There is a huge network of organisations supporting the Armed Forces community, so finding the right one for your needs can be tricky.
Veterans Gateway make it quick and easy by being your first point of contact for whatever support you need, whether you are based in the UK or abroad.
Many of their team are veterans themselves so they understand the issues that people face after leaving the Armed Forces.
They work with people on a one-to-one basis, connecting them with the right support as soon as possible.
Who is part of Veterans’ Gateway?
Veterans’ Gateway is made up of a consortium of organisations and Armed Forces charities, including The Royal British Legion, SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, Poppyscotland, Combat Stress and Connect Assist.
Funded by The Armed Forces Covenant, this is the first time a group of this kind has come together formally to deliver a service to help the Armed Forces community.
You can speak to one of their team by phone or email.
They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to put you in touch with the help you need, or direct you to the information you are looking for.
Tel: 0808 802 1212
The Career Transition Partnership (CTP)
The Career Transition Partnership is the Ministry of Defence working with Right Management. Leave the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force or the Royal Marines at any rank and you can benefit from resettlement support, career transition advice and training opportunities. They’re the official provider of Armed Forces resettlement; they aim to help make the transition from military to civilian life as smooth as possible.
A local community group that provides a place for the armed forces community and emergency services to socialise, reduce social isolation and help their transition into civilian life. They provide:
- A breakfast club in Flixton
- Model making and craft club in Stretford
- A community allotment in sale
- Golf club at various locations.
SSAFA provides lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army or the Royal Air Force.
They are ready to help you and your family, whenever and wherever you need them.
Provide personalised services, including:
- Welfare advice
- Housing and healthcare
- Signposting to other organisations that are more specialised.
- Provide support and advice for addictions and relationships
- Provide support for PTSD and Military mental illness, with signposting for more specialised services
- Befrienders/Mentoring service
- Support for transition to civilian life
Tel: 0800 731 4880
The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community - serving men and women, veterans, and their families.
- Debt and finance advice through Moneyforce (www.moneyforce.org.uk)
- RBL have created a website for employment and careers advice (www.civvystreet.org)
- Personal Recovery centres
- Inquest advice
- Family holiday’s at break centres in the UK
If you need help, call the Contact Centre helpline on 0808 802 8080 from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week (calls are free from UK landlines and main mobile networks) for all enquiries.
Help for Heroes is founded on the belief that those who put their lives on the line for us deserve a second chance at life for them and their families. They provide recovery and support for the Armed Forces community whose lives are affected by their service, no matter when they served.
Every course and activity they offer aims to empower them to look beyond illness and injury, regain their purpose, reach their potential and have a positive impact on society.
- Careers and recovery for work
- Psychological support
- Recovery centres
- Support and Mentoring
- Sports recovery with coaching
- Financial and Welfare support
Provide an employability service to veterans especially those who have impairments and disabilities.
- CV advice and application guidance
- Local 121 support, career planning and interview coaching
- Help with work place adjustments and help source potential income
- Provide Training opportunities and offer vacancies
Offer assistance, through programmes, to veterans who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged to sustain independence through beginning new careers.
- Home Straight – Employment Advisors based in Manchester help veterans with employment.
- First Steps – Provides enhanced training and vocational skills to enhance the chances of employment.
- Project Nova – Helps veterans who are involved in anti-social or criminal activity. Provides tailored support to the vulnerable person with early interventions.
- Head Start – Assists veterans with the provision of mental health support. WWTW help fund private therapy for mild to moderate mental health difficulties and addiction problems.
- Step into Health – Provides a pathway for employment from the Armed forces to the NHS.
- Family support - Provides bespoke support for families of ex-military across Greater Manchester. Contact WWTW for more information.