Support groups – Other organisations that can help

Age UK

Age UK logo

Age UK is leading the Joining Forces project in partnership with SSAFA, the armed forces charity. The project provides tailored support to older veterans (born before 1950 and having completed at least one day of service) through a guided conversation and action-planning, followed by support to complete those actions to support improved wellbeing.

Website: Age 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
Telephone: 01133 281148

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
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

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
Telephone: 02866320977

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.

Website: EFSNY
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
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
Telephone: 0191 250 4877

The Invicta Foundation


The Invicta Foundation supports individuals and Forces families affected by military service in the UK. This includes wounded, injured and sick service personnel and families who may be affected as a result of military service. Their mission is to improve the welfare of these individuals and Forces families wherever impossible. With an array of fundraising events and volunteer projects planned across the year, The Invicta Foundation welcome you to join their endeavours to help support those in need. They support individuals and families across the UK.

Website: The Invicta Foundation
Telephone: 01206 617001


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

Website: Combined Forces on Facebook
Telephone: 07582 717736

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
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)
Telephone: 028 8676 3349

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.

Website: NGFVA
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
Telephone: 01724 855333

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)
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
Telephone: 020 7730 2400

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund


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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Telephone: 08452 412 189

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.

Website: WMCS Facebook page
Telephone:0751 411 3813

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