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ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

For over 60 years The Soldiers’ Charity has worked to provide financial and practical support to soldiers, former soldiers and their families in times of need.

Amputee Football Association Scotland

AFAS is about developing and promoting opportunities, inclusiveness and accessibility to football for people of all ages who have an amputation, congenital limb difference or other limb-affecting disorder.

Back On Track

Back On Track provides private healthcare to veterans that is not available on the NHS.   

Beacon Counselling Trust

The Trust operates a free counselling service based in Liverpool for ex-service personnel and their families, with a residential facility in Anglesey. It also delivers the two-day accredited Mental Health First Aid Course for the Armed Forces Community for which free places are available.

Bike Tours For The Wounded

This voluntary not-for-profit organisation aims to raise money, support and awareness to be able to fund 52 free places on motorcycle tours (as a pillion passenger) in the USA for serving personnel and service veterans who are wounded, injured or sick with life-changing injuries.

BLESMA – British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association

The objectives of the Association are to promote the welfare of those men and women who have lost a limb or limbs, or one or both eyes, or the use of limbs as a result of service in any branch of Her Majesty’s Forces or Auxiliary Forces.

Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan’s)

The charity for blind ex-service men and women, both those blinded in action and those who have lost their sight through accident, illness or old age. It offers lifelong welfare support, rehabilitation, training, long-term nursing, residential and respite care.

Breaking Ground Heritage

This Community Incorporated Company aims to facilitate a recovery programme for veterans and their families using archaeology and heritage as a medium. They can also aid the transition into ‘civvy street’ by providing training and support to personnel and links into academia.

British Wireless for the Blind Fund

Helping people who are blind or partially-sighted to access the world of audio by providing specially designed radios and audio players.

Change Step

Covering the whole of Wales, Change Step is a CAIS-led peer mentoring and advice service for military veterans and others with post traumatic stress disorder or probable substance misuse issues who want to make positive changes to their lives.

Combat Stress

For more than 80 years Combat Stress has been the only services charity specialising in helping those of all ranks from the Armed Forces and the Merchant Navy suffering from psychological disability as a result of their service.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)

The CWGC is responsible for marking and maintaining the graves of those members of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars, for building and maintaining memorials to the dead whose graves are unknown and for providing records and registers of these 1.7 million burials and commemorations found in most countries throughout the world.

Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS)

The DMWS provides 24 hour practical and emotional support to those members of the British Armed Forces who are receiving hospital care, their dependent relatives and entitled civilians, in operational areas and in static locations in the UK and overseas.

East Wickham & Welling War Memorial Trust

The Trust was formed after WWI to remember the men from the area who gave their lives. To commemorate the Centenary of WWI the Trust has undertaken a project to tell the stories on the 105 men listed on their War Memorial and uncover any missing names. Each year the Trust holds a Festival of Remembrance.

Focus on Disability

A wide range of information, advice and contacts for disabled people and their carers in the UK since 1999.

Goldfish Club

The aim of the Goldfish Club is to keep alive the spirit of comradeship arising from the mutual experience of members surviving ‘coming down in the drink’.

Grenadier Guards Association

Maintains connections between past and present members of the Grenadier Guards and grants financial assistance to needy members or their widows, or on behalf of their children.

Gwennili Trust

Irrespective of age or disability, the Gwennili Trust offers easily accessible yacht sailing whether you are a first time sailor or an experienced sea dog.

Heroes Haven Swanage

This purpose-built lodge provides affordable holidays for disabled, injured and visually impaired serving and ex-serving members of the Armed Forces, their immediate family and carers.

Invictus Games Foundation

The Invictus Games Foundation has been set up to develop the legacy of the inaugural Invictus Games in 2014, to manage the process of selecting the hosts of future games and to oversee their delivery.


Lifeworks is a fully funded 5 day course run by RBLI in locations across the UK. It is designed to equip ex-armed forces personnel with the tools they need to get into and maintain a civilian job and is available to anyone who has been in the Armed Forces, regardless of when and how long they served.


A charity which strives to create greater independence and healthier living for all amputees and limb impaired people.

Lord Kitchener Memorial Holiday Centre

Kitchener’s is a unique Suffolk charity which offers hotel holiday accommodation to ex-service men and women and their spouses or partners. Situated overlooking the sea in south Lowestoft, Kitchener’s is open April to October, holidays are taken Tuesday to Tuesday and rooms are twin-bedded en suite.

National FEPOW Fellowship Welfare Remembrance Association

NFFWRA provides practical help and assistance to former FEPOWs (Far East Prisoners of War), their wives and widows; including assistance with arranging home adaptations, mobility equipment, financial payments for hospital stays, nursing home grants and reunion grants.

Norfolk Disabled Friendly Cottages

Eight self-catering cottages designed to accommodate both the disabled and the able-bodied alike. Converted to a high standard from farm buildings, the cottages are situated in the village of Bircham five miles from the Royal Estate at Sandringham and seven miles from the North Norfolk coast. A car is essential.

Officers’ Association

The Officers’ Association promotes the welfare of those who hold or have held a commission in HM Armed Services (Regular or Reserve) and their dependants through the provision of advice, financial support and general assistance.

​Only A Pavement Away

Only A Pavement Away aim to help people struggling to get into work overcome hurdles by finding jobs within the hospitality, pub and restaurant industry, whilst negating the need for people to face an existence of living on the streets.

Our Local Heroes Foundation

Based in the North West of England, this charity predominately provides financial assistance to ex-service personnel for a wide variety of items e.g. funding for courses, white goods, new boilers, etc.

Pannone Solicitors

Pannone have put together a useful guide to the issue of compensation for injured armed forces personnel. It is aimed at giving those men and women the best chance of obtaining maximum financial support.


The RAF Association (RAFA) is a membership organisation of serving and former members of the Royal Air Force.

RAF Benevolent Fund

Grants, loans and advice are available for a broad range of help, including: mobility aids and specialist equipment for the sick and disabled; help with housing and accommodation; assistance in accessing and funding care; as well as individual grants.


Remploy are the UK’s leading provider of employment services. They specialise in supporting veterans to make a smooth transition from the Armed Forces to mainstream careers following illness, injury or disability.

Rewards for Forces

This free-to-join scheme offers service personnel, their families and veterans discounts, savings and benefits on a wide range of goods and services including in shops, restaurants and leisure outlets.

Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion provides financial, social and emotional support to millions who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces and their dependents.

Royal Naval Association

Membership is open to all serving and ex-service members of the Naval Forces including the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, QARNNS, WRNS, Reserves and all ranks and specialisations.

Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity

Through grants, the charity is able to support serving personnel, veterans and their families. Since 2007, the charity has funded projects and facilities that boost morale for those who serve today. It also distributes millions of pounds annually to military charities which care for the children, families and veterans of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

Royal Marines Charity

The Royal Marines Charity’s mission is to provide support, advice and friendship to serving and retired Royal Marines, their families, those who aspire to join and those with close links to the Corps.

Royal Star & Garter Homes

Since its foundation in 1916 this charity has provided an outstanding quality of nursing and therapeutic care to ex-service men and women.

Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded offer free support to anyone who has served in any of the Armed Forces and who suffers from sight loss which impacts on their independence. The sight loss does not to be service related. Members are linked to a local outreach worker who supports them through the provision of specialist VI equipment, mobility training, social events and other support which may help them to live more independently.

Seafarers UK

Seafarers UK has been helping seafarers since 1917. It is an umbrella organisation which awards grants to other charities that help those who are, or once were, in the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy or fishing fleets. It also gives grants to charities that help seafarers’ families, including widows and children.

Seafarer Support

The single point of contact for the UK Maritime Charity Sector. Information on more than 150 charities which provide services to serving and former seafarers (Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Merchant Navy and fishermen) and their families.

Service Personnel & Veterans Agency

Provides pay, pension and support services to both military personnel and the veterans community.


Seven established service charities which provide a range of employment related services and support for the Forces community (including spouses/partners and dependents) to find and stay in work.

South Central Veterans’ Service

Specialist mental health service for anyone who has served in the British Armed Services (Regular and Reserve) covering Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight.

SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association)

Provides support for the serving men and women in today’s Armed Forces and for those who have served – even if it was only for a single day – and cares for the needs of their families and dependants.

Turn to Starboard

This registered charity uses Royal Yachting Association sailing courses to support Armed Forces men and women who have been affected by military operations. They support serving and ex-service personnel and their families.

Walking With The Wounded

​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.

Waterloo Uncovered

Waterloo Uncovered is a registered UK charity that combines a world‐class archaeology project on the battlefield of Waterloo with a support program for veterans and the military community. Working in partnership with some of Europe’s top universities, and through the unique perspective of a team comprised of archaeologists, veterans, and serving soldiers, Waterloo Uncovered aims to understand war and its impact on people — and to educate the public about it.