Sources of support

Support from charities, government and other supporting organisations

Service directories
General advice and support
Children and families
  • Army Families Federation -  Support, information and guidance to individuals and Army communities
  • Naval Families Federation - Have your views heard, feel valued and be treated with fairness and respect
  • Royal Air Force Families Federation - Support, assistance and an independent voice regarding issues or concerns
  • Reading Force - a reading scheme for forces family and friends. Taking part is free, fun and easy
  • Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) - Tri-Service organisation funded by the MOD. Provides information and support to Service families and eligible MOD civilians on all aspects of the education of their children in the UK and overseas
  • Little Troopers - registered charity supporting all children with one or both parents serving in the British Armed Forces, regular or reserve which provides fundamental resources, initiatives and events to ease and aid repeated separation periods aiming to keep parent and child connected and bonded even when miles apart
  • Armed Forces Education Trust - The Armed Forces Education Trust is a charity working for children and young adults whose education has been compromised or put at risk as a result of parents’ past or current service in our Armed Forces. More info on their grants
Housing
  • Mike Jackson House - supported housing for single veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and who have support needs.
  • Op FORTITUDE is the pathway for veterans at risk of or experiencing homelessness into supported housing or to keep them in their current home.
  • England Shelter - armed service leavers and former members may be entitled to extra help if they become homeless
  • Joint Service Housing Advice - JSHAO information leaflets for service personnel and their dependants regarding civilian housing options
  • Alabare - offer housing and support to ex-Service personnel who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless
  • Agamemnon Housing Association - sheltered housing for people over 60 years of age, giving priority to those who have served in the Armed Forces and their surviving partners or relatives
  • Stoll Housing - accommodation for ex serving Personnel. Providing a safe environment for vulnerable and disabled veterans in need of support and living accommodation

Hampshire County Council is not a housing provider. The District and Borough Councils can be contacted for housing advice and assistance.

Veterans Drop-ins and Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Clubs

Additional information to follow shortly. Please contact [email protected] for further information.

Guide - How to set up a Veterans Hub (Forces Connect South East)

Working and resettling
  • Careers Transition Partnership (CTP) - advice and support when leaving the Armed Forces to find your new career
  • Job Centre Plus
  • Service Leavers Pack
  • CivvyStreet - the Royal British Legion’s employability programme for the Service community in civilian life
  • Return to Starboard - Turn to Starboard uses sail training to support Armed Forces personnel affected by military operations. They help serving and retired individuals and their families with the focus on resettlement, reintegration and reinforcing a sense of value and belonging
  • Forces Families Jobs A website which showcases a range of training and career development opportunities for forces family members. All employers who advertise on this site have signed the Armed Forces Covenant
  • Life Works
Health and welfare
  • NHS advice for the armed forces - healthcare information and support for the UK's 10 million-strong armed forces community, including serving personnel, reservists, families and veterans
  • NHS veterans’ mental health services in England
  • Domestic abuse: guidance and support for the armed forces community - information and guidance for those affected by or dealing with cases of domestic abuse in the armed forces community
  • Army Welfare Services (HIVES Information Centres) - relocation, local unit and civilian facilities, places of interest, schools, housing, healthcare facilities, employment and training opportunities in your location
  • Naval Service Family and People Support (NS FPS) - advice counselling, emotional , practical support and advocacy for personnel and their families. Email [email protected]
  • Gurkha Welfare Trust - Gurkha Welfare Advice Centres (GWAC) provide help and advice to those choosing to settle in the UK. Advice: 01722 343111 or [email protected]
  • Blesma - A national charity formed in the years following the First World War which supports all limbless ex-service men and women, their widows and dependents
  • Togetherall - Togetherall is a digital mental health service which delivers personalised support and recovery pathways to improve mental health and related conditions. It is free to all UK serving personnel (including reservists), veterans/ex-serving, and their families aged 16+
  • HeadfFIT a new online platform, designed specifically for the Defence community, provides 24/7 access to self-help tools that can enhance mood, drive and confidence, and help with the management of stresses of everyday life.
  • Combat Stress - on-line resources to help Veterans during COVID-19. Combat Stress Helpline 0800 1381619
Veterans
  • Connect to Support – a website for adults in Hampshire - find local groups, activities and services within your community.
  • Forces Connect App - Forces Connect South East has produced a quick and easy-to-use app to help the Armed Forces community to access public sector services, including healthcare, housing, schools, financial advice and support to find jobs. Find it on the Google Play or Apple store.
  • Veterans' Gateway – puts veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need, including healthcare, housing, employability, finances and personal relationships.
  • Defence Transition Service (DTS) is run by the MOD's Veterans UK and provides information and support for those service leavers and their families who are most likely to face challenges as they leave the armed forces and adjust to civilian life.