Applying for disability benefits - Other organisations that can help

Age UK

Age UK logo

Age UK's vision is to make the UK a great place to grow older. We do this by inspiring, supporting and enabling in a number of ways, including projects for veterans. The Age UK network includes Age Cymru, Age NI, and Age Scotland and more than 150 local Age UKs throughout England.

Website: Find your local Age UK
Email: contact@ageuk.org.uk
Telephone: 0800 055 6112


The Armed Forces Outreach Service, (AFOS)

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.

Website: The Armed Forces Outreach Service (AFOS)

Contact: Details for all teams


Cardiff Central Library Hub

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.

Website: Cardiff Central Library Hub
Email: veteransadvice@cardiff gov.uk
Telephone: 02920 871000


Castlehill Foundation

Castlehill Foundation

The Castlehill Foundation provides activities and services to victims and survivors affected by The Troubles such as, counselling, complementary therapies, social support, respite, carers support, befriending and welfare and benefits advice. There is also a drop-in service and opportunities to attend coffee evenings.

Website: Castlehill Foundation
Email: castlehillfoundation@outlook.com
Telephone: 028 3833 3840


Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice

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.

Website: Search for your local Citizens Advice


Ely Centre

Ely Centre

The Ely Centre was established after the Enniskillen Poppy Day Bombing on 08 Nov 17, to provide support to personnel injured in this incident and has widened its service to include support to veterans, police and civilians injured as a result of the troubles in NI. We offer, mental health support, health and wellbeing support, counselling, alternative therapies, respite trips financial advice and assistance with benefits and war disability pensions or AFCS claims.

Website: Ely Centre
Email: info@elycentre.co.uk
Telephone: 02866320977


Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire

NFSNY

EFSNY offers a range of help and support for past members of the Armed Forces over 65 in North Yorkshire. We have a range of free support on offer to enable older veterans to live well in later life. This ranges from being able to attend groups and workshops, to healthy lifestyle advice, to befriending and volunteering, gardening, benefits and financial support, home handyman and small improvements service, and much more.

Website: EFSNY
Email: exforces@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk
Telephone: 01904 704 177


Family Fund

Family Fund

Family Fund is the UK's largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.

Website: Family Fund
Email: info@familyfund.org.uk
Telephone: 03330 338 338

Family Fund is a Veterans' Gateway Referral Partner.


Finchale

Finchale

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.

Website: Finchale
Email: andy.wildish@finchale.org
Telephone: 0191 3862634


Forward Assist

Forward Assist

Forward Assist engages former servicemen and women in community engagement projects to utilise their valuable transferrable skills, creating life changing employment, volunteering, education and training opportunities.

Website: Forward Assist
Email: admin@forward-assist.com
Telephone: 0191 250 4877


Links

Combined Forces is a support service for ex-Service personnel based in Llanelli and encompassing Carmarthenshire.

Website: Combined Forces on Facebook
Email: michelle@links.uk.net
Telephone: 07582 717736


Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support

We're here to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can, providing physical, financial and emotional support.

Website: Macmillan Cancer Support
Email: Via contact form
Telephone: 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm)


Mutual Support

The Armed Forces Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Support Group supports members of the Military family Affected by MS. They exist for Serving members of the Armed Forces, Veterans, Reserves, dependants and their carers affected by MS. Mutual Support is one of the MS Society’s National Support Groups. Run by volunteers with direct experience of MS and the Armed Forces, it provides services and activities based on what people affected by MS want. A trained team provide the support you need to deal with your situation, and aim to be at the end of the phone when needed.

Website:Mutual Support
Email:chair@mutual-support.org.uk
Telephone: 0796 270 8899


Mid Ulster Victims Empowerment (MUVE)

Offers help and support to victims,and their families, affected by The Troubles within Mid Ulster.

Website: Mid Ulster Victims Empowerment (MUVE)
Email: muveproject@yahoo.co.uk
Telephone: 028 8676 3349


National Gulf Veterans and Families Association

NGVFA

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.

Website: NGFVA
Email: info@ngvfa.org.uk
Telephone: 0845 257 4853


Outside the Wire

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Outside the Wire is a bespoke alcohol, drug and PTSD service, offering confidential advice and support to current and ex HM Forces personnel and their families across Norfolk, Suffolk & Essex.

All our staff are ex-forces, and can offer innovative, comprehensive support, including confidential meetings at a location of your choice. We are sensitive to the complexities of military life and the often understandable resistance to admitting the extent of personal issues, especially those relating to PTSD, substance misuse and general mental health plus concerns around personal relationships.

Website: Outside the Wire
Contact: Fill in form via this link
Telephone: 01603 626123


Rowans Hospice

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A dedicated nurse will assess veterans’ needs and develop a bespoke plan to support them and their family. This involves arranging access to the Living Well Centre/Rowans Hospice facilities like exercise groups, complimentary therapies, carers support group, reminiscence group, bereavement support, future planning, psychology support, crafts or just a listening ear. Home visits are offered plus links to the veterans’ volunteer companions service. This part of the service is a dedicated group of volunteers who are veterans themselves , currently serving personnel or have experience of the Armed Forces.

Website: Rowans Hospice
Email: veterans@rowanshospice.co.uk
Telephone: 02392 248011


seAp

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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.

Website: seAp
Email: military@seap.org.uk
Telephone: 0330 440 9000


UDR & R IRISH (HS) Aftercare Service

UDR & R IRISH (HS) Aftercare Service logo

Holistic welfare service provider for eligible veterans of the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) and the Royal Irish Regiment (Home Service) (R IRISH (HS)). We also provide help for those personnel being treated and prepared for discharge from the 38 Irish Brigade (38X) Personnel Recovery Unit (PRU).

Website: UDR & R IRISH (HS) Aftercare Service
Email: info@aftercareservice.org
Telephone: 028 9042 0145


Veterans Assist Scotland

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.

Website: Veterans Assist Scotland
Email: gensec@veteransscotlands.org.uk
Telephone: 0131 550 1569


Veterans Community Hub

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.

Website: Veterans Community Hub
Email: veteranshub@goodwintrust.org
Telephone: 01482 485958


Veterans HQ

Veterans HQ logo

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.

Website: Veterans HQ
Email:bob.blanchard@thebreckfieldcentre.com
Telephone: 01512 619 878


West London Mission

West London Mission

The West London Mission (WLM) has been serving people affected by homelessness, poverty and trauma since 1887. We are part of the Methodist Church and run a wide range of services which empower people to live more fulfilling lives.

Website: West London Mission
Email: BPHreferrals@wlm.org.uk
Telephone: 0207 703 9613


Wirral Military Community Services

WMCS

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.

Website: WMCS Facebook page
Email: wirralmcs@outlook.com
Telephone:0751 411 3813


Woody's Lodge

Woody's Lodge

Woody's Lodge is a support project for armed forces veterans, recent leavers, reservists and those serving in the emergency services. We provide friendships, humour, banter and 'brews', while ensuring your peace and safety, while allowing you to get on with day to day life at a place where listening and laughter play a big role in our daily activity. Woody's Lodge also helps with form filling (online and paper) with regards to appropriate benefits and entitlements.

Website: Woody's Lodge
Email: support@woodyslodge.org
Telephone:01446 781792


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