The Gurkha Welfare Trust

The Gurkha Welfare Trust (GWT) is the UK-based side of the organisation, responsible for fundraising and general governance. The Trust’s HQ is located in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

See a list of our Patrons and the Board of Trustees.

See a list of our Regional Branches.

The Gurkha Welfare Scheme

The Gurkha Welfare Scheme (GWS) is the Trust's field arm. It distributes welfare aid to Gurkha ex-servicemen and their communities under the terms set out by the GWT.

Day-to-day operations of the GWS and its network of Area Welfare Centres (AWCs) are run by a Field Director who is stationed in Pokhara.

Each AWC is managed by an Area Welfare Officer with a small dedicated team that ensures local veterans have access to welfare and medical support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In total, the GWS has a team of around 340.

Although operating in a difficult political climate – especially at the height of the Maoist insurgency - GWS and its team work hard to avoid any real or perceived political allegiances. This neutrality has underscored their reputation for integrity, diplomacy and resilience.

Gurkha Welfare Advice Centres

The Gurkha Welfare Advice Centres (GWACs), based in Salisbury and Aldershot, are responsible for providing welfare advice to Gurkha ex-servicemen that have moved to the UK.

Visit the Welfare Advice page.

Where we work

Check out an interactive map of our footprint in Nepal and the UK.

The Trust at a glance

A brief summary of what we do and our plans for the coming years.

Take a look at an infographic covering the Trust's work in 2015-16.