Frequently Asked Questions
- What does ASDIC stand for?
The Association of ex-Service Drop-In Centres (ASDIC).
- What does ASDIC aim to do?
The ASDIC network aims to link veterans and families’ Drop-Ins together for their mutual benefit and make them more accessible to Service Users.
- How much does it cost to join?
Membership is Free of charge.
- Why should I join ASDIC?
To benefit from being connected with a like minded group who offer a range of services and support for Veterans. Your Drop-In will also be listed on our directory, you will receive our Newsletter and be invited to our annual Conference.
- How can I find where Drop-Ins are located?
The ones that have joined ASDIC are listed on our Directory. They can also be found on the Veterans Gateway map alongside other local resources.
- Do I have to be a registered Charity to join?
No. Each Drop-In can retain its individual identity within the context in which it was set up, whether on its own, as an independent charity, CIC or subordinate to a parent organisation (eg NHS, local County Council).
- Where is the ASDIC Conference held?
The ASDIC Conference is held annually in the Autumn. In a bid to reach a wide audience and to attract a range of speakers, we change the location each year. To date we have held this event in London (2017), Gateshead (2018) and Bolton (2019).
- Who can become an Associate?
Any organisation that supports and/or attends a Drop-In is able to join ASDIC as an Associate member. Commonly referred to as Delivery Partners they can include agencies like Citizen’s Advice, an Employment organisation, a firm of Solicitors or a Financial Adviser, or the larger charities like SSAFA or TRBL. Details of Associates are shown in their own Directory on the website, so they can all work together, and Drop-Ins can see the range of support out there to help them.
- What is the Framework document?
The Framework document explains how ASDIC is set up and describes the way in which it works. It covers the Eligibility Criteria, the Benefits and Code of Conduct expected of all Drop-Ins. It contains Membership Agreements for Full and Associate membership and between them they include all the conditions of membership.
- What is the relationship between ASDIC and Veterans Gateway?
ASDIC is complementary to Veterans Gateway and focuses on the social support offered by the Drop-Ins across UK and the specialist assistance provided through their Delivery Partners. ASDIC is therefore designed to introduce the Drop-Ins and Delivery Partners to each other, so that they can work together to provide an integrated layer of support beneath Veterans Gateway’s umbrella.