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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

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: 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: 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

Scottish Charity Number: SC043908

Glen Art supports veterans and their families.

Contact Information

http://www.glenart.co.uk/g/
info@glenart.co.uk
The Old Garden Centre
Erskine Home
Bishopton
PA7 5HS
07980631110

Support Offered

We organise artistic and gardening activities, as well as providing dogs and training for veterans with our BRAVEHOUND Project.

Through our partnership with the New York based Outside the Wire theatre company we co-present Theatre of War in the UK raising public awareness of PTSD and helping to remove the perceived stigma attached to a PTSD diagnosis in the military and veteran community.

We provide direct practical support in times of need.

Charity Number: 1195189
Company Number: 13144807

The advancement of health and social care for the public benefit, in particular, but not limited to the promotion, support, conduct and distribution of national and international research and the practical application of such research into all areas relating to vision impairment and related conditions in such ways as the Trustees think fit but with a particular focus on members and former members of the armed forces and of the emergency services and those involved in national and international security, conflict prevention and / or resolution and post-conflict stability and resilience operations.

Contact Information

http://www.bravovictor.org/
enquiries@bravovictor.org
12-14 Harcourt St
London
W1H 4HD

Support Offered

Biomedical, Social and Welfare and Innovation research, focused on blind veterans and people with vision impairment.
We aim to accelerate research and explore innovations to prevent, reduce, reverse, cure or to help people to live well with blindness and vision impairments
We also research related conditions that either do or can affect veterans with visual impairments
We seek regional, national and international collaboration and partnerships with appropriate academic, research, scientific, charity, public sector and commercial organisations to accelerate and expand research and innovation, build on mutual strengths and to avoid duplication of effort and spending.
We have a team of qualified research scientists, operating under the supervision of our Chief Scientific Officer. All of our research is ethically approved and subsequently peer reviewed and widely published.

Charity Number: 1109753

Forum and support group for Burma Star veterans.

Contact Information

http://www.burmastar.org.uk
34 Grosvenor Gardens
London
SW1W 0DU
020 7823 4273

Support Offered

Welfare assistance is available. The list includes: Top-up fees, nursing care, mobility aids, EPVs, home repairs, white goods etc

Club and social events
Magazine

Charity Number: 207500
Company Number: 428236

The Charity provides sheltered housing with support plus holidays to seafarers in need.

Contact Information

http://www.careashore.org/
info@careashore.org
Springbok Estate
Alfold
Surrey
GU6 8EX

Support Offered

The Charity offers a good support service to its residents to ensure they can live as independently as possible.

There are support workers who can assist in maximising benefits, access grants and manage medication.

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