UK Military & Veteran Resources

OrganisationOutline
Combat StressEstablished in May 1919, it is the UK’s leading charity for veteran’s mental health.
Help For Heroes1. Established in 2007. Supports those with injuries and illnesses sustained while serving in the British Armed Forces.
2. Provides mental health support through its Hidden Wound service.
Walking with the Wounded1. Established in 2010. Supports a pathway for vulnerable veterans to re-integrate back into society and sustain their independence.
2. At the heart of this journey is employment.
MOD GuidanceGuidance regarding mental health support for the UK armed forces.
MOD: The Veterans & Reserves Mental Health ProgrammeThe Veterans and Reserves Mental Health programme (VRMHP) provides assessment and treatment advice for veterans (who have deployed since 1982) and reserves who have been deployed overseas since 01 January 2003 as a reservist, and believe that their deployment may have affected their mental health.
PTSD ResolutionProviding counselling for former armed forces, reservists & families.
Scottish GovernmentSets out the Scottish Government position regarding armed forces and veterans’ healthcare.
Career Transition Partnership (CTP) 1. Established in 1997, CTP is a partnering agreement between the MoD & Right Management Ltd, who are global career development & outplacement specialists & part of the ManpowerGroup.
2. The CTP provides resettlement services for those leaving the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Marines.
3. Regardless of time served, all members of the Armed Forces can benefit from CTP support when leaving Service.
4. CTP also operate as an intermediary service for employers wishing to hire Service leavers
Regular Forces Employment Association (RFEA)1. Established on 04 February 1885, RFEA emphasises the need to prepare Armed Forces personnel for civil employment while they were in service.
2. It operates a number of programmes for Wounded Injured and Sick and Early Service Leavers.
The RAF Benevolent Fund (RAFBF)1. Established in 1919, it is the RAF’s leading welfare charity with a proud tradition of looking after its own.
2. The RAFBF caters all serving and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children.
The Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO)Provides a single point of contact for interaction with Government, including local government and the Devolved Administrations; with the Royal Household; with the Private Sector; and, of course, with other members of the Armed Forces Community.
Veterans’ Assist Scotland1. Also known as Veteran’s Scotland.
2. Established in 2011.
3. The website has been set up to put in one place most of the resources you might need, whether it is finding the right school or college for you or your kids; options for somewhere to live; getting access to a War Disablement pension; or finding a route into employment.
Recovery Careers Service (RCS)The Recovery Career Services is focused on delivering an individualised and inspirational careers service that empowers Wounded, Injured and Sick Service Personnel.
British Army Recovery Capability (ARC)The mission of ARC is to support wounded, injured and sick soldiers in their recovery, either to enable them to return to duty or to make a smooth transition into civilian life.
Universities in Support of Wounded, Injured and Sick (UNSWIS)1. Established in 2012, UNSWIS is growing network of Universities across the UK providing short unpaid work placements, taster visits, open days and education and training advice for wounded, injured and sick (WIS) personnel assisting them in their transition to civilian employment.
2. Veterans, spouses, partners and close family members may also need support in gaining employment in order to address changed family circumstances.
The Poppy Factory1. Established in 1922.
2. The Poppy Factory is the country’s leading employment charity for veterans with health conditions or impairments.
SortedComprises of seven well established charities, which provide a wide range of employment related services and support for the Forces community (including spouses/partners and dependants) to find and stay in work.
The Royal British Legion (RBL)1. The British Legion was formed on 15 May 1921, bringing together four national organisations of ex-Servicemen that had established themselves after the First World War.
2. Provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community – serving men and women, veterans, and their families.
CivvyStreet1. The RBL’s employability programme for the Service community in civilian life.
2. Available for both Regulars and Reserves.
Legion ScotlandThe Scottish arm of the RBL.
Officers’ Association1. Established in 1920: the Association received a Royal Charter in 1921.
2. Has very close ties with The Royal British Legion.
3. Supports officers and their dependants.
ABF: The Soldiers’ Charity1. Established in 1944, the ABF (formerly the Army Benevolent Fund) is the national charity of the British Army.
2. Has a vision to ensure “That all soldiers, veterans and their immediate families should have the opportunity to avoid hardship and enjoy independence and dignity.”
Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT)1. Established in January 2012 by a £35 million Big Lottery Fund 20-year endowment.
2. FiMT awards grants and commissions research, coordinates the efforts of others, and supports projects that deliver long-term solutions to the challenges faced by the Armed Forces Community.
RAF Association (RAFA)1. Established in the 1930s.
2. Offers welfare and personal support to current and former personnel and their dependants.
SkillForce1. Is a national education charity.
2. Provides a range of innovative award programmes delivered by predominately ex-Services personnel to children and young people aged 5-19.
Forces Pension SocietyA not-for-profit organisation fighting and campaigning for Service pensions rights for the armed forces and their families.
Naval Families Federation (NFF)The NFF was set up at the request of the Government in order to allow the families of the Naval Service to have their voices heard.
Gurkha Brigade AssociationProvides support to Gurkhas and their families.
Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Families Association (SSAFA)1. Now known as SSAFA.
2. Established in 1885.
3. The charity exists to relieve need, suffering and distress amongst the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in order to support their independence and dignity.
Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity1. Single focus charity for the Naval Service.
2. Provides major grants to serving units and to naval charities.
3. Key outputs are: serving – dependants; amenities; sport and prizes; and through-life care–benevolence.
Haig Housing Trust1. Is the leading housing provider for ex-Service people and the strategic housing partner of Help for Heroes.
2. The main object of the Trust is to provide housing assistance to the Service and ex-Service community.
Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS)1. Delivers an independent and impartial 24 hour specialist welfare service to those members of the British Armed Forces who are receiving hospital care, their dependant relatives and entitled civilians in order to contribute to the coherence of the recovery and rehabilitation pathway for service personnel.
2. The crucial practical and emotional support is provided at times when it is most needed and is bound by a code of confidentiality.
3. DMWS brings the Covenant between the Armed Forces and the Nation to life through its support of the wounded, injured and sick whilst under hospital care.
Blesma (The Limbless Veterans)A national charity formed in the years following the First World War which supports all limbless ex service men and women, their widows and dependants.
Trafford Veterans1. Established in 2015.
2. Provides Veterans Breakfast clubs, and other activities, within the Trafford area.
Walnut Tree Health & Wellbeing C.I.C.1. Provides health recovery activities, crisis support, and coaching and mentoring to emergency service personnel, current and veteran members of the armed forces, and others.
Help 4 Homeless Veterans1. Based in Yorkshire, the charity provides assistance to veterans in the form of access to social housing.
2. Is a member of the Community Covenant Veterans Support Groups in Barnsley and Doncaster.
Veterans for Wildlife1. Veterans for Wildlife is an international charity committed to the protection of wildlife and the world’s critically endangered species.
2. By deploying highly-skilled and experienced former service personnel, Veterans for Wildlife aims to play a key role in conservation and the prevention of wildlife crime.
Gulf Veterans AssociationProvides information on resources, event, and advice aimed at Gulf War veterans.
Royal Commonwealth Ex-services League (RCEL)1. The remit of the charity is to help ex-Service men and women who served The Crown and their widows who are now in need.
2. Benevolence monies are dispensed to beneficiaries through a network of ex-Service Organisations across the Commonwealth with the aim of providing 2,400 calories, or 2 meals a day to each beneficiary, to ensure a healthy diet.
Armed Forces Veteran Friendly Accredited GP Practice1. This means that GP Practice has a dedicated clinician who has a specialist knowledge of service related health conditions and Veteran specific health services.
2. This is important in helping Veterans to get the best care and treatment.
Vulnerable Veterans1. Established in 2012.
2. The Vulnerable Veterans Project helps British armed forces veterans, reserves and their families who come into contact with the criminal justice system or become homeless.
Blind Veterans UK1. Established in 1915.
2. Helps ex-Service personnel of every generation rebuild their lives after sight loss.
3. They provide rehabilitation, training, practical advice and emotional support to blind veterans.
Veterans Gateway1. Acts as a first point of contact for veterans seeking support.
2. They put veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more.

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