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Charity Number: 1144814
Company Number: 07245570

Forces in the Community is a local charity committed to supporting ex-service personnel, reservists and their families to reach their full potential. The charity supports the clients and their families, who are often disadvantaged and at a point of crisis in their lives. We provide a community focal point. The aim is to transform lives.

Contact Information

http://www.forces.org.uk/
info@forces.org.uk
2 Cross Street
Beeston
Nottingham
NG9 2NX
01159 220 320

Support Offered

Tailored employment guidance including CV, interview techniques and job search

Mental health support and counselling

In-house training courses

Housing advice and assistance

Welfare support

Debt and finance signposting

Prison work and offender support

Mentoring and Befriending

Community outreach services

Peer led community centre

Charity Number: 1157531
Company Number: 7192349

Our purpose is to provide practical support to improve the quality of life for bereaved military family members – parents, partners and children. We also contribute to the provision of good quality, affordable and sustainable accommodation through partnerships with housing associations for ex-service personnel, so they can build new and rewarding lives when their service careers finish.

Contact Information

http://www.forcessupport.org.uk/
admin@forcessupport.uk
Unit 2 Two Rivers Industrial Estate
Station Lane
Witney
OX28 4BH
01993 848244

Support Offered

We offer hands-on support including garden maintenance, painting and decorating and other DIY services based on requests made by bereaved families. To date we have completed nearly 600 projects in the UK. We have supplied 300+ remembrance benches and fire pits as well as hundreds of remembrance cards to families to ensure they do not feel forgotten, and personalised memory books. We have also commissioned 10 personal portraits of fallen soldiers.
In support of veterans we are currently working alongside Broughton House based in Manchester to provide funding to expand their Armed Forces Support Hub. This is a one-stop shop that provides tailored advice and support for health, housing, welfare, social and employment issues. We are also working with Haig Housing Trust on various projects. One example is funded scooter shelters for veteran homes in Moredon.

Charity Number: 1150408
Company Number: 08190905

Forward Assist is a ‘Veteran Centric’ Registered Charity based in North Tyneside. Its core aim is to enrich the lives of UK veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Forward Assist believes that by promoting ‘active citizenship’ former servicemen and women will become both, ‘key stakeholders’ and ‘community leaders’ in their chosen communities. Forward Assist enables veterans to use their transferable military skills to do good for others through well supervised projects that support those less well off than themselves. Forward Assist provides ‘life changing’ opportunities such as international travel, whilst increasing self-esteem and the aspirations of those that have served in British Armed Forces. In doing so Veterans gain the respect of the wider civilian community, significant others, thus facilitating a smoother transition to civilian life.
Forward Assist have developed a portfolio of local employers who support our veteran community by working closely with our Education Training & Employment Coordinators to facilitate vital work experience/ placements, career advice and guidance, interview skills, and realistic employment opportunities.

Contact Information

http://www.forward-assist.com/
admin@forwardassist.com
C/O John Willie Sams Centre
Market Street
Dudley
NE23 7HS
0191 250 4877

Support Offered

1. Support all HM Armed Forces veterans & Reservists regardless of time served, age or physical/mental condition.
2. Refer and chaperone process to supporting Charities & Organisations for assistance with health, substance abuse, family breakdown, legal advice, education & training, homelessness, Criminal Justice system involvement, financial & debt advice, welfare, funding options etc.
3. Diversionary activities to encourage engagement and deter social isolation.
4. Mental & physical wellbeing through sporting activities.
5. Community benefit projects to underpin confidence, team work, self-worth and community integration.
6. Full employment support package including CV writing (tailored for the applied role), interpreting transferable skills, interview preparation, variations of application formats, arranging work placements specific to the veterans targeted career goal, identifying training gaps/courses/funding options, volunteering opportunities while searching for employment.
7. Development of independent living skills.
8. Mentoring through unemployment and external agency support.
9. Opportunity of annual international travel (France/USA) for engaged and progressed veterans.

Charity Number: 1126396
Company Number: 6724674

Future for Heroes is a charity organisation serving the British armed forces. Formed in 2008, the charity was originally called Remount, using the strap line ‘the future for heroes’.
It was recognised that some armed forces personnel leaving the military needed help in making the physical and emotional adjustments necessary to successfully reintegrate into civilian life. Many who struggle to make the adjustment can end up living rough or in prison. Others can look to dependency for the answers. We provide free residential courses where individuals are encouraged to reflect and learn from their past, realise their current circumstances and begin to plan for their future.

Contact Information

http://www.f4h.org.uk/
admin@f4h.org.uk
C/O RHQ Stanley Barracks
Bovington
BH20 6JB
01452 505 686

Support Offered

The object of the charity is to develop the ability of both serving and retired members of the armed forces, as well as their spouses/partners, to manage the dramatic change in cultures when resuming civilian life. The individuals, from across all ranks of the 3 services, are better able to identify and meet their post-military needs and so can participate fully in society.

Company Number: 4944719

The Armed Forces Outreach Service (AFOS) is a local authority partnership. Gateshead Council is the lead organisation but AFOS is a partnership with local authorities and social housing providers in Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham and Northumberland.

Contact Information

http://www.gatesheadhousing.co.uk
AbigailSmith@gateshead.gov.uk
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street,Gateshead
NE8 1JN

Support Offered

The Armed Forces Community Outreach Service provides a single point of contact for those due to be discharged, veterans, serving reservists and all family members. Based within a housing setting, the service provides housing advice and support but support and advice can also be provided on a range of issues including benefits, debt, pensions, substance mis-use, accessing employment, education, accessing community groups and any aspects of the general transition into civilian life. Advice and support can be provided directly or through partnership work and signposting to more specialist agencies. All of our existing staff have previously served in the forces and understand the barriers that the transition into civilian life can bring. The service operates across the area of Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham and Northumberland.

Charity Number: 1124508
Company Number: 6543150

Employment & Enterprise – we provide training, coaching and job brokerage support as well as creating transitional employment opportunities for people with criminal convictions within our social enterprises. We provide specialist services for particular groups led by people with lived experience.

Community engagement
Landscape design and build
Early intervention to support health and wellbeing
Safe and sustainable business support
Youth focused coaching, training and leadership programmes

Contact Information

https://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/msstt
greatermanchester@groundwork.org.uk
Trafford Ecology Park
Lake Road
Trafford Park,Manchester
M17 1TU

Support Offered

Operation Re-org is the area of our work that has specific relevance to the military community. Operation Re-Org is our ex-military skills for employment programme; it helps veterans who have struggled to find permanent employment because of difficult personal circumstances such as physical injuries, mental health problems, substance misuse issues, homelessness or having a criminal record.

We work with local forces charities to identify veterans who may benefit from our help. The programme, which is led by Terry Morley, a veteran who served with the 1st Battalion King’s Regiment, includes:
– Personalised assessment to identify support needed and establish goals
– Intensive 1-1 mentoring, support and training to build skills and confidence
– Development of a ‘working mind-set’ – essential workplace behaviours
– Job brokerage services to support people into job vacancies followed with 6 months in work support
– Bespoke training packages to support veterans back in to employment including accredited qualifications e.g. health and safety, first aid and CSCS.

The aim of the programme is for veterans to progress into sustained employment and gain long-lasting positive changes in their personal circumstances as a result of having a regular salary and routine, the opportunity to learn new skills, increased social interaction and improvements in confidence and feelings of self-worth.

We also provide additional IAG support services and work with a wide range of employers in the public and private sector to help them recruit armed forces veterans into their workforce.

We are also a specialist provider of employment focused support services for people that have a criminal record, including through the gate support for people that have served a custodial sentence.

Charity Number: 1151225
Company Number: 8236843

To provide advice and support to Service Leavers, Reservists and Veterans about employment and vocational opportunities in the land-based sector.

Contact Information

http://www.highground-uk.org
c/o The Poppy Factory
20 Petersham Road
Richmond
TW10 6UR

Support Offered

Advice re land-based training, qualifications, work experience, employment and self-employment.

Rural Weeks programme starts Spring 2015.

Ongoing mentoring and support.

Provides Horticultural Therapy service at Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court.

Charity Number: 1143606
Company Limit by Guarantee: 07425930

Hire a Hero is a charity established to support all service leavers with the transition to meaningful civilian employment.

Hire a Hero supports service leavers, regardless of service type or length, situation or background, by doing whatever it takes for as long as it takes to provide individual support in the transition from service life.

Contact Information

http://www.hireaherouk.org/
info@hireahero.org.uk
Unit 3 Mamhilad Technology Park
Mamhilad
NP4 0JJ
01495 366670

Support Offered

Support in to Employment
Career Coaching
Job Opportunities
Training
Mentoring
Housing Advice
Welfare Support

Charity Number: 1066776
Company Number: 2610208

We will work with you, to ensure you get the information, advice and support you need, at times in your life when you need us.

Contact Information

https://www.improvinglivesplymouth.org.uk/veterans-and-family-hub
ilp@improvinglivesplymouth.org.uk
Ernest English House
Buckwell Street
Plymouth
PL1 2DA

Support Offered

Improving Lives Plymouth has co-designed with veterans, their families and carers, and partners, a Plymouth Veterans and Family Hub at Ernest English House, Buckwell Street, Plymouth, PL1 2DA. The hub is run by veterans and their families for veterans and their families.
The hub provides social activity, peer support and mentoring, casework, support for older carers, and works with a range of organisations in the city to shape better pathways to employment, mental wellbeing, welfare, housing advice and financial information.
Volunteers from the veteran community and their families, and others, are recruited and trained to give them the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence, to provide group and one to one support, and awareness training.

Charity Number: 1139855
Company Number: 7363827

Links Combined Forces is a Mental Health project covering Carmarthenshire. The charity supports serving Armed Forces personnel, Veterans, and their families. The charity aims to support those who have experienced or are living with mental ill health to enable them to build self-confidence, self esteem learn new skills, improve health and overall well-being.

Contact Information

http://www.links.uk.net
combined.forces@links.uk.net
Unit 4
The Palms, 96
Queen Victoria Road,Llanelli
SA15 2TH

Support Offered

Links Combined Forces has worked with Veterans for over 8 years and have developed the project in line with need. The project currently offers welfare support, signposting, personal development, telephone buddy scheme, NAAFI style coffee mornings throughout Carmarthenshire and daily activities which Include – Miniature Figure Painting, IT, Arts and Crafts, Digital Photography and outdoor activities. The project also supports veterans with volunteering and work opportunities.

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