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Charity Number: 1185308

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.

Scottish Charity Number: SC046484

Dundee Therapy Garden uses horticultural therapy to help Dundee’s uniformed service veterans overcome mental health problems which have damaged their lives.

Contact Information

https://www.dundeetherapygarden.org/
dundeetherapygarden@hotmail.com
The Birches
High St.
Edzell,Brechin
DD9 7TF
01356 648 008

Support Offered

Dundee Therapy Garden offers individually tailored therapy sessions in a peaceful garden in Dudhope Park. The charity works with the veterans to develop coping strategies which enable them to rebuild their self-confidence, restore relationships with family and friends and reconnect with the communities in which they live. Dundee Therapy Garden employs 2 qualified therapists who are helped by a team of trained volunteers. Horticultural therapy is not a quick fix. It may take as long as 3 years before a veteran is ready to move on to the world of work or to further training. The therapists also offer advice and support to family members.

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

Scottish Charity Number: SC046606

The relief of those in need by reason of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage.

Contact Information

http://www.Fares4Free.org
info@fares4free.org
136 Elmore Avenue
Glasgow
G44 5BG

Support Offered

Fares4Free work with taxi firms, drivers and community transport organisations to provide veterans with free transport to help them access essential services and fight isolation one mile at a time.
Fares4Free drivers provide a welcoming safe environment and a listening ear.
Expertise:
Transport and journey planning.
Signposting

Charity Number: 1104212
Company Number: 7587011

As a charity we are devoted to working together to help children in need whose father or mother has died, or has sustained life threatening injuries whilst serving as a member of the British Armed Forces.

Contact Information

https://forceschildrenstrust.org.uk/
denny.wise@forceschildrenstrust.org.uk
'Quaver Rest'
65 Shawley Way
Epsom Downs
KT18 5PD
01737 361077

Support Offered

Educational trips, Holidays, Help with extra curricula activities, Bereavement Counselling Weekends, plus many other activities.

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: 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: 1159482
Company Number: 9318784

The Invictus Games Foundation (IGF) seeks to inspire communities through the power of the unconquerable spirit.
We encourage greater international understanding and respect for those who serve their country by inspiring recovery and supporting the rehabilitation of wounded, injured or sick (WIS) military Service personnel and veterans.

Contact Information

https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/
info@invictusgames.org
190 Great Dover Street
SE1 4YB
02038484650

Support Offered

The Invictus Games Foundation uses the Invictus Games to inspire recovery and demonstrate the resilience of the Invictus Community. We improve lives through our support to sports recovery activities. And we share best practice and collaborate to influence research and increase knowledge around trauma, recover, rehabilitation and the power of sport.

The Invictus Games Foundation:
• Uses the power of sport to develop and deliver international competitions of adaptive sport
through the Invictus Games.
• Supports initiatives for WIS to regain a sense of purpose.
• Supports initiatives for WIS to re-engage with and contribute to their communities.
• Curates and shares best practice to foster greater international collaboration for recovery
and rehabilitation.

Scottish Charity Number: SC040690
Company Number: 362801

The charity is primarily designed as a ‘drop-in’ centre, with no appointments necessary. Our aim is to advise and support former members of our UK Armed Forces, reservists and their families, throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians, who experience any form of disadvantage post service. We have a small team of dedicated staff readily available to tackle any challenges that present, however minor or complex.

Contact Information

http://www.lothiansveteranscentre.org.uk/
contact@lothiansveteranscentre.org.uk
22 Eskdaill Court
Dalkeith
EH22 1AG

Support Offered

– A four day per week drop-in service, with no appointment necessary
– The LVC team provide advice support with employment, education, housing and benefits. Through our partnership work we provide quick reaction support for those with mental health challenges.
– Our drop-in centre is a safe place for “a brew and a blether” with fellow Veterans or to receive specialised support
– Friday’s at LVC are the social hub of the week, with our bacon roll morning
– Monthly social events, outings, sports and outdoor activities are also popular parts of our programme.
– We provide specialist support for partners of Veterans
– LVC also offers transition support to serving personnel due for discharge.

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