Support organisations

Rutland supports the Forces Connect App

Forces Connect is a free signposting app, designed to help those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces access public services.

The app was originally launched as part of a project led by Surrey County Council, but has since been expanded to feature more counties, including Rutland. Opening the 'Rutland' tab within the app will display local and national support services covering five main areas:

  • Crisis Support
  • Employment, Education and Training
  • Family Support, Care and Benefits
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Housing & Homelessness

The app is free to download through the iOS App Store and Android Play Store.

The following links will take you to the App store on your device, to download the app.

Android Play Store

Apple iOS Store

Charities, Associations and 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.
  • 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 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
  • Respect Yourself – sex and relationship set of services aimed at young people up to the age of 25
  • 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.
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