Services and Support for Our Members
We endeavour to provide a range of services for local veterans and their families, as well as the wider community. All of the services we offer are only made possible through the efforts of our team of volunteers, some of whom are members, and others who have chosen to support our work by joining the citizen’s auxiliary. As a member, you are welcome to avail yourself of any of the services listed below, but we do ask that you consider how you may be able to contribute to the life of our Sub Branch by becoming involved in our activities. We would value your contribution any time you have a few hours to spare.
Become a part of our organisation or support our work by Joining the RSL, or get in touch by Contacting Us.
Pensions and Welfare Service
Trained advocates are available to assist all members to access their entitlements through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and/or to offer a guiding hand in obtaining other pension and welfare services. The Pensions and Welfare Service, located in the RSL Western District Branch Inc. office at 126 South St, Centenary Heights, is staffed by experienced advocates who are available by appointment. To access this service, please contact Michael Boyd, Regional Coordinator, Veteran Services on (07) 4687 4906 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A small team of volunteers is happy to visit our members who may be unable to leave their homes, including residential aged care facilities. We also offer a friendly visit to local veterans as well as those from around the district, who may be hospitalised. This service extends to all three hospitals in Toowoomba.
Funeral and Bereavement Team
An important role that Toowoomba United RSL Sub Branch Inc. fulfills is to ensure that our veterans are given appropriate recognition as part of their final farewell. The Funeral Team will officiate at a Poppy Service and will, upon request, deliver a eulogy which acknowledges the deceased veteran’s service. This team is overseen by one of our members, Mr Jim Danskin.
L.J. Kimber Resource Centre and Library
This treasure trove contains a large number of items of historical interest, many of which have been donated to our organisation by returned service personnel and/or their families. They are an important part of our local community's military history acknowledging the role that the men and women of Toowoomba and the Downs have played in serving their country. As we take our responsibilities as custodians of these priceless objects very seriously, work on cataloguing, preserving and restoring these items is ongoing.
The Resource Centre can also assist with any enquiries you may have about the service of a relative, obtaining service records, ordering medals, etc. The library contains a collection of books, magazines and reference works as well as offering a lending section containing a good cross section of paperback fiction and non-fiction by popular authors.
Our Citizens' Auxiliary assists the Sub-Branch to provide social events for its members, as well as assisting with many of the fundraising activities. The Auxiliary is made up of enthusiastic volunteers who enjoy contributing to the life of the Sub-Branch.
Their many activities include -
* Friday morning bingo
* Bi-monthly social bus trips
* Merchandise stalls
* Friday evening social get-together
* Members' Christmas Party
To join the Citizens' Auxiliary, please complete the membership application form on the Join the RSL page.
Social Get Together - Every Friday 5pm - 8pm
Relax and unwind at the end of a busy week!
All members, ex-service personnel, current serving members and their guests are welcome to drop in to the Western Front Bar at Soldiers' Memorial Hall on Friday evenings from 5pm - 8pm (except when closed over Christmas/New Year) for a friendly chat, delicious finger food and drinks (alcoholic / non-alcoholic). This is a great way to meet your fellow members and learn about the latest happenings.
On Friday evenings the entrance to the Western Front Bar at Soldiers' Memorial Hall is is via the rear door off Graham Street, Toowoomba City