As a Museum, we have limited resources to directly deliver support to veterans of our Armed Forces – but what we can offer is flexible volunteering either as a museum guide, or as a researcher, and through these can provide you with a safe, nurturing environment to grow at your own pace – whatever you need to gain from volunteering, we hope to be able to provide. Please let us know how you would like to volunteer by emailing [email protected]
We will treat your enquiry with confidence and sensitivity. We want to be able to help you, so please let us know what you need…
There are also a number of brilliant organisations offering Veteran Support:
HELPING VETERANS, SERVICE PERSONNEL AND THEIR FAMILIES
At Help for Heroes, we believe those who serve our country deserve support when they’re wounded.
Every day, men and women have to leave their career in the Armed Forces as a result of physical or psychological wounds; their lives changed forever.
We help them, and those still serving, to recover and get on with their lives. We give them physical, psychological, financial and welfare support for as long as they need it. We also support their families, because they too can be affected by their loved one’s wounds.
We receive almost no funding from the Government, which means we rely on the spirit and generosity of the great British public, our partners and volunteers to keep going. Rest assured, we continue to put pressure on the Government to do more.
So far, with your help, we’ve supported more than 25,000 people, but we know that many more still need us. We won’t stop until every wounded veteran gets the support they deserve
We’re here for you 24/7
The first point of contact for veterans seeking support. We put veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more.
We are COMBAT STRESS, the UK’s leading charity for Veterans’ mental health
For a century we’ve been helping former servicemen and women deal with issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. Today we provide specialist treatment and support for veterans from every service and conflict to give them hope and a future.
The Legion is here to help members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families. And we’re not going anywhere.
Our support starts after one day of service and continues through life, long after service is over.
Veterans’ Gateway supports veterans and their families to find the help they need.
The team of advisors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 0808 802 1212. Connected to a network of Armed Forces organisations, they will make sure that you are quickly referred to those best placed to provide support, including the Royal British Legion.
The UK’s oldest national tri-service military charity.
SUPPORTING OLDER VETERANS
SSAFA provides a number of services for retirement-age veterans, helping with both domestic and emotional needs.
In recognition of their service to the Nation, SSAFA works to ensure that the needs of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families are met in an appropriate and timely way.
Established in 2010, Walking With The Wounded supports a pathway for vulnerable veterans to re-integrate back into society and sustain their independence. At the heart of this journey is employment.
We recognise the inherent skills of our armed service personnel and want to complement these qualities, as well as provide support to transfer their skills into the civilian workplace. We offer assistance through our programmes to those vulnerable veterans who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged by their service and assist them in sustaining their independence through new sustainable careers outside of the military. This includes providing support to homeless veterans and veterans in the Criminal Justice System, areas which are too often ignored.
The outcome? Sustainable employment, and independence for them and their families.
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is the national charity of the British Army, providing a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their immediate families when they are in need. We were founded in 1944 to ensure that soldiers returning from World War Two were well cared for. Since then, the welfare of soldiers, past and present, and their families has been at the heart of everything we do.
While there is a British Army, there will be The Soldiers’ Charity.
Mental illness is common and can affect anyone, including serving and ex-members of the armed forces and their families.
While some people cope by getting support from their family and friends, or by getting help with other issues in their lives, others need clinical care and treatment, which could be from the NHS, support groups or charities.
Although it’s completely normal to experience anxiety or depression after traumatic events, this can be tough to deal with.
Furthermore, the culture of the armed forces can make seeking help for a mental health problem appear difficult.
Some people may not experience some of these symptoms until a few years after leaving the armed forces.
They may also delay seeking help for a number of reasons, such as thinking that they can cope, fear of criticism, or feeling that NHS therapists won’t understand.