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Charity Number: 1146420
Scottish Charity Number: SC039189

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, giving lifetime support to serving and former soldiers and their families. Includes making grants to individuals and specialist charities that help ex-soldiers and their families.

Contact Information

http://www.soldierscharity.org
info@soldierscharity.org
Mountbarrow House
6-20 Elizabeth Street
London
SW1W 9RB
0207 901 8900

Support Offered

Financial assistance to relieve hardship:

Grants for living costs, emergency needs, debt relief

Provision of annuities and Educational Bursaries

Care home fees

Home adaptations

Furnishing and equipment

Mobility assistance

Funding Holiday breaks

Charity Number: 1059945
Company Number: 3281047

Age UK Portsmouth (AUKP) helps adults across SE Hampshire to enjoy a better quality of life, with a specific focus on all aspects of ageing with dignity whilst achieving person-centred goals.

Our 80-year old Charity purpose is to relieve and assist with poverty and sickness, to advance education, promote equality and diversity, and to eliminate, where possible, disadvantage in all forms.

With Age UK Portsmouth’s increased learning and understanding of what it is to be a Veteran, the partner or family member of a Veteran, AUKP believes that Associate Membership of Cobseo would offer an ideal learning curve for our existing understandings and enable us to develop improved policies for dealing with issues of common concern and welfare.

As Age UK Portsmouth traverses its fourth year of working with Veterans and their families, our experience of bringing together holistic support offerings, incorporating all forms of information and advice, signposting, social activities participation as well as integration within the civilian community, grows exponentially and to be able to share and learn from peer organisations would be ideal.

Contact Information

http://www.ageuk.org.uk/portsmouth/
enquiries@ageukportsmouth.org.uk
The Bradbury Centre
16-18 Kingston Road,Portsmouth
PO1 5RZ
023 9286 2121

Support Offered

Our aim is to help older veterans stay independent and have greater confidence by providing friendly social contact, support and companionship.

Benefits checks are one of our most common requests, and last year we were able to help claim over £1.3 million in benefits for people living in the Portsmouth area. It is estimated that every year over £3.5 billion of benefits go unclaimed across the country, with three million older people living below the poverty line.

Many people are put off claiming either by the complexity of the benefits system, or they assume they cannot claim anything because they have some savings or own their home.

Issues we can help you with:
– Benefits and entitlements including War and Armed Forces Pensions
– Leisure and social activities including access to regimental associations
– Applying for a service medal or Veterans Badge
– Mental health support including PTSD
– Housing options
– Money matters
– Energy efficiency for your home
– Staying independent at home
– Family and personal matters
– Coping with bereavement
– Wills and funeral planning
– Legal issues
– Signposting to other agencies for additional services and support

We run a Breakfast Club for veterans which takes place twice a month on the second Friday and the last Friday of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Bradbury Centre. All ex-service personnel are welcome to come along, together with their partners, to socialise with other veterans, take part in the banter and enjoy a great breakfast.

Charity Number: 1167682

The Armed Forces Education Trust is a charity working for children and young adults whose education has been compromised or put at risk as a result of parents’ past or current service in our Armed Forces. The grants we give make a difference to young lives, helping improve their educational opportunities or supporting special skills or talents.

Contact Information

http://armedforceseducation.org/
admin@armedforceseducation.org
PO Box 684
Farnham
GU9 1LP

Support Offered

The Armed Forces Education Trust target young people under the age of 25 who are, or were, dependents of serving members of the UK armed forces, who would not achieve their educational potential without extra financial support. We support those who fit these criteria who can demonstrate that they have been impacted or disadvantaged, or have financial difficulties, as a consequence of the service of the relative on whom they depend.

Charity Number: 245700

The British Army’s own grant-making fund which supports charities and projects that benefit serving Army personnel and their families, both Regular and Reserve. The Fund makes annual grants to Army welfare funds, to the Army Families Federation and to the Army Sport Control Board. One-off awards are also made to national charities that support the Army community and to Army and Joint units for welfare projects and activities. Each application is considered on its merits.

Contact Information

https://www.armycentralfund.org.uk
grants@armycentralfund.org.uk
Secretary
The Army Central Fund
Trenchard Lines,Upavon, Pewsey
SN9 6BE
07818 531919

Support Offered

Charities seeking a grant should contact the Secretary for advice and for an application form.

Charity Number: 1064522

The Army Dependants’ Trust is a charity which provides discretionary cash awards to dependants of officers & soldiers who die in service, from whatever cause, on or off duty.

Contact Information

http://www.army.mod.uk/welfare-support/23214.aspx
office@armydependantstrust.org
Building 183
Trenchard Lines
Upavon,Pewsey
SN9 6BE

Support Offered

For a small annual donation the Trust relieves financial hardship for the member’s family in the immediate period following their loss. The Trust also supports ABF – The Soldier’s Charity, in its work with dependants. All members of the Army – Regular, Reserve and MPGS – are eligible to be members. This includes FTRS and NRPS personnel.

Charity Number: 1092762
Company Number: 4415685

Carer Support Wiltshire is a registered charity that supports all carers in Wiltshire. Our aim is to create carer friendly communities where carers are recognised, valued and supported.
A carer is anybody who provides support to a family member, friend or neighbour who could not always manage without that support
Our Courage to Care Service is funded by the Armed Forces Covenant to provide services to serving military families who are caring for somebody and may experience additional pressures due to the nature of serving family life
Courage to Care focuses on developing peer support networks, and offering additional skills that will enable carers to access work and accredited courses that will enable families to sustain themselves

Contact Information

http://www.carersupportwiltshire.co.uk
admin@carersupportwiltshire.co.uk
Independent Living Centre
St George’s Road
Semington,Trowbridge
BA14 6JQ

Support Offered

• Working with carers to identify what is important to them to enable them to maintain their own wellbeing
• Information, advice and signposting to health, social care and voluntary/charity sector support services
• Free training courses to help you in your caring role
• Pampering and complementary therapy sessions
• Days out and activities
• Breaks from your caring role
• Friendly support groups and carer cafés
• Opportunities to get involved and shape services
• Advice and support to prepare you for a return to work
• A monthly e-newsletter delivered to your inbox to keep you connected with news, what’s on locally and information on services and support available.

Charity Number: 1183583

The mission of ESVH is to provide non-clinical support, including welfare, well-being and coping for Veterans of the Armed Forces in East Sussex, particularly those with combat related PTSD and mental ill health or involved within the criminal justice system.
Objectives:
To reduce social isolation and enable veterans to integrate into the local community;
To improve desistence within the criminal justice system;
To increase veteran’s ability to understand, address and manage PTSD, mental health symptoms and through self-help gain a reasonable quality of life;
To work in collaboration and develop professional working relationships with local services: both statutory and non-statutory; and
To work with veterans and introduce them to appropriate services that meet their needs, where and when these are required.

Contact Information

http://
esvh99100@btinternet.com
5 Harold Place
Hastings
East Sussex
TN34 1JA

Support Offered

Wellbeing & Coping Sessions, including meditation every fortnight, Saturdays 1000 to 1300 hours. Hastings.
Monday, Tuesday, & Friday office and drop in 0930 to 1300 hours
One to One visits as required
Full range of welfare support, assistance with transition, resettlement, allowances, GPs and NHS specialist.
Advice on support available and direct help for homeless getting back into accommodation.
Assistance in preparation to return to work or volunteering.
Particular support for those with PTSD/mental ill health.
Presentations to statutory bodies and other organisations that interface with military community.
Special support for veterans involved with Criminal Justice System, including those on remand, serving a sentence or pre release. Provision of RAR days for those with community sentences or on licence.
Developing services for families of veterans in need.
Provision of special activity days, sculpturing, visits, etc

Charity Number: 1152232
Company Number: 8381653

The Explora Scholarship Funds main object, is to advance education by providing funds, and facilitating the establishment of scholarships in further, or higher education, for the dependents of severely injured (physically or mentally) and deceased members of the UK Armed Forces and UK Security Services who were in Government Service when killed or injured. The ESF became a full member of the confederation of service charities in February 2015

Contact Information

http://www.theexplorascholarshipfund.org
Unit 9 Talina Centre
23A Bagley's Lane
London
SW6 2BW
0207 736 3420

Support Offered

The ESF will disburse scholarship funds in the UK, mainly for post-graduate degree education in architecture, engineering and the applied sciences in a field relating to physical protection. Typically this might be protection against explosive blast or ballistic injury. Funds can be granted for up to four year’s study for any one individual. In certain circumstances, scholarships can also be granted to members of the UK Armed Forces or UK Security Serviceswho have suffered severe physical or mental health injury as a result of Government Service.Further or Higher Educationmay range from A-Level/Diploma/Foundation Degree to a First Degree. Disability may also include stress related trauma. In exceptional circumstances, an individual benefiting from an initial Further or Higher education course might be considered for a later stage of education eg post graduate.
Dependent.
This includes spouse, children, legally dependent partners, and other family members who are, or were, directly dependent upon the income of the killed or injured member of the UK Armed Forcesor UK Security Services.

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