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 British Nuclear Test Veterans Association
The British Nuclear Test Veterans Association(BNTVA)exists for recognition and restitution of our servicemen who participated in the British Nuclear Tests. We provide: bereavement support with standard bearers and funeral drapes at funerals; a closed Facebook discussion group for descendants; a reunion in Weston Super Mare (every September) for over 100 veterans and their families; assistance with War Pension applications; a quarterly magazine for members; campaigning for a medal for our veterans for their unique service.
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.
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.
The Contact Group
The Contact Group (‘Contact’) is the UK collaboration for military mental health policy, treatment and research. The group’s core membership includes UK statutory and non-statutory (charity, academic and professional) organisations working together to improve mental health support to the UK armed forces community, including serving personnel, veterans and their families, through collaborative work on a number of priority projects. Contact also acts as the mental health cluster for Cobseo, the Confederation of Service Charities. As well as Contact core members, a number of Contact associate, research associate and partner organisations are also involved in the work of the group. Membership of the group and engagement in its collaborative work is entirely voluntary.
The Defence Gardens Scheme
The Defence Gardens Scheme offers a 10 week nature based therapy programme. This is a combination of practical gardening skills and supported self help for managing anxiety, depression, and stress. Support is provided for progression from the programme to a range of training, volunteering as well as full and part time employment.
Deptherapy seeks to rehabilitate UK armed service personnel and veterans who have suffered life-changing physical and or mental injuries and illnesses, through the medium of specially designed scuba programmes.
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.
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
Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire
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.
Felix Fund provides welfare support and financial assistance to serving, ex-Service and SO15 (Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Unit) personnel who have conducted or assisted with Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and search duties. This includes all aspects of bomb disposal and search work from the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. Support ranges from financial grants for those in need to wellness breaks and training programmes to help manage trauma and stress.
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.
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.
Future for Heroes
F4H aims to develop the ability of service leavers and retired members of the armed forces of all ranks and status, and their spouses or partners where appropriate, to manage the dramatic change in cultures when resuming civilian life, ensuring they are better able to identify their own needs and thereby fully participate in society. Helps with training, and developing confidence and coping mechanisms.
GambleAware funds education, prevention and treatment services and commissions research to broaden public understanding of gambling-related harm. Use GambleAware's website to find out how gambling works, to check if you, or someone you know, may have a gambling problem, and find tips on how to stay in control. Also access free, confidential help via the National Gambling Helpline, by phone or online.
Combined Forces is a support service for ex-Service personnel based in Llanelli and encompassing Carmarthenshire.
Mid Ulster Victims Empowerment (MUVE)
Offers help and support to victims,and their families, affected by The Troubles within Mid Ulster.
Models for Heroes
Models for Heroes (M4H) provide model making supplies to over 50 serving Military, Veteran and Emergency Services treatment organisations around the UK and overseas territories - utilising over 100 national volunteers. We also take referrals, from recognised professionals, on behalf of those unable to attend modelling sessions (contact us for more details). Model making activities promote confidence, well-being, behavioural activation and social interaction.
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.
Outside the Wire
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.
A network of 200 therapists trained and regulated by the Human Givens Institute delivering free, one-one therapy promptly, locally, briefly, and effectively to all veterans, reservists and family members.
Rapport Housing and Care
Lawson House is Rapport Housing & Care's new extra care housing scheme in Larkfield, Kent. The scheme comprises 74 one and two bedroom apartments alongside excellent communal facilities. The scheme is for over 55s who could benefit from a little support to remain independent. Twenty of the apartments are reserved for veterans.
We offer a wide range of courses, workshops and activities to support people as they discover and develop their skills and interests on their journey through recovery. All our facilitators are dedicated to recovery and wellbeing and have a range of personal and/or professional experience in adult education, mental health recovery and dual diagnosis.
Our courses are available to anyone, regardless of their experience. All are welcome to attend the college and we promote equality & diversity and support everyone who becomes a student to accomplish their learning and recovery ambitions. We do this by providing a safe, welcoming and non-judgemental learning environment.
RNID provide information on hearing loss and tinnitus to veterans, their families and carers (in England, NI and Wales). Get in touch with them for a dedicated information sheet. They also partner with NHS audiology services in some parts of the UK. Get in touch to find out more.
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.
Royal Air Force Association (RAFA)
When one of the RAF family needs a friend, they turn to us. That's because we can be there on the doorstep, in person, to help sort out the problem and share the load. When times are tough, nothing beats friendly, face-to-face support from someone who really cares.
The Ripple Pond
A self-help support network for the adult family members of physically or emotionally injured Service Personnel and Veterans.
Samaritans offers a safe place for you to talk, any time, in your own way, about whatever is bothering you. We're here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are confidential, free to call and will support anyone. If you're given the time and space to talk things through, you can find a way through your problems. Samaritans help you to explore your options so you can make decisions that are right for you.
Scotty's Little Soldiers
Scotty's Little Soldiers provides support to children & young people (aged 0 to 25) who have suffered the loss of a parent serving in the British Armed Forces. Assistance is provided through four key programmes and includes respite breaks, group events, a range of development grants and bereavement support.
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.
Soldier's Arts Academy
The Soldier's Arts Academy provides a platform through which veteran and serving military personnel, and their families, can participate in the creative and performing arts. We are currently running weekly online workshops in theatre, art, singing, guitar, magic, poetry and photography for all levels of experience. We also professionally produce exhibitions, readings, films and theatre productions, and strongly support veterans looking to establish a professional career in the arts. Military members receive mentoring with industry experts and education to support their artistic development.
Sporting Force supports ex-Service personnel who have been wounded, injured or become sick during service by offering a route into civilian employment within the professional sports industry. They also provide education, exercise and social events to veterans and their families to relieve mental health issues and feelings of social isolation.
Togetherall (formerly Big White Wall) is a clinically managed, online mental health community that empowers individuals to anonymously get support, 24/7. The service provides millions of people throughout the UK, New Zealand and North America with the opportunity to talk with others going through similar experiences, self-guided courses and resources to support mental health, all in a judgement free environment. Togetherall is free to all UK serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families aged 16+. To register, visit our site.
Turn to Starboard
Turn to Starboard offer several strands of activity including Royal Yachting Association (RYA) sailing courses, family sailing trips, Tall Ship sailing and competitive racing. Our focus is on resettlement, reintegration and reinforcing a sense of value and belonging for participants, along with an opportunity to gain professional sailing qualifications to start new careers in the marine industry.
UK Veterans Hearing Foundation
The UK Veterans Hearing Foundation helps veterans with hearing issues generated by military Service. They utilise independent reputable audiologists throughout the UK to provide individual assistance to each veteran. And they provide top of the range hearing devices at no cost, with a dedicated aftercare service for veterans. As well as fitting top of the range hearing technology they support the associated conditions of tinnitus and mental health issues, through their partners. This helps to reduce the anxiety, depression and social avoidance that veterans often experience as a result of hearing loss.
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 Contact Point
Veterans Contact Point aims to help all serving members and veterans of the UK Armed Forces, their spouses, and dependents by working in partnership with others and other organisations to assist in the provision of schemes, grants, and services for their resettlement, rehabilitation, retraining, employment, and ongoing welfare. The service is available across the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire areas.
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.
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.
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.
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.