The ASDIC network links member Drop-Ins together for their mutual benefit and makes them more accessible. Sometimes called Hubs or Centres, each Drop-In will already have its own way of doing business and joining ASDIC does not mean that mature arrangements or well proven practice should change, especially when they accord to local resources and conditions. Indeed one of the strengths of the Drop-In community is the way each one is able to reflect local conditions.
However, members of ASDIC will be expected to conform to the ethos, spirit and culture of the Association, making sure that their activities always remain in the best interests of Service Users. The aim is to build on existing foundations and help Drop-Ins to improve services in a coherent way and, in so doing, reflect the principles of the ASDIC brand. To this end, all member organisations are encouraged to use the ASDIC logo on their promotional material, making it clear that they are part of the ASDIC family. This will be made available when joining.
In 2019 the ASDIC Drop-In Working Group produced a short leaflet on how to set one up with A Simple Guide to Starting a Veterans Hub accompanied by a helpful guide offering more detailed considerations in our Grow Your Own Hub Guide
The membership conditions are explained in the ASDIC Framework Document Essentially, to be eligible for join ASDIC, Drop-Ins should
- Be open regularly, at least once per month.
- Offer support to SUs without charge.
- Have a volunteer and/or pro bono component of staff.
- Encourage all relevant potential Associates in their local area to visit the Centre and assist SUs whenever possible, and build a mutually beneficial relationship with ASDIC’s Regional Coordinators and all appropriate representatives in the local community.
- Be a member of Cobseo themselves or be sponsored by a representative of ASDIC after a visit.
- Have been in operation for at least six months.
ASDIC welcomes new members and all qualifying Drop-Ins are encouraged to join. ASDIC looks forward to their contribution to the network, expanding the help and support that can be offered collectively to veterans and their families.
Those who would like to join should read the ASDIC Framework Document carefully and download the Membership Application and Agreement. This should be completed and sent to the ASDIC office. Note that in doing so they enter into the agreement on behalf of all those who represent their organisation, that they will abide by the guidance set out in the Framework document and will keep in close touch with the ASDIC Management Team as their work develops.
Please remember ASDIC relies on each Drop-In to keep their details up to date on the ASDIC website, so when changes occur please make sure you tell us.
Welcome to ASDIC!