Armed forces charities and support groups

Find information about charities and support groups who help the armed forces community.


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National organisations

Royal British Legion

For serving personnel, veterans and Armed Forces families.

The Royal British Legion gives advice and support on wellbeing on their website and through their community branches. For additional advice and support the Royal British Legion’s online chat and helpline works 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.

The Royal British Legion Website.

Helpline: 08088028080

Live chat: RBL – Support Login (britishlegion.org.uk)

SSAFA

For serving personnel, veterans and Armed Forces families.

SSAFA provides lifelong emotional and practical support. To get this support call their helpline or use their online chat Monday to Friday, 9 to 5:30.

SSAFA website.

Helpline: 0800 260 6767

Combat Stress

For serving personnel, veterans and armed forces families.

The charity Combat Stress provides self help advice on their website. They offer mental health helplines for 24/7 confidential advice and support.

Combat Stress website.

Veterans and their families helpline: 0800 138 1619

Serving personnel and their families helpline: 0800 323 4444

You can also text on 07537 404719 and email helpline@combatstress.org.uk.

Service Families Federations

For serving personnel and their families.

The three Service Families Federation offer independent and confidential advice on a range of issues for all service families.

Website for Naval Families.

Website for Army Families.

Website for Royal Air Force Families.

Veterans Gateway

For veterans and their families.

Veterans Gateway provides wellbeing support and advice on their website and with their 24/7 Live Chat, text messaging and helpline.

The Veterans Gateway website.

Helpline: 08088021212

Text chat: 81212

The Veterans Gateway live chat.

Help for Heroes

For wounded, injured and sick serving personnel, veterans and their families.

The Help for Heroes charity provides physical, psychological, financial and welfare support to wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans, and their families. Contact Help for Heroes through their website to see how they can support you.

Help for Heroes website.

Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS)

For serving personnel, veterans and armed forces families.

DMWS provides practical and emotional support to military personnel, their families and other entitled civilians when they’re in hospital, rehabilitation or recovery centres.

The Defence Medical Welfare Service website.

The Soldiers’ Charity

For serving personnel, veterans and armed forces families.

The Soldiers’ Charity provides financial assistance to soldiers in need and their families, which includes debt relief, mobility assistance, education bursaries, care home fees and respite breaks.

The soldiers’ Charity website.

Walking with the Wounded

For veterans and their families.

Walking with the Wounded offers support services on issues including mental health, employment, criminal justice and addiction. Their website offers information on how to be referred to their services.

Walking with the Wounded website.

Togetherall

For serving personnel, veterans and armed forces families.

Togetherall is a mental health support service, anonymous, round-the-clock online support, with trained counsellors available at all times. There’s a supportive community and lots of free resources that all armed forces personnel, veterans and their families can use at any time.

Togetherall website

Armed Forces Charities for people with specific healthcare conditions

Blind Veterans

For veterans who have experienced sight loss and their families.

Blind Veterans offers community groups, rehabilitation and support with care as well as advice on their website.

Blind Veterans website.

Phone number: 0800 389 7979

Blesma

For veterans who have experienced life-changing limb loss or the use of a limb, an eye loss during service and their families.

Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, offers advice and support through their local support officers. Blesma also provides financial assistance to help with the additional costs of disability.

Blesma website.

Blesma phone number: 020 8590 1124.

Women’s armed forces charities

Salute Her UK

For women veterans who are survivors of military sexual trauma and their families.

Salute Her UK provides a support service which offers mental health therapy and interventions for women survivor of military sexual trauma in a single sex environment.

Salute Her UK website.

LGBT+ armed forces charities

Fighting with pride

For LGBT+ serving personnel, veterans and their forces families.

Fighting with Pride advise on how to get help and provide information for LGBT+ members of the Armed Forces community.

Fighting with Pride website.

Addiction charities

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

AA is a free self-help network. Its “12-step” programme involves getting sober with the help of regular support groups. AA believes people with drink problems need to give up alcohol permanently.

Alcoholics Anonymous website.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery runs a network of self-help and mutual aid meetings where participants help themselves and fellow members with recovery from any kind of addictive behaviour.

SMART Recovery website.