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Charity Number: 1159890

1) To advance a culture of literacy in the home by encouraging families to read together for pleasure and talk about a book by providing advice and assistance and materials to support shared reading activities; and
2) To promote and protect good health and wellbeing by using reading as a means of mitigating stress and
increasing communication and good family relationships, particularly following separation due to training, deployment, postings and mobility

Contact Information

http://www.readingforce.org.uk/
info@readingforce.org.uk
10 Homersham Road
Kingston Upon Thames
KT1 3PN
07890 476311

Support Offered

RF is a simple, fun, free family shared reading initiative for Service families, Reservists, Cadets, Veterans and injured service personnel – spouses and partners, pre-school children through to young adults, extended family and grandparents.
We provide free books and special scrapbooks and encourage Service families to form an informal book group with their family and friends; choose, read, talk about a book, and fill in the free scrapbook.

Charity Number: 224505

Children’s charity supporting Royal or Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleet families in severe financial hardship.

Contact Information

http://www.sailorschildren.org.uk
info@sailorschildren.org.uk
Newland
Cottingham Road
Hull
HU6 7RJ
01482 342331

Support Offered

The family support scheme provides child welfare grants, clothing and emergency grants.

Caravans available for a week’s holiday.

Emotional support and links to other support organisations.

Charity Number: 1142956
Company Number: 07461043

Sharks Community Trust is the charitable arm of Sale Sharks, the North West’s only Premiership Rugby club. The charity was established in 2012 to help use rugby and sport for the wider community benefit, drawing on the core values of rugby, which are teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship, to deliver a range of community engagement programmes.

The use of rugby and sport has been used for many years to engage young people, and it is this interest that Sharks Community Trust seeks to draw upon. This includes delivering numeracy programmes in the classroom, linking sport with encouraging healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle, and delivering education particularly to young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET). The Trust also has a comprehensive disability and inclusion programme, ‘In The Pack’ delivering a mixture of multi-sports and wheelchair sports to people with special and additional needs along with a successful ex-service personnel programme ‘Sharks Forces’ that supports veterans and their families with the transition from service to civilian with housing, employment and social and physical activity support.

Contact Information

http://www.salesharks.com/community
community@salesharks.com
Sale Sharks High Performance Centre
Carrington Lane
Manchester
M31 4AE

Support Offered

We offer services and activities to improve the physical health, mental health and employability skills of ex-service personnel and their families. We give them a visibility within their community delivering the project at community venues. Delivering drop-in social hubs to develop and maintain relationships with individuals who are sceptical and nervous at engaging with civilian society. Enhancing personal and social skills such as communication skills and confidence along with increasing employability skills and their well-being. We also work with the veteran’s family, introducing an intergenerational approach. We use our relationship with community rugby clubs across the North West to create a social hub for the whole community. We use gym and sport facilities based within clubs and use the clubhouse to host themed workshops. We also work closely with rugby clubs to identify volunteering opportunities as part of the programme. We create and offer a wide range of sporting activities for Veterans who are blind or visually impaired, there is a huge gap in the local offering from other key stakeholders in regards to physical activities suitable for Veterans with additional needs.

Charity Number: 1170528

To provide relief from the effects of bereavement to young people up to and including the age of 25 who have experienced the death of a parent who served with the armed forces of the crown.

Contact Information

http://www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk
hello@scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk
Unit 21 Bergen Way
King’s Lynn
PE30 2JG
08000 928 571

Support Offered

The charity is currently providing assistance to hundreds of bereaved Forces children and young people around the UK and services offered include guidance to parents and carers, access to professional child bereavement support, personal education and learning assistance (including grants) and fun activities such as holiday respite breaks and group events. These are all designed to remind the children and young people supported by Scotty’s that they are not alone.

Company Number: 06995089

Smart Savings CIC is a charitable and award-winning Community Interest Company that has supported members of the Armed Forces community in Cornwall and Devon since 2012. We are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, registered with the ICO, are members of Advice UK and ASDIC and are a Veterans Gateway’ partner.
We enable serving members of the armed forces, veterans and their families to access vital support services to tackle money, health, housing and employment issues.
Our team of veteran support workers use their own experiences to help fellow veterans and their families at our monthly drop-in and hub in Cornwall to confront challenges in their lives and manage their journeys of recovery.

Contact Information

http://www.smartsavings.org.uk/veterans-support/
info@smartsavings.org.uk
Redruth Community Centre
Foundry Road
Redruth
TR15 1AN
01209 212579

Support Offered

Our team of FCA-accredited money and welfare advisers provide specialist advice and information relating to money, debt, housing, health and employment. Our veteran drop-in and hub offers peer support, training, social activities, refreshments and food parcels.
We work collaboratively with military charities, statutory bodies and other relevant organisations to increase veterans’ access to services and improve their journeys of recovery.

Charity Number: 1184971
Company Number: 11843722

We support serving members of the Armed Forces, their partners and families; military veterans and those who have been bereaved; alongside the local community around where the Armed Forces are based.
We promote the efficiency of the Armed Forces, by nurturing talent, broadening opportunity and supporting the mental, physical and emotional well-being needs.

Contact Information

http://www.armedforcesequine.com
info@armedforcesequine.com
Cromwell House
Hubert Hamilton Rd
Bulford Barracks
SP4 9JY

Support Offered

We’re constantly adapting our approach to best suit the needs of those who come to us for support. We provide the following programmes:
Sport and Recreation – We support active lifestyles and the benefits they have on health and well-being, by providing equine competitions, sporting events and recreational activity. We aim to make our equine centres affordable to all who wish to use them.
Health and Wellbeing – We provide Equine Assisted Services (EAS) to Therapy, Recovery and Rehabilitation. We aim to deliver four equine therapy courses each year to help veterans who are facing severe mental challenges. The Virtual Equestrian Centre provides a platform with pre-recorded video content, tailored to the demands of equestrianism, and is accessible to everyone online.
Learning – We provide Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) to the Neuro Diverse community by focussing on developing life skills, values and building confidence and character.
Welfare – We provide community hubs in our centres, and have a Welfare Hub and Community Café in Tidworth
Governance and Assurance – We provide our equine centres with governance and assurance to deliver a firm base from which to operate.

Charity Number: 224760
Company Number: 223283

The Guild is set up to provide financial help, practical assistance and pastoral care to needy people residing within the Borough of Bolton. We have been doing this for more than one hundred years.
The Borough consists of Bolton, Horwich, Westhoughton, Farnworth, Blackrod and all the outlying villages plus anywhere else with a BL postcode who pays their council tax to Bolton Council.
Our Bolton Veterans Aid project provides support to an ever growing number of ex-serviceman and woman, and their families, resident in the Borough.

Contact Information

www.boltonguildofhelp.org.uk
info@boltonguildofhelp.org.uk
Scott House
27 Silverwell Street
Bolton
BL1 1PP

Support Offered

The Guild has been providing assistance to needy people in Bolton since 1905.
Assistance offered includes the provision of white & brown goods, school uniforms, and debt management advice via our partnership with Christians Against Poverty (CAP). Also, benefits checks via our partnership with Citizens Advice. But we will consider any reasonable requests for help and each case is judged on its merits.
The Guild also acts as a referral agency to local food banks. And, in partnership with Bolton Lions, we provide needy families with sacks of toys at Christmas
We work in partnership with SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity and, also, the Bolton Armed Forces Centre 4 Veterans in support of the military family within the Borough

Charity Number: 226446
Scottish Charity Number: SC038199

Seafarers UK is a charity that provides grants to other front line charities working right across the maritime sector. We support charities that help seafarers or ex-seafarers from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Merchant Navy or fishing fleets. We also give grants to maritime youth groups and charities that help seafarers’ families, including widows and children.

Contact Information

https://www.theseafarerscharity.org/
contact@theseafarerscharity.org
8 Hatherley Street
London
SW1P 2QT
0207 932 5972

Support Offered

Seafarers UK supports mainly UK-based charities that provide help across a broad spectrum of welfare need including housing, debt, injury, relationship breakdown and family bereavement. Occasionally we provide grants to maritime charities from other Commonwealth countries.

Charity Number: 1172407

Aiming to increase community cohesion and tackle social isolation by connecting people. Through the VC Gallery, we work to create meaningful engagement, combat and support poor mental health and social care amongst the Veteran and local communities.
We offer a positive support network, a creative space to help people re-connect through art, workshops, local events and opportunities within the area. We provide a diverse support network to empower and help develop a united, positive and safe environment. We provide weekly art sessions, outreach workshops within schools, memory cafes, retirement homes and for third sector organisations.
We offer a breakfast club once a week and help with housing issues, benefit problems and employment support.

Contact Information

http://www.thevcgallery.com
admin@thevcgallery.com
30 High Street
Haverfordwest
SA61 2DA

Support Offered

We offer peer mentor help, guidance and expertise with all veteran affairs.
We have excellent referral pathways with national organisations and our local Authority, keeping a close connection with the individual we work with a holistic approach to achieve the best outcome at all times.
Our expertise is offering a vibrant, creative space where people can socialise and expressive themselves through art, that can be at our art workshops, or volunteering at memory cafes, schools and residential homes.

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