Support groups – 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 & Veterans' Breakfast Clubs, (AFVBCs)

ABF The soldiers charity

The Armed Forces & Veterans' Breakfast Clubs, (AFVBCs) are completely free to join and enable veterans (and those in active service) to meet face to face in a relaxed, safe, social environment. Also run by veterans and those currently serving, they transcend all ages and there are over 230 clubs worldwide. Use the link below to find your nearest club, and simply go along.

Website: Find your local Breakfast Club


Burnley Football Club in the Community

Burnley Football Club in the Community logo

The Burnley Football Club runs a number of sessions that can be accessed by Veterans to enhance their mental and physical wellbeing.

Website: Burnley Football Club in the Community
Email: a.turner@burnleyfc.com
Telephone: 01282 704 716


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


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The CWGC honours the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars. Our work commemorates the war dead, from building and maintaining our cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations in more than 150 countries to preservation of our extensive records and archives.

Website: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Email: https://www.cwgc.org/contact-us


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.


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


The League of Remembrance

The League of Remembrance provides veterans, their widows and dependants, the opportunity to continue to contribute to society through volunteering. In addition, you will become part of a 'family' that is now over 100 years old, offering you companionship, welfare support, social events, and modest financial support where appropriate.

Website: The League of Remembrance
Email: info@leagueofremembrance.com
Telephone:020 7881 0987


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


Models for Heroes

Image

We provide plastic scale modelling and figure painting supplies, tutoring and therapeutic model making sessions to service charities in the UK. We also provide models and hobby materials following referrals for positive mental wellbeing.

Website: Models for Heroes
Email: enquiries@modelsforheroes.co.uk


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


North Lincolnshire Veterans' Community Hub

North Lincolnshire Veterans' Community Hub logo

The North Lincolnshire Veterans' Community Hub is where you can meet and chat with veterans to share experiences and find support. The hub is also staffed by veterans who volunteer 3 days a week and details of opening hours can be found on the website.

Website: North Lincolnshire Veterans' Community Hub
Email: support@nlvch.org
Telephone: 01724 855333


The Ripple Pond

The Ripple Pond

A self-help support network for the adult family members of physically or emotionally injured Service Personnel and Veterans.

The Ripple Pond is a Veterans' Gateway Referral Partner

Website: The Ripple Pond
Email: admin@theripplepond.org
Telephone: 01252 913021


Rowans Hospice

Rowans Hospice logo

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


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.

Website: Royal Air Force Association (RAFA)
Email: welfare@rafa.org.uk
Telephone:0800 018 2361 (9am to 5pm, Monday - Friday)

Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) is a Veterans' Gateway Referral Partner.

The Not Forgotten Association

TNFA logo

The Not Forgotten Association provides recreational and entertainment opportunities to any serving man or woman who is wounded, injured or sick and any veteran of any age with a disability, illness or infirmity. Support is offered through a varied programme of tailored activities and events including Royal Parties, concerts, holidays, outings and the provision of televisions and TV Licences. Each of these activities is intended to restore confidence, enhance wellbeing, boost morale and improve the chances of the individual and their family to enjoy life.

Website: The Not Forgotten Association
Email: info@nfassociation.org
Telephone: 020 7730 2400


The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

RAFBF

The RAF Benevolent Fund has a strong tradition of looking after the RAF Family in the UK and overseas. They support all serving and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children. They provide a range of opportunities for people to make connections with each other, including RAF Telephone Friendship Groups, Welfare Breaks and a Lunch Club (West Sussex only).

Website: The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
Email: WelfareServices@rafbf.org.uk
Telephone: 0800 169 2942


The Ripple Pond

The Ripple Pond

A self-help support network for the adult family members of physically or emotionally injured Service Personnel and Veterans.

Website: The Ripple Pond
Email: admin@theripplepond.org
Telephone: 01252 913021


Scotty's Little Soldiers

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.

Website: Scotty's Little Soldiers
Email: members@scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk
Telephone: 0800 092 8571


Sporting Force

Sporting Force logo

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.

Website: Sporting Force
Email: info@sportingforce.org
Telephone:0800 050 9502


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 Contact Point

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.

Website: Veterans Contact Point
Email: contactus@veteranscontactpoint.co.uk
Telephone: 0247 634 3793


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


War Widows

War Widows

We offer specific support and guidance and also signpost to other organisations. We offer comradeship and friendship at both national and local level. We ensure we focus on all services, ranks and ages. We have regional organisers in all areas of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. They keep in contact with members living in their area and organise local events. At a national level, we organise events to include all members.

Website: War Widows
Email: info@warwidows.org.uk
Telephone: 08452 412 189


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


Is this answer helpful?