be emailed to the Branch Secretary at kent@ssafa.org.uk Contact Details >>> Phone: 020 8895 6716 <<<


Welfare Laura McPhilemy Regimental Welfare Officer The Parachute Regiment … Tel: (01206) 817103 The Parachute Regiment Charity helped over 118 people this quarter. 78K was given in grants to assist with mental health employment training, household goods, priority debt, mobility, house adaptations and funerals. People have been helped in the UK and internationally. If you are a serving soldier or Airborne veteran and require welfare assistance please contact me on rwo@parawelfare.org.
Regimental Welfare Officer
Regimental Welfare Officer
In order to provide assistance contact either SSAFA 08007 314 880 or the RBL 0808 802 8080. They will complete a Form A (request for assistance) and send it to either The Airborne Forces Security Fund or Support our Paras. Once verification of service has been received assistance can be given. If you or your family are sick or need advice … please talk to someone. Veterans with welfare needs should contact The Royal British Legion, SSAFA or The Officers’ Association. These organisations have case workers who can assist you promptly and professionally and will approach RHQ on your behalf, if appropriate. Read more …
Pegasus Journal All ex/members of The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces are entered into the next available issue of the Pegasus Journal. https://pegasusjournal.org/ We would require the following information to do this: Full Name Date of Birth Date of Death Service Number Units Served Write to: Pegasus Journal RHQ PARA Merville Barracks Colchester CO2 7UT EMAIL >>> lisa@pegasusjournal.org TELEPHONE >>> Colchester (01206) 817088
RHQ – PRA … London & South East PRA Branches