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 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


 

Big White Wall

Big White Wall

Big White Wall (BWW) delivers personalised support and recovery pathways to improve mental health and related conditions via a safe and engaging collaborative platform of peers and professionals. Big White Wall is free to all UK serving personnel (including reservists), veterans/ex-serving, and their families aged 16+, thanks to the support of Help for Heroes, the Ministry of Defence and NHS England. BWW works with the NHS, the armed forces, employers, and universities. The fact that it is anonymous and easily accessible online, 24/7, helps reach those who may not otherwise access support.

Website: Big White Wall
Email: theteam@bigwhitewall.com
Telephone: 0203 4056196


 

The British Nuclear Test Veterans Association

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.

Website: Support from The British Nuclear Test Veterans Association
Contact: Contact page for The British Nuclear Test Veterans Association


 

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

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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


 

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)


Mesothelioma UK

MESO Armed Forces

Mesothelioma UK is a national specialist resource centre, specifically for the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma. ‘Mesothelioma UK – Supporting Our Armed Forces’ service is aimed at serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans, mesothelioma patients, families and carers wanting to find out more about treatment, support, care and benefits/compensation available. The service provides a specialist mesothelioma nurse, based in Southampton and a comprehensive research programme is underway to quantify and describe the mesothelioma burden amongst the Armed Forces. 
 
Website: Mesothelioma
Email: info@mesothelioma.uk.com
Telephone: 0800 169 2409

Models for Heroes

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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.

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


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


 

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

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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


 

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


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


Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is Scotland's national skills body. We offer a range of services to help people of all ages with skills and employment, including those leaving the Armed Forces. From SDS's centres, you can access free career guidance, CV support, advice on apprenticeships, information on local opportunities and more to help make the transition to Civvy Street easier. Online, myworldofwork.co.uk is packed with expert career information, advice and tools to help you think about your strengths, skills and interests and how you can put them to use in your new career.

Website: Skills Development Scotland
Contact: Get in touch
Telephone: 0800 917 8000


 

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 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


 

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


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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