Help for Heroes

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What we do

We fight for those who fought for us. We give them, and their loved ones, one less battle to fight, and the strength to recover and get on with their lives, by providing services for those living with injury or illness as a result of their military service. This includes veterans, those who have previously had roles supporting British Armed Forces, those still serving, and their families.

How we do it

We offer physical, psychological, financial, welfare and wellbeing support for as long as it is needed.

We do this through one-to-one support, group courses, fellowship, sport, and activities. Our services are provided through a blended means of delivery, ranging from in-person to on-line, which gives us the best chance of reaching those needing our support. Means of contact and access requirements are discussed and agreed with those seeking our support.

One-to-one support

  • Our Case Management Team works with individuals and families where there are a number of needs, or those needs are complex, in order to put together a coordinated plan for support. Case Managers also offer specfic advice and guidance on a range of issues such as money, health, housing, and benefits.
  • Our Hidden Wounds Team provides assessment and treatment for mental health difficulties. Trained clinicians provide a range of 1:1 treatments including CBT and counselling, and also deliver psycho-education groups as part of our Recovery College.
  • Our Clinical and Medical Team works with men and women with physical health challenges and serious complex injuries, delivering holistic support and helping them re-engage with their community.
  • Our Very Seriously Injured Programme (VSI) supports men and women living with catastrophic injuries who need round-the-clock care. We help them gain access to appropriate support such as speech and language therapy, financial assistance with carer costs and specialist equipment, so that they can achieve a level of independence and a quality of life that many of us take for granted.
  • Our Grants Team help veterans and their loved ones in need of urgent financial support to aid their recovery. Our grants can fund anything from housing adaptations to specialist equipment.

Recovery College

When a military career comes to an end for medical reasons, the future can seem overwhelming. Our Recovery College is the first of its’ kind for wounded veterans and their families, offering courses to help them develop the skills and knowledge to aide their recovery journeys. Our courses are co-produced by recovery staff, together with veterans who have been through, or who are going through, the recovery process. We understand that the challenges you faced when leaving the military because of illness or injury can be complex. Those who have already embarked on a recovery journey often have the best insight into what helps.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions,face-to-face delivery of courses hasn’t been possible yet. In the meantime, live courses are delivered on-line and there are digital self-help guides available on our website.

Sports, Activities and Fellowship

Many veterans and their families suffer from social isolation as a result of their circumstances and miss the camaraderie and stability of the Armed Forces network they’ve had to leave behind. To tackle this and promote mutual support, our Band of Brothers Fellowship provides an opportunity for veterans to meet and share experiences. Our Band of Sisters Fellowship provides support and events for close family members.

Our Sports Recovery Programme is a great way for veterans to motivate and challenge themselves, keep fit and manage their conditions. Whether they want to explore a new activity, join a local club or even have their sights set on representing their country again, we can help.

Examples of what we offer

  • Recreational Sport to improve your physical, psychological and social health.
  • Competitive Sport where you can continually seek progress and advancement to a higher level of performance, e.g. our Polo, Cricket, Sitting Volleyball and Para-Climbing teams.
  • Major events such as Invictus Games, Warrior Games and Operational Surf.
  • Performance Sport where if you are a high-performance athlete you may become part of a recognised Home Country or GB Team.
  • Coaching Academy is a new programme we designed to deliver a sports coaching development programme. This is achieved by supporting you gain your sports coaching qualification alongside offering coach education in partnership with UK Coaching
  • Digital Sports Recovery whereby we offer virtual opportunities to veterans who are house bound through means such as home workout video series and Zwift cycling sessions.

Why we do it

We believe anyone affected by their military service deserves to live a secure and healthy life with purpose. We exist to give these men and women, and their families, the support they need for as long as they need it. We also put pressure on the Government to do more.

We won’t stop until every wounded veteran gets the fair deal they deserve. Because no veteran should be left behind.

You can find out more about how and where we deliver our services, and read about the people we've helped on the Help for Heroes website. To get support from Help for Heroes, please click here.

 More information

For advice or support, contact:

Telephone: 01980 844280

Email: getsupport@helpforheroes.org.uk

Website: Help For Heroes

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