What is a veteran?
Veterans are defined as people who have spent a proportion of their life serving their country in the Armed Forces as a regular or reserve.
Why do we need a service for veterans?
People who have spent any length of time serving in the Forces have a unique set of skills and can have very different needs from someone who hasn't served. Time spent in such a unique environment can be on the whole a positive and rewarding experience with most people who leave feeling positive about their experience, however they may still find it difficult to adjust to civilian life.
Opportunities to socialise within the Armed Forces community can be vast and ex-military personnel often find it can be difficult when they aren't around their Army/ Navy/ Air force friends who have shared similar experiences when they leave. People also talk of feeling bored when leaving services as most of their time has been accounted for by either work or socialising.
During their time in the Armed Forces many didn't have to worry about paying bills, rent, shopping, etc and they may have had enough disposable income to be able to buy whatever they wanted. As a result Ex-military personnel or veterans can end up having money, family, addiction and legal difficulties and may find it helpful to talk about these problems to someone who has specialist skills and experience with working with people who have served in the Armed Forces.
North East - A Practical Guide For Working With Military Veterans
An invaluable resource for anyone whose work brings them into contact with veterans and the veteran community click here!
The Veterans’ Wellbeing Assessment and Liaison Service (VWALS)
12-month Evaluation Study
This report outlines findings from an evaluation study of the Veterans’ Wellbeing Assessment and Liaison Service (VWALS). The study was undertaken by the North of England Mental Health Development Unit (NEMHDU) from June to October 2013.
Support is available!
Here are some of the local and national oganisations which offer support to ex-military personnel, veterans and their families or carers:
FREE outdoor rehabilitation course for ex-military personnel
Our courses have been designed to work with individuals who have served in the British Armed Forces and who are currently receiving support and treatment for a mental health condition (example: PTSD, depression, anxiety).
Click here to access the full info!
British Legion (Area Welfare Office)
The Royal British Legion is the UK's leading Service charity. Providing practical care, advice and support to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families.
British Legion, 2 Merchant Court, Monkton Court, South Monkton Business Park, Hebburn, Tyne and Wear. NE31 2EX.
Tel 0191 495 9510.
Combat Stress (Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society)
Combat Stress delivers dedicated treatment and support to ex-Service men and women with conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety disorders. Our services are free of charge to the Veteran.
Combat Stree, Hollybush House, Hollybush by Ayr, Ayrshire, KA6 7EA.
Tel 01292 561355
Armed Forces Community Support in Gateshead
Have you or a family member previously served in the Armed Forces, or are currently serving in the regular or reserve forces? If so there is support available to you in Gateshead. Click here for further information
Medical Assessment Programme (MAP)
Veterans who have concerns about their mental health should seek a referral to the MAP via their GP or prison doctor. The purpose of the MAP is to assess, and attempt to understand, the physical and psychological difficulties experienced by ex-Service personnel resulting from operations: to provide advice to individuals and health professionals about the mental and physical health of veterans in their care and where possible, to provide diagnoses and management strategies for individuals and the medical and mental health professionals involved in their care.
GPs should write to:
Dr Ian Palmer, Head of Medical Assessment Programme, Baird Medical Centre - Gassiott House
St Thomas Hospital, Lambeth Palace Road, London. SE1 7EH
Freephone Helpline: 0800 169 5401
National Gulf Veterans and Families Association (NGVFA)
The NGVFA is an independent registered charity supporting those affected by Gulf War 1 and Gulf War 2 (Iraq), the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, and all future desert conflicts.
NGVFA, Building E, Office 8, Chamberlain Business Centre, Chamberlain Road, Hull. HU8 8HL
Tel: 0845 257 4853 (0845 257 GULF)
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NHS Mental Health Services
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
The trust has appointed a post to lead on veterans’ mental health practice development and to enhance staff capability within this arena. An understanding of military culture and the mental health issues some military veterans may face will enable staff throughout the Trust to help those who have served in the HM Armed Forces address any mental health difficulties they may have.
Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust. St Nicholas Hospital, Jubilee Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 3XT
Contact: Anna Burke
Tel: 08448 115522
Services include: supported housing, therapeutic interventions, employment advice and preparation, support for ex-offenders, support for drug and alcohol abuse, debt and financial advice. There is also a Family Link Worker available.
Contact: Phil Thompson, 87 Bentinck House Rd, Newcastle. NE4 6UX.
Tel : 0191 597 9028
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
North East Veterans
www.northeastveterans.net has a full and detailed Directory of Services for Veterans and their families by enabling them to access the support they need.
The Directory of Services contains information about and links to a wide range of agencies and organisations that can help with anything from debt to employment, from homelessness to family problems, or from health to addiction.
For many people, looking after a home can be a source of frustration and difficulty. Even dealing with minor chores such as changing a light bulb or fixing a broken lock can prove to be a real struggle
Poppy Calls provides a free dedicated handy person service for those who are unable to carry out small repairs and minor alterations to their homes.
We carry out a range of small household repairs and minor adaptations, such as putting up shelves & curtain rails, new washers in dripping taps, handrails & grab rails, fitting security items such as door chains & window locks, and installing and testing smoke detectors.
To be eligible for help, you must have served in the Armed Forces, or be the dependant of someone who has served; this includes widows and widowers, and be in receipt of a means Tested Benefit or Tax Credit. All calls are treated in the strictest confidence, each call will be considered carefully.
If you think we can help you, or you would like more information about the Poppy Calls Service, please call us on:
0800 032 0306 Or Email: email@example.com
Armed Forces and Veterans Services
A service to support Armed Forces veterans into sustainable careers is being launched by Remploy, the UK’s leading provider of specialist employment services for disabled and disadvantaged people. The Armed Forces & Veterans service will also target wounded, injured and sick service leavers as well as disabled veterans and provide them with a range of specialist employment services.
The service is delivered by specially trained ‘Armed Forces Champions’ at Remploy’s nationwide network of 66 town and city centre employment services branches and offices. Our Armed Forces Champions are highly trained and experienced in identifying transferable skills and tackling the specific barriers veterans and wounded, injured and sick service leavers face when looking for a sustainable career.
Remploy was established at the end of the Second World War to provide jobs for military personnel injured in the conflict. In the past decade it has built a successful specialist recruitment services business which last year found more than 20,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with disabilities and health conditions. The organisation partners with more than 2,500 of the country’s biggest employers in delivering the Government’s Workchoice welfare to work programme.
You may fine these publications useful:
For further information visit their website: www.remploy.co.uk/veterans
Remploy - Support for Blind Veterans
New partnership signed to support blind veterans
Remploy and Blind Veterans UK have signed a new partnership agreement, aimed
at increasing the numbers of visually impaired ex-Service personnel in civilian employment.
We will be working with the national charity to provide access to a broad range of our services across the UK.
Barry Porter, Director of Welfare Services for Blind Veterans UK, said the agreement would “underpin a key partnership in working to ensure that blind and visually impaired ex-servicemen and women have access to the training and support required to enable them to pursue vocational and employment opportunities’.
Click here to see the full press release.
Reserves Mental Health Programme (RMHP)
Open to anyone who has seen active service as a volunteer or reservist since January 1 2003, is now demobilised, and has mental health problems that might be linked to service on operations. Self referral or GP referrals.
Tel: 0800 0326 258
SSAFA Forces Help Office
Have been helping our Armed Forces and their families for over 125 years, and in this time we have continuously responded to the needs of our service personnel, veterans and their families. Today, our volunteers, staff, and supporters help us to improve the lives of hundreds of people, every single day.
SSAFA Sunderland and Northumberland Office, MEA House, Ellison Place, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tel: (0191) 232 6218,
Office Hours: Mon - Fri, 10.00am - 3.30pm
The Veterans’ Wellbeing Assessment and Liaison Service (VWALS)
A new mental health and wellbeing service to support veterans and their families in the north east. For more information click here!
There are many other housing charities working with Veterans and mental health charities run by Veterans and for Veterans.
Click here to access the North East Veteran's Service Directory to access their contact details or see below.
Click here to access The Housing Act 1996 (Additional Preference for Armed Forces) (England) Regulations 2012