The First West Indian Regiment 1795 - 1927

West Indies Association
for Service Personnel

COMING SOON: A year long series of artistic events curated by studioSTRIKE to support of the charity's heritage and membership. The project incorporates a film festival, photographic exhibition, publications, oral history roadshows, a film school for young people and the commissioning of new art works. Please send all festival related queries and comments to Afshin Dehkordi

WIASP is a UK-based charity which, since 1972, has provided lifetime welfare support to anyone of Caribbean Heritage who has served in the British Armed Forces. WASP is a volunteer-based organisation with a network of trained case workers throughout the UK and also in the Caribbean, the USA and Canada, where large numbers of Caribbean veterans now reside.

WIASP assists both serving personnel and veterans and their families with the provision of:

Financial Support

Pension issues; helping those in financial difficulties to receive all the benefits they are entitled to and seeking funds from other sources if they are still in need.

Housing Services

Short-term and emergency accommodation for Service families, rough-sleeping soldiers and those leaving prison.

Mentoring and Re-training

One-to-one support to underpin the process of transition into civilian working life.

Support Groups and Support Schemes

For families of injured personnel and bereaved families. Emotional and practical support to help those affected by a range of crimes including physical assault, sexual violence, burglary, racism and domestic abuse.

13, Clapham Manor Rd
SW04 6DZ London
United Kingdom

Caribbean men and women have served in the British Armed Forces for over 250 years.

With the exception of the Gurkhas, people of Caribbean Heritage make up the highest percentage of ethnic minority people in the British Armed Forces.

In addition to its welfare work with military veterans, WASP supports its local community in Lambeth through a range of provision including: Luncheon Clubs for pensioners; supplementary Saturday Schools; mentoring, vocational and sports programmes for young people at risk of joining gangs and hosting community groups’ activities within its Headquarters.

Registered Charity No. 279644