Decorum NI is an organisation that supports and empowers those security forces who served during the Troubles in Northern Ireland during the period of Op BANNER from 1969 – 2007 and their families by giving them a voice to ensure that a constituency of need which is otherwise silent can be heard.
 Although the Offices of Decorum NI are at 26 Balloo Avenue, BANGOR, there are no boundaries and members come from as far away as the North Coast and Fermanagh as well as more local areas covering 52 Post Codes in all.  There are also members in Great Britain and Isle of Man.
Activities are co-ordinated from the Bangor Office where a Drop-In Centre is open Mon-Fri for social interaction and tea/coffee and for use by members under the guidance of the full time Senior Staff Officer Mitch Bresland.

Our Purpose

•  Decorum NI will work independently and collaboratively to meet the complex physical, mental or social needs of its members contributing to their overall well-being.

•  Decorum NI strives to ensure that the true and accurate story of those who served is told in a way that engenders a better understanding in society in general.

•  Decorum NI seeks to ensure that the legacy of the service given is generous in recognising the sacrifice and is promoted to give a fuller understanding to current and future generations. In fulfilling its purpose Decorum NI will operate in an all encompassing equality framework.

•  Decorum NI is to promote, advocate and address the needs of former security service personnel and their families who have suffered as a result of the violence perpetrated over the period of Operation BANNER between 14th August 1968 and 31st July 2007.

•  Decorum NI welcomes applications from all Service personnel at home and abroad – subject to compliance with the conditions of our Registration procedure (a unique way of keeping in touch with former service comrades)
•  Decorum NI was Constituted in 2015 and granted Charity status by the NI Charity Commission and and is an independent organisation that strives to work with all recognised Service organisations, like-minded community organisations and voluntary and statutory bodies in order to provide whatever support and need that members may have. We currently do not charge any membership or joining fees.


Membership is for all those who served in the Armed Forces, Police or Prison Service in NI from 14 August 1969 – 31 July 2007 (known as Operation BANNER /The Troubles), and their immediate family/dependants.

ALL members must be registered by completing a registration form to join and provide documentary proof (i.e. copy of service papers) of service or family connection.

Individual Membership of Decorum NI is open to anyone who meets the following criteria:

  • Must have served in NI between 14 August 1969 – 31 July 2007,
  • Is a family member/dependant of someone who served between 14 August 1969 – 31 July 2007.

Associate membership– is by invitation by the Management committee to individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Served in the Armed Forces, Police or Prison Service between 14 August 1969 – 31 July 2007 who are domiciled in or strongly linked to NI,
  • Can demonstrate a strong connection with the membership during the period 14 August 1969 – 31 July 2007,
  • Volunteer their services to help Decorum NI.

Associate members will be regarded as part of the Decorum NI family circle. 

Associate members have no voting rights at meetings


•  If you would like to join Decorum NI you can download the 2  registration forms below