Over the last six months we have answered many enquiries about the formation of the NCCF. Why there are two magazines. Are the organisations joined? Is it still part of the BNTVA? We decided to publish some of the main questions.


Asking Questions

‘Asking Questions’ by Marcos Luiz on Unsplash


How was the NCCF created?
The Nuclear Community Charity Fund was created by the original BNTVA Charity to manage the Phase I Aged Veterans Fund projects (grants made available from the government). Constituted as a sub-committee of the BNTVA,  the NCCF delivered the first 12 months of projects with the approval of the AVF.

Why did the old BNTVA split into two organisations?
At the 2017 Gateshead AGM, members were given the opportunity to vote to close down the old BNTVA and to create both the NCCF and BNTVA as completely new organisations operating under Foundation status as Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO) This provided the opportunity for a major organisational change within the BNTVA. During the bid process for Phase II funding, the AVF requested that the NCCF should become an independent charity in its own right.

Why a CIO Charity?
A Foundation status CIO’s membership is only open to people who become Trustees. They are the only people who can attend the CIO AGM and vote on matters. In effect, they hold the foundation in trust for its beneficiaries.  All other people who join the CIO are Associate Members,  and may be afforded privileges such as access to copies of magazines etc. CIO’s are the preferred structure by the Charity Commission and provide clear accountable management for the charitable purposes.

How did the change happen?
In September 2017 the conference motion was achieved and the two new organisations were fully in place to begin operation. All the resources of the old BNTVA were vested to both the new organisations to enable them to discharge their charitable purposes.

This process is now fully complete, and the old BNTVA will be de-registered in due course. The finances were distributed to ensure the NCCF was provided with all the funding from the AVF grant and the new BNTVA received all the other funds from the old organisation. Other assets were similarly distributed; The BNTVA crest was vested to the BNTVA, The NCCF logo to the NCCF. The details of the members of the old BNTVA were passed to both new organisations to enable them to contact their potential beneficiaries, to fulfil their charitable purposes.


How the old BNTVA split into two separate organisations

Organisations Diagram

Why are there 2 magazines?
The BNTVA were going to have an independent editorial section in the Exposure magazine as part of the Nuclear Community Communications Project. This would have been completely free of charge with all design, print and mailing costs being met by the NCCF for the next 3 years. At the very end of the proofing process at the point of sending the artwork to print. The New BNTVA trustees decided they would prefer to produce the magazine themselves. The NCCF respected this decision and passed the artwork of the completed BNTVA section to the New BNTVA to help them with production of that edition. The New BNTVA has since continued to publish Campaign magazine as an ‘in house’ production. This is the reason why there are two separate magazines.

Independent Charity?
The NCCF became a completely independent charity and has no charitable association to the New BNTVA. The NCCF has continued to flourish, representing and caring for the entire British Nuclear community – Veterans, Spouses, Widows and all the subsequent generations. The NCCF has given Care Wellbeing and Inclusion support to many members of our community regardless of their membership in any other organisation or none.

Will I Have to pay two lots of subscriptions?
To be an Associate member of the BNTVA currently starts at £20 per year. The NCCF Board have taken the decision to waive fees for the first 1000 members of the nuclear community who subscribe. Not just for this year but for the next three at least!

So the NCCF is free?
Yes, the Board of Trustees took the decision to waive fees so that members would not be confronted with two organisations competing for their money and being forced to make a decision of which organisation to join. This is no longer a problem. Join the NCCF and get involved in our activities across the community and we are sure you will stay with us.

How has the NCCF engaged with the Nuclear Survivor Community?
We have contacted all the old members of the BNTVA and many of them have opted to receive information from the NCCF. With the publicity raised by media mentions of research, new members are finding their way to the NCCF through The centre for Health Effects of Radiological and Chemical Elements (CHRC) at Brunel University London, and the NCCF Board have launched a number of approaches to ensure further penetration into the British Nuclear Survivor Community. There are potentially 140,000 members in the UK.

Who is running the NCCF?
The NCCF Board has a core of trustees who’s experience successfully managed the old BNTVA for many years. If you look at the Trustee page most of you will recognise these members and know that the organisation is in safe experienced hands. We are currently supplementing this core with new trustees, bringing specialisms that will benefit the future activities of the organisation.

What projects are the NCCF delivering?
We are the only organisation delivering projects to the entire nuclear community backed by almost £6 million in government funding. Through CHRC we are sponsoring and engaging in all aspects of research into our community.

The CHRC is a National centre of excellence and a reference hub for all research into our community and its issues. This will eventually feed out through Brunel University’s STEM Centre (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) which aims to engage children of all ages engendering them to education.

The NCCF is also caring for the Nuclear Veteran memorials across the UK with both the NMA and Leeds memorials being refurbished and rededicated this year. We take the role of custodian of the nuclear communities heritage as a very special charge.

What about the future?
The NCCF has a clear vision for the future. A future where the needs of veterans’ offspring will become the most important issue in our community. The Care Wellbeing and Inclusion Fund are already receiving almost as many applications from offspring as from the veterans themselves.

The Remembrance and Communication projects are fully funded for three years and we have plans in place to extend them beyond this period. The CWI Fund has an endowment invested that will provide its working fund for at least the next 15 years and we have planned for the continuation of the organisation to be able to meet our charitable purpose throughout this period.

Our mission statement is ‘Making that Difference’and you can be assured that the NCCF will be around for many years, doing just that.