Member Directory

Company Number: 21084R

To provide affordable and sensitively managed sheltered housing for people over 60 years of age, giving priority to those who have served in the Armed Forces and their surviving partners or relatives.

Contact Information

http://www.agamemnon.org.uk
enquiries@agamemnon.org.uk
Agamemnon House
Lindisfarne Close
Cosham,Portsmouth
PO6 2SB
02932387086

Support Offered

We offer sheltered housing that is supported by an on-site warden. Accommodation consists of single and double flats within a communal court set in beautiful grounds.

Charity Number: 1155813

Age Cymru Dyfed promotes the health and well-being, primarily of older people, in and around west wales (ie the counties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire).

The charity provides a range of services including Information & Advice relating to financial and physical and emotional wellbeing; Byw Adref (home help); Befriending Life Links; Hospital Discharge; Digital Inclusion; nail cuttings; Covid-19 support; and information and support to older veterans of the British Armed Forces

Contact Information

http://www.agecymru.org.uk/ceredigion
reception@agecymrudyfed.org.uk
27 Pier Street
Aberystwyth
SY23 2LN

Support Offered

On-going information, advice and support to older military veterans including supporting access to welfare benefits and military pension/compensation claims, befriending, advocacy, housing adaptations, Covid-19 emergency support; help to establish digital connections etc

Coordinating the establishment of the West Wales Veterans Archive in the National Library of Wales:

https://www.peoplescollection.wales/users/44171

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: 1006504
Company Number: 2604011

Ending homelessness for veterans by providing a pathway of accommodation and support to enable them to move on to a successful, independent and fulfilling life

Contact Information

http://www.alabare.co.uk
enquiries@alabare.co.uk
Riverside House
2 Watt Road
Salisbury
SP2 7UD
01722 322 882

Support Offered

Temporary supported accommodation – both higher and lower support homes, through which residents can transition to independence

Signposting to specialist support services

Mentoring and Befriending

Academic Institution

Contact Information

http://anglia.ac.uk/vfi
Matt.fossey@anglia.ac.uk
Veterans & Families Institute
Anglia Ruskin University
Chelmsford Campus, Bishop Hall Lane,Chelmsford
CM1 1SQ

Support Offered

The Veteran & Families Institute Director, Matt Fossey has extensive expertise in the UK voluntary sector, including working with the mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness as National Stakeholder Manager on the national anti-stigma campaign “Time to Change”. Matt is chair of the National Veterans Offender Working Group and is also a member of the DWP Veterans Working Group. Matt is a Senior Associate with the Centre for Mental Health and is also vice-chair of Healthwatch Essex. Matt has written widely including publications on veterans’ health and wellbeing, mental health and liaison psychiatry, including a number of key publications with economist Michael Parsonage.
Matt is supported by a host of academics researching issues related to veterans and their families including, Post Operational Stress Management, the effects of limb loss, Sexual Violence, Veterans in the Criminal Justice System, Spousal Employment and , Mental Health.

The Veterans Research Hub provides an accessible, contemporary and authoritative repository of UK and international research-related resources and literature on military veterans and their families, including transitions to civilian lives, that informs and stimulates research, policy development, improved service delivery and journalistic enquiry.”Work on the project began in autumn 2015, hosted within the Veterans & Families Institute (VFI), and will run to autumn 2017, by which time the Hub itself will be established.

Charity Number: 1191968

The Hub provides a Tri-Service Hub offering a safe environment with a single point of focus for Armed Forces Personnel, Service Leavers, Veterans and their families/dependents providing the best, timely, on-going, comprehensive and appropriate support/signposting through various diverse and trusted providers using a multi-disciplined approach of joined up working to achieve an optimised, efficient, person centred service to its users promoting high levels of engagement, increased confidence, resilience and well-being, self-efficacy and the facilitation of skills transfer for the individual back into the community.

The Hub researched ‘best practice’ by working with veterans and has obtained a reputation for focusing its outcomes on work and health related activities. Whereas other veteran charities focused on generic counselling and support services, The Hub focuses on working with veterans to stabilise their lives and then help them back into work, resulting in real job outcomes and improving their quality of life.

Contact Information

http://
info@armedforceshub.org
CoLab
3 King William St
Exeter
EX4 6PD

Support Offered

The Hub Offer, Products and Services, Key Features and Benefits:

• City Centre Location, easy access in the heart of the Community.
• The model is both enabling and supportive, perceiving the wounded, injured and sick part of the veteran and service leaver’s community as an asset. Our activities are driven by our values which include Community, Peer Support, Voluntary Service, Professionalism, independence and inclusivity (service available to all eligible).
• It is not a military charity, therefore non-judgmental. We will treat all Veterans and Service Leavers with unconditional regard whatever their circumstances or experience.
• Complimentary service NOT a competitive one. A catalyst between organisations providing a common link but a single point of triage.
• Identifies critical issues and deals with them.
• Person-centred and solution focused speaking the same language as client group.
• Appointments are not time bound and clients are seen immediately.
• Not constrained by the ‘Form A’ process of other military charities, more flexible so can provide help immediately.
• Community focused (Local service with local connections and opportunities) with defined objective of transferring veteran’s and service leaver’s skills back into the Community i.e. Employment, Volunteering, Work Experience or other meaningful occupation.
• Offers ‘safe’ environment where clients are therefore happy to engage, re-instating a feeling of trust and self-worth.
• Bespoke employment and training information and advice.
• Bespoke personalized support, mentoring and coaching.
• Reduced isolation and increased integration with society/community through Peer Support and Volunteering.
• Access to advice and information surgeries.
• Quicker referral routes/access to specialist services – Help for Heroes, Veterans UK, SSAFA,
NHS Veterans Mental Health Services, op Courage, Combat Stress, RBL contact centre, for those currently serving, Service Leavers, Veterans and their families/Dependents, Assistance
with claims to DWP Benefits (JSA, ESA, PIP), Homelessness/Housing Advice, RFEA, Poppy
Factory, RAFA, Officer’s Association, Drug and Alcohol Services, War pensions & Armed Forces
Compensation Scheme (AFCS) advisor service – support with appeals.
• As a result of above reduced pressure on statutory services.
• Bespoke support for those leaving the Criminal Justice System or at risk of offending/re-offending working with The Police and NHS Liaison and Diversion Services.
• Partnership approach of “The Hub” – by working together with military services and charities, means that overall military based services are not duplicating support. Charities are working together to make sure that their services are not duplicated and can work directly with other military organisations.
• Closers connections – closer working results in closer connections and faster action for client. A wrap-around service is provided to the client in one location – resulting in less travel, less form filling, less referral appointments and a truly in-depth service that meets most of the client’s needs.

Charity Number: 1190952
Company Number: 12727846

The Association of Service Drop-In Centres (ASDIC)’s mission is to work to maximise the sustainability, resilience, effectiveness and delivery of Drop-In Centres and improve liaison with Breakfast Clubs across the United Kingdom to ensure that all vulnerable veterans receive swift and empathetic support, and that their needs are appreciated at higher levels.

Contact Information

http://www.asdic.org.uk
admin@asdic.org.uk
c/o RBLI Village
Hall Road
Aylesford
ME20 7NL

Support Offered

ASDIC works nationwide with all Services and all ranks to exchange and coordinate information between its Drop-In members, pursue issues of common concern and take consequent action, act as a communications medium between the Drop-In community and external agencies including Cobseo and the OVA, and represent and support the needs and opinions of its members at central and local government levels and with other national agencies including the NHS and major civilian charities.

Charity Number: 257040

To bind together in practical friendship women of the Royal Naval Services, past and present, by sharing achievements, traditions and heritage

Contact Information

http://www.wrens.org.uk
office@wrens.org.uk
Building 1/87
Scott Road
HM Naval Base,Portsmouth
PO1 3LU
02392 725141

Support Offered

Frequent meetings / reunions held throughout UK. Representation at military parades / commemorative events, throughout UK

In-house magazine ‘The Wren’ posted to all members.

Opportunity to attend reunions, meet locally, find former colleagues.
Contact with HM Ships / RN establishments.

Referrals to WRNS Benevolent Trust.

Charity Number: 518806
Company Number: 01944414

BASIC exists to serve people recovering from a traumatic brain injury or neurological illness. The organisation specialises in rehabilitation services for people and their families who are recovering from stroke, head and spinal injury, brain haemorrhage, brain tumour or similar injury/condition.

Contact Information

http://www.basiccharity.org.uk
enquiries@basiccharity.org.uk
554 Eccles New Rd
M5 5AP

Support Offered

Mental health services
Physical rehabilitation services
Cognitive rehabilitation services
Vocational support services
Complimentary therapies
Benefits and welfare rights advice
Social and therapeutic activities

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