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Company Number: 4944719

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

Contact Information

http://www.gatesheadhousing.co.uk
enquiries@gatesheadhousing.co.uk
Gateshead Housing Company
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, South Tyneside, Durham and Northumberland.

Charity Number: 249636

The AFCU’s objective is to extend the Kingdom of Jesus Christ in and through the Armed Forces by prayerfully: encouraging Christians in the Armed Forces to live out and develop their faith, act as salt and light, and encourage others to come to a committed faith in the Lord Jesus Christ: working for unity amongst Christians in the Armed Forces, and working alongside Military Christian Organisations in support of chaplains; supporting the Armed
Forces, providing Godly influence upon military culture; and exposing the role of Christians in the Armed Forces to the wider Christian and secular community.

Contact Information

https://www.afcu.org.uk/
office@afcu.org.uk
Unit 24
Shrivenham Hundred Business Park
Watchfield
SN6 8TZ
01793 783123

Support Offered

Support – we run a series of 13 week-long and weekend events throughout the year to support our members. These cover Christian support to serving personnel and their families. We provide pastoral support to Christian veterans in custody. We also support the MOD Service of Prayer held annually in London prior to Remembrance Sunday.

Expertise – we are practitioners of prayerful support for Christians in the Armed Forces. We are developing some non-clinical expertise in assisting sufferers of PTSD through prayer support to heal the spirit and alleviate mental pain.

Cooperation – We already collaborate with service chaplaincies, Aggie Weston’s and other faith networks. We are one of the organisations in the MOD Diversity and Inclusion Networks. We are listed as part of the Defence Employee Support Network in the Army publication ‘Widening Opportunities – A British Army Commander’s Guide to Employee Support Networks and attend associated meetings.

Charity Number: 1144331

The Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) Benevolent Fund purchases specialist goods and services for our patients whilst they undertake their rehabilitation programme. In addition to these purchases the money raised provides patients with the opportunity to engage in social activities over the course of their stay at Headley Court. Socialising outside of Headley Court allows them to interact normally in public and forget about their injuries and rehabilitation for a few hours. The rehabilitation benefits are enormous, providing a much-needed boost of motivation during the difficult and lengthy period of their mental and physical rehabilitation.

The DMRC Benevolent Fund provides environmental and social integration opportunities to increase our patient’s exposure to activities of normal life that many of us take for granted. This may be in the form of trauma patients attending sporting events with large crowds, or a patient with chronic pain and fear of outside spaces travelling on public transport and attending a café, developing independence. The charity also provides a wide range of specialist equipment and holistic services including driving lessons in adaptive cars, special seat belts for high level spinal patients, and cardiac pacing machines.

Public generosity and fundraising allows the charity to provide the extra elements of rehabilitation that the public purse does not have the ability to provide. Your valued contribution makes the often difficult and traumatic road to rehabilitation a little easier for our patients. Knowing that they remain in the thoughts of the Great British public is a hugely positive reminder that their selfless commitment to the Armed Forces is repaid when they are injured.

Contact Information

https://www.dmrcbenfund.co.uk/
info@dmrcbenfund.org.uk
Managing Trustee
DMRC Headley Court
Epsom
KT18 6JW

Support Offered

Support for DMRC Headley Court patients to allow reintegration opportunities whilst they receive rehabilitation.

Company Number: 07147130

The Military Mutual’s purpose is to support the Military Family by offering a better deal than in the traditional insurance market with products that protect your home, car, military kit, veteran owned small businesses and, in particular, offers Commercial Combined Cover across a wide range of risks to organisations that support the wider military community and safeguard heritage military assets. This includes military related charities, regimental associations, service funds and military museums.

Contact Information

http://www.themilitarymutual.com
business@themilitarymutual.com
7 Maltings Place
169 Tower Bridge Road
London
SE1 3JB

Support Offered

We offer cover for individuals and organisations who have a link to the Armed Forces community. Our Business cover is very flexible and we will work hard to ensure we can meet a wide range of needs, some of which may well be non-standard for many insurers.
As a Mutual we are owned by our Members. Because we don’t have shareholders who expect to be paid dividends, any surpluses belong to Members and can be used to re-invest in products and service and support the wider military community.

The Military Mutual supports charities and causes that are important to the Military Family and its supporters. We also provide free legal defence services to serving and former members and reservists of the United Kingdom Armed Forces facing charges under the Armed Forces Act 2006 or any person in a position of command in the United Kingdom Armed Forces defending a claim in the United Kingdom Courts for negligent acts and or omissions made in the course of their military duties.

Charity Number: 801618
Company Number: 2125188

Mind in Haringey provides information, advice and support to people affected by mental health problems. We work to prevent mental health problems, promote mental wellbeing and ensure those with mental health problems are respected and included within the community. We run a project specifically for veterans and the armed forces community.

Contact Information

http://www.mindinharingey.org.uk
admin@mih.org.uk
Station House
73c Stapleton Hall Rd
London
N4 3QF
020 8340 2474

Support Offered

Opportunities to join activities (art group), short-term counselling and educational courses – free to access for former service personnel and those with lived experience of armed conflict. Partners, family members and dependants are also welcome to attend. We have no geographical boundaries, activities take place near to Finsbury Park, North London.

Charity Number: 1153185
Scottish Charity Number: 1106126
Company Number: 5218014

Established in 1843, the Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest (QVSR) is a charity which provides accommodation and welfare support to active and retired seafarers, veterans of the armed forces and others in need.
QVSR seeks to support each resident to achieve lifestyle and personal development goals whether this is simple companionship, the development of leisure interests, training and employment or a move to more independent living.

Contact Information

http://www.qvsr.org.uk
enquiries@qvsr.org.uk
121-131 East India Dock Road
Poplar
E14 6DF

Support Offered

QVSR’s Welfare Team assists residents with benefit applications and access to individual grants as well as providing support with medical and emotional issues through signposting to appropriate organisations. QVSR aims to provide an environment where residents are able to rebuild their lives, regain their self-confidence and make the transition from homelessness to more
independent living.
QVSR’s facilities include en-suite bedroom accommodation, modern restaurant and evening coffee shop, TV lounges, Wi-fi, snooker and pool, gym, Chapel, multi-faith or “quiet room” and garden.

Charity Number: 1053705

Ruskin Mill Land Trust (RMLT) specialises in developing award-winning educational and cultural centres out of heritage buildings, and has thirty years’ experience in working with vulnerable people with learning difficulties and mental health problems, with eight centres throughout England and Wales. It works in partnership with our sister charity, Ruskin Mill Trust, to provide the physical and aesthetic setting for our unique educational method, Practical Skills Therapeutic Education, and the charity’s therapeutic mission invites community participation through social enterprise.

Many aspects of the historical craft and industrial processes, namely woollen mills at its Gloucestershire property, glass manufacturing at its Stourbridge property, and cutlery at its Sheffield property, provide invaluable work experience and progression into work for the students of Ruskin Mill Trust Limited. The charity’s iconic and often listed buildings also provide interest to the local communities, who benefit from access to our arts and craft centres, farms and gardens. Our biodynamic, Demeter-registered land is of the highest quality, offering enhanced environmental integration, providing quality food, and many bespoke learning and work experience opportunities.

The charity also invests into a research programme, coordinated from The Field Centre (www.thefieldcentre.org.uk) in Gloucestershire, that aims to develop the academic method underpinning the educational provision.

Contact Information

http://www.rmlt.org.uk
enquiries@rmlt.org.uk
Old Bristol Road
Nailsworth
01453 837500

Support Offered

The Fold Family Centre will be operational next year offering rural respite programmes for service families from Catterick Garrison. It will comprise multi-use craft workshops, and kitchen and dining areas, with a rewarding and stimulating programme of crafts and outdoor activities.

The Fold is nestled into an educational farm at Croft-on-Tees, North Yorkshire, with 100 acres of market gardens, pasture and woodland. Families can enjoy spending time with the farm animals, which bring many healing qualities, particularly the goats, chickens and donkeys. New gardens will create a therapeutic environment where families can grow and harvest vegetables, salads and flowers.

The warm environment and craft activities will help families bond after extended periods of deployment, and will help with facing fears and anxieties around dealing with injury, facing leaving the services, and concerns over their security and sense of identity: restoring a sense of wellbeing.

Children will benefit from the freedom and safety of the site, with a wide range of sensory experiences – touch, smell, taste, balance and movement – that are so crucial to healthy child development.

The Fold can offer support for service parents with special needs children: the Trust has expertise in working with adults and young people with learning disabilities, and can provide guidance that parents find reassuring and helpful.

The Family Centre will be available all through the week. Parents will be able to get away from the intensity of the Garrison, take a walk, feed the animals, or relax with a cup of tea.

The Fold will also be open to civilian families, offering friendship and stability to the military families – important for both parents and children. Together with the young people and adults living and studying at Clervaux, they will mutually benefit from the shared social enterprise, therapeutic activities and sense of self-worth.

Company Number: 09290440

TEAM ENDEAVOUR RACING is open to Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) serving personnel and veterans. It provides a foundation as a transition vehicle supporting and empowering team members into future employment, training or education, utilising peer mentoring and providing support and assistance through its network partners.

Contact Information

http://www.teamendeavourracing.co.uk
enquiries@teamendeavourracing.co.uk
47 Durrants Road
Rowlands Castle
Hampshire
PO9 6BE
07825175407

Support Offered

We are part of the Battle Back programme and sports recovery. We support Help for Heroes Rolling Recovery Programme and offer additional vocational support.
Our objectives are:

a. To introduce and increase participation at the sports recovery event and to allow WIS personnel to take their first step, without committing to a full season.
b. Provide new team members for next season or give someone an exciting ride in a racing powerboat. This will increase our numbers further and promote our inclusion initiative whilst enabling transition.
c. Provide RYA courses – provided for individuals interested in Powerboats. RYA PB2, Intermediate & Advanced, Safety Boat and VHF Radio.
d. Provide opportunities for those not wishing to compete, but wish to participate in shore support, maintenance, National Race Support, scrutineering and photography.

Our aims are to develop, inspire and challenge Team Members during this demanding and difficult time transitioning from the Armed Forces, in a secure environment supported by volunteers with service backgrounds including its own WIS personnel and veterans. The project prides itself on the same values and goals to develop personal and team development post injury in the Armed Forces.

Our overarching objectives are to: Inspire, Develop and Challenge.

Charity Number: 1154510
Company Number: 08675134

Tom Harrison House is a Liverpool-based addiction recovery centre for military veterans, reservists, emergency services personnel, and their families. The abstinence-based, 12-week recovery programme provides support via a bespoke model which aims to treat addiction within the context of those who have a history of military service – with emphasis placed on the role of co-occurring trauma, safety, confidentiality, and camaraderie, as well as reintegration into “civilian” communities.

The project is framed as a community of veterans who possess shared experiences, perspectives, resources and potential blocks to recovery, and who also share the ability to overcome their issues through a highly structured and intensive programme, and with the mutual support of the group. We work to help our veteran clients to make strides toward improving their mental, physical and emotional health, and to regain the sense of community and camaraderie that they had previously experienced during their active service.

Contact Information

http://www.tomharrisonhouse.org.uk/
info@tomharrisonhouse.org.uk
Fern Lea
Oak Hill Park
Liverpool
L13 4BP
0151 909 8481

Support Offered

The project is framed as a community of veterans who possess shared experiences, perspectives, resources and potential blocks to recovery, and who also share the ability to overcome their issues through a highly structured and intensive programme, and with the mutual support of the group.

Programme elements are diverse and are designed to best reflect the needs of ex-military personnel – the weekly timetable includes physical training sessions, nutrition groups, equine therapy, 5-a-side football, motivational speaker sessions, family sessions, and an art/choir group. Alongside these activities are more traditional elements such as group therapy and personal assignment work. The programme also includes Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) and Seeking Safety groups each week – evidence-based methods that are found to be effective in veteran-specific rehabilitation centres in the USA.

Accommodation is provided for the duration of the programme. Support staff can also assist clients with associated issues, which may include medical issues, move-on housing, benefit entitlements, etc.

Charity Number: 1140832

To increase the mental health fitness levels by delivering 1:1 specialist psychotherapy to serving members of the Armed forces, Veterans and their immediate family members.

Contact Information

http://www.veteransatease.org
admin@veteransatease.org
Alington House
4 North Bailey
Durham
DH1 3ET
07584056181

Support Offered

All of our therapists come from the men and women we help who go on to train as NLP Psychotherapists. We work within the ethical guidelines of the UKCP.

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