The ASDIC network links member Drop-Ins together for their mutual benefit and makes them more accessible to Service Users. 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 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.
The ASDIC Drop-In Working Group is drafting guidance for Drop-Ins and in the meantime has produced a short leaflet on how to set one up: A Simple Guide to Starting a Veterans Hub
Supporting services (Delivery Partners) are now also invited to join ASDIC as Associate members and their details are shown in the Associate Directory. Each Associate page describes the services they can offer and allows Drop-Ins to see what could be available to support them in their area. The Drop-In pages similarly show the Associates where their services might complement those of other organisations to best effect.
Full details of the way in which ASDIC is set up are explained in the ASDIC Framework Document.
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 Service Users without charge.
- Have a volunteer and/or pro bono component of staff.
- Have at least two Delivery Partners in attendance (eg The Royal British Legion, Citizens Advice).
- Be a member of Cobseo themselves or be recommended by a member of Cobseo.
- Have been in operation for at least one year.
ASDIC welcomes new members and all qualifying veterans’ 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 who served in the Armed Forces, the Merchant Navy, the Fishing Fleet and their families.
Those who would like to join should read the ASDIC Framework Document carefully and download the Membership Application. 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 General Secretary as their work develops. All membership for the first year is “Interim” as the Association matures.
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!