ABF The Soldiers’ Charity
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity offer a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their immediate families when in need. They can provide grants and financial support to veterans and their dependants for a range of issues including emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Amicus Trust provide up to two years' accommodation for veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We also offer a range of services in education, employment, mental health and life skills to support individuals as they rebuild their life.
The Armed Forces Outreach Service, (AFOS)
The Armed Forces Outreach Service is a local authority partnership covering County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, South Tyneside and Northumberland. Our outreach team are based in council and housing offices and help members of the Armed Forces Community gain access to housing, welfare, debt advice, employment and other support. Our team have specialist knowledge and service access to help with housing matters in particular and we work with all major forces charities, organisations and the NHS.
Contact: Details for all teams
Cardiff Central Library Hub
A Veteran Specialist is available by appointment. The Veteran Specialist can advise on housing, can help complete forms and give extra support with issues such as benefit entitlement.
Citizens Advice provides free, confidential and independent advice to help people overcome their problems. We are a voice for our clients and consumers on the issues that matter to them. We value diversity, champion equality and challenge discrimination. We're here for everyone.
Please use the link below to find contact details for Citizens Advice near you.
Erskine provides unrivalled support to veterans in Scotland, through care homes and a Veterans Village, comprising cottages, an Activity Centre, Assisted Living Apartments and Single Living Apartments. Our person-centred care is tailored to the needs of each individual veteran. For veterans who need help to begin the next chapter of their lives, Erskine offers social, recreation and training facilities at the Activity Centre, single and family accommodation and employment opportunities in partnership with Scotland Bravest Manufacturing Co.- all within a Veterans Village setting supporting veterans of all ages.
Erskine is a Veterans' Gateway Referral Partner
Services at Finchale include accommodation and housing; offering a bespoke service towards sourcing sustainable accommodation; employability and training; CV building, job applications, interview and confidence techniques. It also offers support towards mental and physical health issues. Support is further extended to families and reservists. Finchale also works collaboratively with external agencies to support and provide guidance to veterans with a wide range of issues.
First Choice Housing Association (FCHA)
FCHA provides supported housing for veterans who are transitioning from military to civilian life. "Ty Dewr" is a 12 bed scheme for veterans who have support requirements and in need of accommodation.
The Footprint Trust
Help with energy use in the home on the Isle of Wight. Gives impartial, confidential help to anyone on the Isle of Wight about using heating and energy in the home, to keep warm and well and to avoid debt. Can help with practical support such as tariffs, switching, how to set heating (including night storage heaters), and access to grants such as Warm Home Discount. Can negotiate with Southern Water and energy suppliers on your behalf, if required. Also offers training to ex-Service people on these matters. Help is available by phone or through home visits to people living on the Isle of Wight. Self-referrals accepted.
Housing Options Scotland (HOS)
Military Matters (MM) is a specialist project within Housing Options Scotland focusing on housing issues affecting people serving in the military in Scotland, service personnel transitioning into civilian life, veterans and dependants. MM also provides housing information, advice and mental wellbeing support.
Launchpad offers 50 self-contained flats in Speke House, Liverpool and another 30 in Avondale House, Newcastle. Several members of staff support the residents in each house during the daytime and they help the veterans make a lasting transition to civilian life, helping them with finances, including benefits and job hunting. The staff signpost the veterans to specialists who can help them with welfare, health, training and housing, among other things. Residents do pay a rent which is covered by housing benefit until individuals are employed.
Launchpad is a Veterans' Gateway Referral Partner.
The Military Mutual
The Military Mutual is a genuine Mutual set up to provide fair financial services products such as home, landlord, military kit, small business and commercial cover to those who are serving, veterans, their families and, organisations that support our military family. The Military Mutual is owned by and run for the benefit of its members. A key aim for the business is to generate future trading surpluses that can be used to support members and the wider military family community. When you take out cover with The Military Mutual, you become a Member and this gives you the opportunity to have a say on what priorities the business sets in the future.
The Scottish Government is committed to making sure no member of the Armed Forces veterans community in Scotland faces any disadvantage when accessing services and support. The Scottish Government has also appointed a Scottish Veterans Commissioner whose remit is to improve outcomes for all veterans. The commissioner is independent of the government and has his own dedicated funding. Veterans in Scotland can get support for healthcare, housing, funding for education and training, employability, Armed Forces pensions, and referrals to other organisations.
Website: Mygov Scotland
National Gulf Veterans and Families Association
The NGVFA supports those affected by Gulf War 1, Gulf War 2 (Iraq), Afghanistan, and all future desert conflicts. Many returning home from these conflicts develop health or social problems. The NGVFA helps veterans (whether ill or not), Service personnel who were vaccinated but were non-deployed, Armed Forces personnel who are still serving , family members, widows and widowers, and civilians contracted to the armed forces. They work throughout the UK and abroad.
The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust (RNBT)
The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust (RNBT) supports those who are serving or have served as Warrant Officers and below in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines , and their dependants, who find themselves in need or distress. They offer grants to individuals on a case by case basis. They may be able to provide funding for training, courses and associated costs.
Supporting veterans and direct family members, who face health, housing, financial and social problems by providing confidential practical support to get their voice heard. We are aware that some veterans struggle to access services and support needed to maintain civilian life. Experienced staff offer tailored one-to-one support which seeks to: improve access to and experiences of mainstream services; maximise income; have needs and views respected; ensure rights under the Armed Forces Covenant are understood; improve mental health through increased confidence.
Veterans Assist Scotland
Veterans Assist Scotland is an online information hub and signposting service for veterans and those supporting veterans. They can provide contact details for the various Armed Forces and Veterans Champions, employment information, housing options, as well as information on public and voluntary sector support across Scotland, based on specific needs.
Veterans Community Hub
Veterans Community Hub offers an informal space in Hull for ex-servicemen and women. Help is offered with employability, homelessness, social isolation, outreach and family support.
Veterans First Point
Veterans First Point helps veterans "whatever their needs may be". We meet clinical needs and also provide wider support and advice. We provide peer support worker-led caseload management of welfare issues including housing, finance, employment, independent living and families. Our clinicians also provide mental health assessment and treatments, via psychiatrists and psychologists. Veterans can self refer via drop- ins, phone and email. We also accept referrals through GPs and other agencies and provide in-house clinics from Citizen's Advice Bureau, Veterans UK and the Armed Services Advice Project.
Veterans HQ is a free and accessible one stop centre of support for ex-Armed Forces personnel, reservists and their families. The centre is run by a team of friendly staff who can provide information, advice and support on many areas relevant to the Armed Forces community such as welfare and benefits, housing, health and wellbeing, and employability. Drop-in sessions are available to those who need help with job applications and there is also a Custody Co-ordinator on-site for those who are in, or about to leave the criminal justice system. Veterans HQ also offer a health and wellbeing programme that includes access to a fitness centre, social activities, counselling and group therapy.
Wirral Military Community Services
Wirral Military Community Services offer veteran outreach; one-stop Shop & Drop-In; employment support; enterprise start-up; signposting to Local Agencies; welfare benefits advice; MoD welfare pension advice drop-in; housing advice and support; healthy living advice and support; diet and PT advice; access to holistic therapies; and engaging with a diverse range of community-based projects.