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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: 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: 1148194
Company Number: 07930954

Allied Services Trust:

1. Provides unbiased education to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for possible future incapacity
2. Empowers people to make informed decisions about who might help them in the future with their financial and welfare matters
3. Offers a drafting service which is accessible and affordable
4. Offers an administration service to help those who are vulnerable and have no-one else to act on their behalf
5. Operates on a not for profit basis offering additional reduced fees for those on low income and experiencing financial hardship

Contact Information

http://www.alliedservicestrust.org/
enquiries@alliedservicestrust.org
The Granary
Newlands Manor Farm
Everton
SO41 0JH
01590 644073

Support Offered

Lasting Powers of Attorney
Attorneyship Administrations
Court of Protection Applications
Deputyship Administrations
Unbiased Education
Drafting Workshops
Mobile Clinics
Supports people Nationally

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: 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: 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: 1162066

The charity object are as follows:
Providing assistance to beneficiaries with the provision of affordable accommodation, “beneficiaries” means;
Those who are in need or vulnerable , because of their physical or mental health or social or economic circumstances, to former members of the merchant navy, former service personal of armed forces of the crown and widow’s widowers and surviving dependants of men and woman who have served in the merchant navy, Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force.

Contact Information

http://bwmh.org.uk/
estatemanager@bwmh.org.uk
12a Memorial Homes
Bournemouth
BH8 9TP
01202 302881

Support Offered

Charity Number: 1028663
Company Number: 2634372

The charity aims and purpose is to offer emotional and practical support to vulnerable groups with complex needs, including veterans and their family members. Residents in the Boroughs of: Merton, Wandsworth, Richmond, Kingston and Sutton.
Our aim is to support groups in society, who find difficult to integrate within their local community, to do so. By increasing their self-confidence, develop the needed practical skills and guide them in achieving their full potential.

Contact Information

http://www.cdars.org.uk/
info@cdars.org.uk
296a Kingston Road
Wimbledon Chase
SW20 8LX
0203 8728217

Support Offered

CDARS has provided service within the community for over 30 years, our lines of expertise covers: counselling, support groups, managing and support with mental health, prevention and managing of suicide risks, thoughts and ideation, managing and support with substance and alcohol disorders, building self-esteem and self-confidence, develop and provision of health and well-being programme, including arts, music, choir and sports activities. Support with housing, homelessness and education/employment issues, treatment for perpetrators of domestic violence.

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

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