Welfare and Support

Help and support from people who care

As well as the rewards and pleasures associated with military life, there are particular demands and challenges that come out of the special nature of life in the Armed Forces. There are many layers of welfare support available.

Veterans UK is the Government site providing information on support services available for Veterans and their families from lots of different organisations - all in one.
Combat Stress Working with Veterans of the British Armed Forces, and members of the Reserve Forces, providing free treatment and support. 24hr free helpline 0800 138 1619.
The following are some of the more notable registered charities who are there to help those who are serving, or who have served. It is not our intention to list the many hundreds of groups registered as such. If you need help, or know of anyone who may need help, please do contact them. Click on the organisation name to do so.

SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity offers help and support to all serving members and former members of all ranks of the Armed Forces, widows, and dependants. Where needed SSAFA will coordinate its response with other military charities.

Army Benevolent Fund The Soldiers Charity providing support to soldiers and veterans from the British Army, and their immediate families, when they are in need.

Commando Benevolent Fund This fund for Army Commandos is now managed by the Army Benevolent Fund. Click title for more.

Royal Marines Association Promoting esprit de corps and comradeship amongst all Royal Marines and their families, past and present. Welfare tel.  023 9254 7224.

Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community - serving men and women, veterans, and their families

Royal Artillery Charitable Fund Helping all members of the Regimental family in need, whatever the cause, and at any time in their lives.

Royal Engineers Association Benevolence Aims to provide financial and other assistance to serving and former members of the Corps, their spouses, widows, widowers and dependants who are in need through poverty.

Royal Logistic Corps Association Benevolence Provides grants to individuals, for relief in need

WW2 Burma Star Association Dedicated to comradeship and welfare for those who fought in WW2 in the jungles of Burma

Blesma Dedicated to enabling limbless veterans to lead independent and fulfilling lives.

Blind Veterans UK For vision impaired ex-Service men and women providing free, lifelong services and support to help them adjust to life with sight loss, irrespective of when or how it occurred.

Help for Heroes Delivering an enduring national network of support for our wounded and their families. This includes their excellent sports recovery programme.

Kartforce Getting injured troops into the exciting world of Motorsport through Karting.

The Not Forgotten Association - A Tri-Service charity providing entertainment, leisure and recreation for the serving wounded, injured or sick and for ex-service men and women with disabilities.

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