Support organisations

There are over 2000 military charities and Regimental Associations supporting the Armed Forces community. Some key ones are:

  • The Army Families Federation (AFF) – independent of the Chain of Command and offers confidential advice
  • Naval Families Federation – independent of the Chain of Command and offers confidential advice
  • RAF Families Federation – independent of the Chain of Command and offers confidential advice.
  • Government Armed Forces Support Services - national government services for those who have served in HM Armed Forces including; Employment, pensions and compensation, service records and medals, Welfare and support.
  • Joining Forces Credit Union – the MoD has made it possible for three of the UK’s leading credit unions to join forces and make simple savings accounts and loans available to the armed forces and their families
  • Little Troopers – is a registered charity supporting all children with parents serving in the British Armed Forces, regular or reserve
  • Moneyforce – aims to assist all Service personnel, their partners, families and dependants, to be better equipped to manage their money and financial affairs
  • The Royal British Legion – provides practical support to serving men and women, veterans (ex-service of all ages) and their families
  • SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) – helps with welfare advice and support, health and social care support and specialised support for bereaved families and those who are wounded, injured or sick
  • The Poppy Factory provide employment support to wounded, injured and sick veterans
  • The Big White Wall – a safe online community of people who are anxious, down or not coping who support and help each other by sharing what’s troubling them, guided by trained professionals.
  • Citizen’s Advice – provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities and have specific advice pages for the Armed Forces community
  • Galop – is a national Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Trans-Gender support organisation for those experiencing hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse
  • Gingerbread – provides expert advice, practical support and campaigns for single parents on anything from dealing with a break-up, to going back to work or sorting out maintenance, benefit or tax credit issues
  • Relate – relationship support services
  • The Samaritans – work to alleviate emotional distress and reduce the incidence of suicide feelings and suicidal behaviour
  • BLESMA: The Limbless Veterans – Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, is dedicated to assisting serving and ex-Service men and women who have suffered life-changing limb loss or the use of a limb, an eye or loss of sight in the honourable service of our country
  • Blind Veterans UK – help blind ex-Service men and women lead independent and fulfilling lives.
  • War Widows Association Campaigning, Caring and Remembering; offer support for UK war widows and widowers of Armed Forces Personnel where death has been caused by or hastened by service. 

Veterans' Gateway

Veterans' Gateway helps Armed Forces veterans and their families by putting them in touch with organisations who can offer information, advice and support on a wide range of subjects. This includes:

  • Healthcare 
  • Housing 
  • Employment
  • Finances
  • Personal relationships
  • Much more

Veterans’ Gateway is made up of lots of different organisations and Armed Forces charities who are committed to helping the Armed Forces community.

To find out more about this first point of contact for veterans seeking support, please visit the Veteran's Gateway website.

Veterans' Gateway

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