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Charity or other organisations that might be able to offer advice and support or practical help to serving personnel.
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Gives lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their families. Financial assistance is available to all soldiers and their families when in need, either directly to individuals to help in areas such as debt relief, mobility assistance, education bursaries, care home fees and respite breaks, or as grants to other charities.
About Turn CIC Support and guidance to ex-service personnel who are experiencing difficulties in adjusting to a new life as a civilian, particularly when experiencing homelessness or housing problems, substance misuse problems, mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder, on probation or after release from custodial sentences.
Airborne Engineers Association Membership required. Provides assistance to members of the Association who require access to welfare support.
Airborne Forces Security Fund Financial assistance for former officers or soldiers, regular or TA, who have passed P Company or UK Special Forces selection procedure and have qualified as a military parachutist, and have served in an Airborne or Special Forces unit.
To contact the fund direct, write to:
The Airborne Forces Security Fund
RHQ PARA, Merville Barracks
Essex CO2 7UT
Tel: (01206) 817078 or 01206 817079
All Wales Veterans Health and Wellbeing Service Works to improve the mental health and well-being of veterans.
Armed Forces Charities Free to use, searchable database of UK armed forces charities, developed by the Directory of Social Change with support from the Forces in Mind Trust. Users can search for specific armed forces charities by name, activity and type, including welfare and benevolent charities.
Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club Free to use, there are no subs or joining fees. Veterans or service personnel only pay for their own breakfast, and even then, clubs tend to ensure that the cost of breakfast for World War 2 veterans, and those suffering hardship, are taken care of.
Armed Services Advice Project Information, advice and support to members of the armed forces community in Scotland on a a range of topics, including benefits, debt, employment, relationships and housing.
Army Of Angels Support for wounded service personnel: purchase of household necessity items, respite breaks (UK Only), modifications to homes for disabled veterans, rehabilitation equipment, rehoming of soldiers living on the streets.
Army Widows’ Association Support and friendship to the widows and widowers of service personnel.
Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women Dedicated to the care and wellbeing of Jewish ex-service personnel and their dependents.
Association of Royal Navy Officers (The) A membership association with over 6,000 members fostering links between the officer corps and providing support for the Royal Navy.
Association of Wrens Helps former Wrens keep in touch with friends and colleagues from service days.
Benefits and Money Advice Service NI A partnership between the Royal British Legion, the Royal Airforce Benevolent Fund and Citizens Advice NI, can provide support and assistance to serving and former service personnel and their dependants and carers on benefits and money matters, including debt advice.
Blind Veterans UK (St Dunstan’s since 1915) Help for blind former service men and women to lead rewarding and independent lives. Support is available not just those who lost their sight through warfare, but anyone who has ever served in the armed forces and has experienced serious loss of sight since.
BNTVA The Atomic Veterans’ Charity Welfare support for all veterans who have served and are serving where atomic materials are involved.
Bridge for Heroes Help and support for serving members of the armed forces, their dependents, veterans, widows, bereaved families following Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
British Forces Resettlement Services Help for the armed forces community with transition into a civilian career.
Canine Partners National charity that trains assistance dogs to help veterans and civilians with everyday tasks, giving them independence, confidence and a better quality of life.
Citizen Advice Bureau Stockton and District Advice and Information Service Free, confidential and independent advice for anyone in the Stockton Borough. Tel: 01642 633877
COBSEO: The Confederation of Service Charities Help and support for with issues of common concern, particularly welfare.
Combat Stress The UK’s leading military charity specialising in the care of veterans’ mental health.
Cruse Bereavement Care Advice, information and support to anyone who has been bereaved (children, young people and adults), whenever or however the death occurred.
Erskine Nursing and medical care for former members of the armed forces.
Forces in Mind Trust (The) A partnership of UK armed forces charities, mental health organisations and other charities that offer help to the serving and veteran community, particularly with transition to civilian life.
Focus on Disability Information on disability, benefits, welfare reform, health issues and mobility; email advice, resources directories and independent living products in the UK.
Forces Pension Society Membership society for authoritative advice on pension related matters including redundancy, transition, divorce, widows’ rights, how changes in pension and tax entitlements.
Greenwich Hospital Charity Charitable support including annuities, sheltered housing and education, to serving and retired personnel of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines and their dependants.
Hull Veterans Support Centre Hull and the surrounding area. Support service for veterans and their direct family members who are suffering from PTSD, ill health and homelessness or who are experiencing difficulties adjusting to civilian life, hardship due to a dramatic change in their personal circumstances, or unemployment.
Inside Right – Football Foundation A mental health and wellbeing football programme for ex-service personnel aimed at improving physical and emotional health and wellbeing.
Liverpool Veterans Project Support to ex-service personnel, their families and those leaving the services and residing in the Liverpool area on access to mental health support, complementary therapies, employment help, housing information advice and support, referrals to specialised programmes (for example, drugs and alcohol), gym and fitness sessions.
Mental health support for the UK armed forces Mental health support and advice facilities for service personnel, reservists, veterans and service families.
Mutual Support: Armed Forces Multiple Sclerosis Support Group Support for serving and former members of the armed forces and reserves, their dependants and carers affected by multiple sclerosis.
National FEPOW Fellowship Welfare Remembrance Association Practical help and assistance to former Far East Prisoners of War (FEPOWs) their wives and widows for home adaptations and mobility equipment, financial payments for hospital stays, nursing home grants, information about reunions (twice a year) and reunion grants, plus a transport grant to such reunions.
National Gulf Veterans and Families Association Wide ranging support for those affected by Gulf War 1 and Gulf War 2 (Iraq), Afghanistan, and all future desert conflicts.
North East Scotland Disabled Veterans Association Help for disabled veterans whether the disability was due to time in service or when in civilian employment, to re-integrate back into civilian life. Although a disabled veterans association, able bodied veterans are also supported.
Officers Association Scotland Employment advice and support, and welfare support including financial assistance.
Outside the Wire Confidential alcohol and drug advice and support.
Poppy Scotland The leading charity supporting ex-service personnel and their families in Scotland.
Poppy Factory (The) Employment help for disabled veterans
PTSD Resolution Help for veterans, reservists, and their families to reintegrate into a normal work and family life following military post traumatic stress suffered as a result of service in the armed forces.
The Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) Association Benevolent support and assistance to all members, according to their need, as far as it lies within the power of the association.
Queen Alexandra Hospital Home Specialist nursing care, residential and respite care for ex-service personnel, enabling residents to live as independently and actively as possible in an environment that they can think of as their home.
Royal Air Force (RAF) Benevolent Fund Practical, emotional and financial support for all serving and former members of the Royal Air Force as well as their partners and dependent children.
Royal Air Force (RAF) Widows’ Association Emotional and financial help.
Regimental Association The Royal Logistic Corps (The) Seeks to maintain contact between serving and former members of The Royal Logistic Corps and its Forming Corps through membership of the association, fraternal gatherings, its publications and newsletters.
Regional Driving Assessment Centre Assistance in the rehabilitation of those who may have become disabled to help them to regain independent mobility. Advice about anything concerning driving or travelling as a passenger and also about what type of adaptations may be required to vehicles.
Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society Housing, residential and nursing care to all former seafarers, particularly the elderly, infirm or disabled, their widows and dependants across the UK, as well as non-seafarers.
Royal Air Forces Association (The) Help and support for any past and present members of the RAF and their families who are in need.
Royal Army Medical Corps Charity Any entitled association member in need of relief can be referred to the Royal Army Medical Corps Benevolence Committee through a Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen & Families Association (SSAFA) or Royal British Legion caseworker in the first instance.
Royal Artillery Charitable Fund (RACF) Advice on all welfare and benevolence matters as well as one off or recurrent grants for all essential needs, except legal fees and private medical treatment.
Royal British Legion (The) Life care and support to all members of the British armed forces past and present, and their families. Wide ranging advice, including financial, employment, welfare, bereavement, as well as residential care and respite support.
Royal British Legion’s Knowledge Base
The legion’s online self-help resource centre
Royal British Legion Industries (The) Accommodation, employment and support services to armed forces members and families, particularly those who have experienced injury or sickness.
Royal British Legion Scotland Help and practical advice for ex-service personnel of all ages across Scotland to adapt to civilian life.
Royal Caledonian Education Trust Educational grants for the children of current and former Scottish service personnel.
Royal Cambridge Home (The) Residential, respite and respite day care for ex-service women and the widows and female dependants of all who have served in the UK armed forces, whether regular, territorial or reserves.
Royal Commonwealth Ex Services League Welfare support for ex-service personnel of the Commonwealth countries who have at some time served the British Crown and who live overseas.
Royal Engineers Association Support for serving and former Sappers, their wives or widows and dependent children.
Royal Fleet Auxiliary Association Help and advice to members on association matters and artefacts, reunions and bereavement.
Royal Hospital Chelsea The home of the Chelsea Pensioners. Residential care for army veterans who served in Korea, the Falklands, Cyprus, Ireland and World War 2 and soldiers from the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns when they retire.
Royal Naval Association (The) Help for current and former naval service personnel and their relatives through regular social events, fundraising, advice on welfare and employment, or emotional support.
Royal Naval Engineers’ Benevolent Society Promotion of intellectual and general welfare and provision of death or invaliding benefits for members.
Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity A grant making charity providing valuable funds for naval and military charities that work with families and veterans, especially those experiencing difficulty with child support, ill-health, old age or hard times.
Royal Navy Royal Marines Widows Association Friendship, support and comfort, social events, and sign posting to other support organisations for widows, widowers and recognised partners of in receipt of financial support by way of pension or other from the Ministry of Defence.
Royal Navy Officers Charity Financial relief for serving and retired commissioned officers of the Royal Naval Service and their families who are in financial distress, including grants to enable children who are in private education to complete a key phase of education after the death of an eligible parent or to provide stability during a period of family turmoil.
Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund is the only charity dedicated to supporting children whose parents work, or have worked, for the Naval Service. The needs of the children are paramount and help is provided when not available from family or statutory sources.
Royal Signals Benevolent Fund Comfort and relief to past and present signallers and their dependants who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress.
Royal Star and Garter Homes (The) Outstanding nursing and therapeutic care to the ex-service community.
Service Leavers Wales Advice, guidance and support for all veterans in Wales and their immediate family members.
Scottish Veterans Residences Supports independent living for ex-service personnel of all ages and their spouses who find themselves in times of need, through residences and independent flats.
Scots Guards Financial assistance to serving or former Scots Guards, their partners and children. Excludes those who were discharged as ‘Services no longer required’.
Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society (Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society) Financial support to retired or permanently disabled seafarers and their widows/partners in cases of need.
Shoulder to Shoulder A TimeBank mentoring project, run in partnership with Combat Stress, matching volunteer mentors with ex-service personnel (including former reservists and TA) who are recovering from mental health problems to provide help in their transition to civilian life by increasing their potential for social inclusion.
South Atlantic Medal Association 1982 [SAMA (82)] The Association of service personnel, and civilians who were awarded The South Atlantic Medal (1982) following their contribution to Falkland Islands campaign in 1982.
SORTED! – Together into sustainable employment Employment information, advice and guidance.
South Central Veterans Service Help and support to all former members of all ranks of the British armed forces.
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA)
Practical support and assistance to service personnel, veterans and their families.
SPACES: the Single Persons Accommodation Centre for the Ex- Services Help for single former service personnel to find appropriate accommodation when they leave service, thus reducing homelessness or sleeping rough after discharge.
Spear: Homelessness to independence Help for homeless people in South and West London to find secure accommodation and work towards a positive future.
St David’s Home Care for the elderly and rehabilitation of the physically disabled, including ex-service personnel.
Stoll (formerly Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation) Help to enable vulnerable and disabled ex-service personnel live as independently as possible.
The Survey Ship Association Fosters “Esprit de Corps” and comradeship amongst past and present ships companies of all Royal Navy survey ships.
Thistle Foundation Accessible housing and medical support for disabled veterans so they can live in their own homes, with their families.
Turn2us Assistance with welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help.
Troop Aid Support for injured service personnel.
The Veterans Contact Point: Armed Forces Centre Confidential and free service for veterans and their families living and working in Coventry and Warwickshire.
Veterans Charity (The) Support for injured service personnel.
Veterans First Point Holistic welfare and psychological support for veterans and their families living in Lothian.
War Widows’ Association of Great Britain (The) A pressure group to improve the conditions of war widows and their dependants in Great Britain.
Winston’s Wish Winston’s Wish provides support for parents, carers and professionals supporting military children or young people who have been bereaved in families with a connection to the military. The first port of call for any family, or professional working with a family, is to call our Freephone National Helpline on 08088 020 021. Our Helpline team can offer advice and guidance, as well as on-going support. Calls are free and opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Women’s Royal Naval Service Benevolent Trust Relief in cases of necessity or distress among women who served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service and their dependants.