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support for veterans

There are many charities and organisations who offer information, support and advice to Veterans on a wide range of issues.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes.

Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety

Alzheimer's Society

We are the UK's largest dementia charity, providing local services to those living with dementia as well as funding vital research and continuing to campaign for better social care and to give those with dementia a voice. Coronavirus means that some of the most vulnerable in society have become even more isolated and daily life has become much harder so they need us more than ever before. We are continuing to provide welfare calls, have started volunteer Companion Calls and we provide support through our helpline and online forum Talking Point during this time.

Army Benevolent Fund - Plymouth Branch

We are the Army's national charity, giving a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their immediate families when they are in need.

The Plymouth Branch has about 20 supporters ranging in age from late teens to mid nineties who collect donations from shoppers in leading supermarkets in Plymouth. There are normally six to eight collections per year and each is manned by a small team of two or three collectors each doing a two hour shift. Over the last three years, before Coronavirus struck, the branch collected £20,000 to support local soldiers, veterans and their immediate families.

Battling On

Battling On Community Interest Company was established in 2012 to help support members of the Armed Forces who were struggling to make the transition from military to civilian life. Since its inception Battling On has become a multi award winning organisation that supports not only veterans, but also some of the West Country's most vulnerable young people, through innovative programmes and approaches to solving complex social problems.

Through our About Turn programme we provide support and wrap-around care to veterans with mental health and complex socio economic challenges with the aim of providing the practical and emotional support to enable veterans to deal with any of the challenges they may be facing.


Blesma, The Limbless Veterans was formed in the years following the First World War and became a national charity in 1932. Blesma is dedicated to assisting serving and ex-Service men and women who have suffered limb loss or the loss of use of a limb, an eye or loss of sight. We support these men and women and their families in their communities throughout the UK and overseas.

We are the only national Service charity that supports limbless veterans for the duration of their lives; just as we are still caring for our surviving World War II veterans, we also look after those who have survived complex trauma injuries through recent conflicts, accidents or illness, and will need our specialised support as they face the long journey ahead.

Blesma aims to ensure that all serving or ex-service men and women who have lost sight, limbs or the use of limbs can lead independent and fulfilling lives and will not be failed, forgotten or left behind.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) honours the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, and ensures they will never be forgotten.

In Plymouth, the Commission cares for the graves and memorials of over 28,000 men and women from across the Commonwealth on the Plymouth Naval Memorial on the Hoe, and in cemeteries and churchyards across the city.

Defence Welfare Medical Service

We are an independent charity providing help and support to the Armed Forces community and other frontline staff whenever they are receiving medical treatment.

Our Mission: To provide a high-quality medical welfare service to those who serve the nation and the community when they are in the patient care pathway, in order to deliver capability and productivity.

Jack and Jill's Childcare

The Royal Naval Preschool Learning Organisation (RNPSLO) AKA Jack and Jill's Childcare is a Charity that has been providing good quality childcare to the Service and Civilian families of Plymouth for the past 48 years.

Jack and Jill's Childcare employ 30 staff that are employed by the Board of Trustees managed by the Area Coordinator. Many staff are married to service personnel or have been in the Armed Forces themselves, which assists us in settling families, and having empathy for the problems that can arise during times leading up to deployment, the detachment, and withdrawal from family life, the deployment itself, emotional disorganisation and time of separation and then the anticipants of home coming and finally the post deployment when re-integration and stabilisation back into the family every day life happens.

Lions Club of Plymouth

When caring people join together, roll up their sleeves and take action to make their community better, it's a beautiful thing and an incredible feeling for everyone involved. That's Lions.

Being a Lion is about leading by example, building relationships and improving the world through kindness. It's 1.4 million caring men and women serving together so they can make a lasting impact and change more lives.

Livewell - Plymouth Options

At some time in our lives most of us find ourselves feeling low, worried, fearful or distressed. Plymouth Options offers a range of free services to help people manage common mental health problems

MKC Heroes

MKC Heroes, formally HMS Heroes, was founded in 2010, in Plymouth, to support Service and veterans’ children during the high number of deployments to areas of conflict.

The club began with 40 local children, to give them a voice, and today, there are over 10,000 members, across the United Kingdom and beyond.

MKC Heroes is now an important part of The Royal British Legion, representing their Service and veterans’ children and young people section.

MKC Heroes is a club for Service and veterans’ children and young people, led by the members, who support each other and ensure the voice of their community is heard.

Military Archive Research

I undertake Military History research covering genealogy (military family history), operations of the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Merchant Navy etc. All periods are considered, from 1750 to recently, and most topics such as World Wars 1 & 2, British in India. I aim to provide a high quality research service and I consider research at the main London based archives plus some other provincial archives.

Military and Hospitaller Order Of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem

The Order is one of the original Chivalric Orders of the First Crusade. It’s purpose was to administer to the sick and in particular those suffering from Leprosy and later developed a Military Wing to protect pilgrims to Jerusalem.
The Knights and Men at Arms wore the green cross on their shields and uniforms green being linked to nature and healing. They had close links with The Knights Templar and Hospitaller Order Of St John. If any Knight from those Orders contracted Leprosy they had to join the Order of St Laz whose Knights originally all suffered from the decease but not the monk nurses of the Order but later opened to healthy Knights as well.

Today the Order is worldwide still administering to lepers and those suffering from skin deceases and supporting a range of charities including Military Charities. The Order is multi denominational under the umbrella of the Catholic Church.


National Service Royal Air Force Association

The National Service (Royal Air Force) Association is a national organisation whose membership is drawn from those who were conscripted into the Royal Air Force between 1939 and 1963 ‒ the period covered by the National Service Acts of Parliament. Full details appear on the Association’s website.

Members of the national body are eligible to join local groups such as the South West Group which covers Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset.

Navy Wings

The development of Britain's great naval aviation heritage is one of the most remarkable stories of the past hundred years. It is a story of epic achievement, heroic and daring actions and world leading technological advancement that radically shaped history.

Funded by public donations, Navy Wings brings the excitement and discovery of this story to life by restoring, maintaining and flying a collection of historic aircraft, which display to over three million people annually at air shows and events up and down the country.

You can get involved by becoming a Navy Wings supporter from just 3 a month.This gives you exclusive access to a hands-on workshops in the heritage hangar, priority access to events, a range of discounts, an annual magazine, regular email updates and a fantastic welcome pack!

Plymouth Citybus

Plymouth Citybus has worked hard over the years to build a supportive and sustainable relationship with serving and ex-service Armed Forces personnel.

As a major employer, we work on a daily basis with multiple aspects of the Armed Forces and know we play a key role in supporting Veterans, helping those who service and honouring our region’s military heritage.

We became a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant in 2016, where we made a commitment to the Armed Forces Community, including ensuring employment opportunities are made available to Veterans, supporting wounded, injured or sick personnel through partnering with Recovery Career Services, and participating in transition work fairs, amongst other pledges.

During events such as Armed Forces Day, Remembrance Sunday and Remembrance Day, we offer free travel for serving and ex-serving Armed Forces personnel including cadet units.

We also have a number of dedicated buses, such as the Poppy Appeal bus and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity bus. The buses help to support and raise awareness of the fantastic work these charities do.

Plymouth Libraries

During this uncertain time, while libraries are temporarily closed, you can still make use of our free online services from Plymouth Libraries:

• Join the library online and we will email you with your new library card number so you can use our online services straight away.
• Download the Plymouth Library app to view and renew your current library books
• Continue reading with the Libby app - you can download a large selection of ebooks and eaudiobooks
• You can download your favourite magazine, comics and now newspapers with the RBdigital app
• Enjoy our other free online resources to help with information and research.

Plymouth Mayflower Rotary Club

Rotary International is a global organisation, the heart of which is our members; dedicated people with a shared passion for community service and friendship.

Our Club, Plymouth Mayflower, is one of five Rotary Clubs operating in Plymouth (Plymouth, Plympton, Saltram, Roborough and ourselves). We are a breakfast club meeting weekly on Fridays at 7:30am for one hour at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Armada Way (Lockdown aside!).

Plymouth Veterans and Family Hub

Plymouth Veterans and Family Hub provides social activity, peer support and mentoring, casework, support for unpaid carers, and works with a range of organisations in the city to shape better pathways to employment, mental wellbeing, welfare, housing advice and financial information. Although we are currently working remotely, we are still fully operational and have adapted the way our services are run to comply with current regulations.

Plymouth and Southwest Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association

The Objects of the Association is to bring together in true comradeship Members of the Commonwealth and British Armed Forces. Who served in Malaya, Borneo, Republic of Singapore and Brunei Darussalam during the Second World War. The Malaya Emergency, The Borneo/Indonesian Confrontation and The Brunei Insurrection.

To remember with pride, respect and gratitude, those of all Nationalities, who made the supreme Sacrifice in the line of Duty for their country.


Provincial Grand Lodge of Devonshire

Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisation. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry.

RFEA - The Forces Employment Charity

RFEA The Forces Employment Charity exists to provide life-long, life-changing support, job opportunities, and training to service leavers, veterans, reservists and their families, irrespective of circumstances, rank, length of service, or reason for leaving

The RFEA has launched a programme to help the spouses and partners of serving and ex-Forces personnel into employment with the support of a dedicated Families Employment Advisor. The help includes career diagnostics, individual employment case-working support and job-brokerage to suitable and sustainable jobs through our extensive database of employers. The programme is open to civilian spouses and partners of still serving and ex-service personnel including divorced spouses and widows, subject to eligibility checks.”

Please register at

Raleigh Enterprises

Raleigh Enterprises was set up in 2017 with the aim of raising money for HMS Raleigh's Central Amenities Fund (CAF). The CAF is a registered Charity and looks to support HMS Raleigh's personnel in places where normal MOD funding is unavailable.

We supply a large ranging of Royal Navy branded clothing which is all bought from Official MOD Licensed manufacturers, we have a range of gifts suitable for presents and / or awards and also a large selection of products available to be personalised for your loved one. We aim to meet your every demand where possible and are more than happy to help. So please feel free to ask if you are after something specific that we do not have. We are staffed and supported by a small group of committed volunteers, made up of both serving and ex-serving personnel who strive to make your shopping experience as seamless and simple as possible.

We hope whilst creating the "new normal" that we can help but also when we do return to being open fully to the public that you can pop in and say hello.

Rame Head National Coastwatch

Our role is to Spot: Plot: Report: Assist with emergencies either at Sea or along the Coastpath. We report directly to the Coastguard at Falmouth and help as part of the Search and Rescue Team in recovering casualties. We also give weather bulletins and do radio checks for sailors.

Royal British Legion

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.
We support serving and ex-serving personnel all year round, every day of the week.

Our support starts after seven days of service and continues through life, long after service is over.

Royal Engineers Association Plymouth

Who we are: The Association acts as a link between serving and retired members of the Corps and it provides financial and other assistance to serving and former members of the Corps, their spouses, widows and dependents who are in need. We also meet for social gatherings, keeping the bond and the spirit of being a Sapper alive.

Where are we: The branch meets at 7:30pm on the last Thursday of each month at the Royal British legion Club in Crownhill. This is an opportunity to chat and socialise with fellow members.

Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity is the principal charity of the Royal Navy. We exist to support sailors, marines and their families for life.

Beneficiaries lie at the heart of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity's purpose, it is our duty to remain focused on their needs. Since 2007, we have funded projects and facilities that boost morale for those who serve today. We also distribute millions of pounds annually to military charities which care for the children, families and veterans of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

If you would like to speak to a member of the team about how to access support please call 023 9387 1568 or use the contact button below.

SSAFA, The Armed Forces Charity

We Provide Help & Support For Our Armed Forces, Veterans & Their Families. Whatever challenges they're facing, members of the Armed Forces community can rely on SSAFA

Scotty's Little Soldiers

Scotty's Little Soldiers is a national charity dedicated to supporting children and young people who have lost a parent who served in the British Armed Forces.
Inspired by the experience of Army widow Nikki Scott, following the death of her husband Cpl Lee Scott in Afghanistan in 2009, the charity provides assistance to hundreds of bereaved British Forces children around the UK.

Support offered to the children includes access to professional bereavement counselling, fun activities such as holiday breaks and group events, gifts at important times of the year and personal development assistance through educational grants.

Our mission is to #HelpTheirChildrenSmile.

South Devon Parachute Regimental Association

We are open to all serving and ex-serving members of the Parachute Regiment, Airborne and Special Forces. We meet on the first Sunday of every month at the Torquay Athletic Rugby Football Club. A great way to maintain support, contact and information with friends and like minded people, not only for members but also their families.

The Association of Wrens

The Association of Wrens and Women of the Royal Naval Services, Charity No. 257040, was formed in 1920 under the guidance of Dame Katharine Furse and is affiliated to the Women’s Royal Naval Service Benevolent Trust (WRNSBT).

The Objects of the Association are to promote the fellowship of the women past and present who served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) and the Royal Navy (RN) in the following ways by:

Celebrating past achievements, preserving the history and traditions, fostering esprit- de-corps and comradeship and encouraging personnel to benefit from the experience of former members of said Services, both WRNS and RN, by maintaining contact and binding together in practical friendship with each other.

The Eddystone Trust

The Eddystone Trust is an independent sexual health charity based in the South West, UK.

We challenge the stigma, discrimination and misinformation associated with HIV and sexual health. To do this we offer a range of services that includes non-judgemental advice, free testing and condoms, support for people living with HIV and training for anyone who wants to know more about sexual health.

The Poppy Factory

We continue to provide employment support to veterans with health conditions through these challenging times. For more information on our support during the coronavirus outbreak please visit the website.

We are proud winners of the 2019 Soldiering On Awards Healthcare and Rehabilitation category and the 2019 ERSA Employability Awards Disability and Health Employment category.

There are currently thousands of veterans with health conditions across England and Wales who need our support finding employment.

The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust

The RNBT Family comprises all those who are serving or have served as Warrant Officers and below in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines and their wives, husbands and dependent children. They can all turn to the RNBT when in need throughout their lives.

The RNBT makes thousands of grants each year to help members of the RNBT Family who are in difficulty and can provide financial assistance.

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