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Supporting Veterans of the Armed Forces

Nottingham has a proud history of support for the Armed Forces and the men and women from the city who have served their country.

In recent years, Nottingham has hosted the national Armed Forces Day event, one of the biggest and best ever and, along with Nottinghamshire County Council, became one of the first councils to sign an Armed Forces Community Covenant pledging practical help for local military communities.

More information on the Armed Forces Community Covenant and its impact can be found here.

This page provides links to the support available nationally and locally for Armed Forces veterans.

National

Veterans UK

Veterans’ Gateway is a first point of contact for veterans seeking support. It is made up of a consortium of organisations and Armed Forces charities, including The Royal British Legion, SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, Poppy Scotland, Combat Stress and Connect Assist.

Many of the team are veterans themselves so they understand the issues that people face after leaving the Armed Forces. They work with people on a one-to-one basis, connecting them with the right support as soon as possible.

The Veterans UK pages of the GOV.UK website provide a range of useful information including:

Veterans UK can be contacted by phone on 0808 191 4218.

They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to put you in touch with the help you need, or direct you to the information you are looking for.

Alternatively, email at veterans-uk@mod.uk

British Legion

The British Legion provides information, advice and guidance to help the Armed Forces community find and access the support they need. They help members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, Reservists, veterans and their families all year round.

The British Legion website provides support for veterans or those currently serving through:

British Legion can be contacted phone on 0808 802 8080, available 8am to 8pm, all week.

Nottingham Based

Red Rose Housing

Red Rose Housing is a Nottingham based charity that is dedicated to helping vulnerable veterans.  They are a specialist housing provider determined to helping the homeless and also promoting opportunities for vulnerable and excluded people to help change the direction of their lives.

They also provide support and legal guidance for those in need of assistance, including:

  • Training in illegal money lending
  • Financial Abuse from scam emails and letters directed at vulnerable people
  • Adult safe guarding and safe guarding children
  • Domestic Violence
  • Tenancy Issues
  • Housing Disrepair

Red Rose Housing can be contacted by phone on 0115 964 8334

Forces in the Community

Forces in the Community is a local charity committed to supporting ex-service personnel through  employment guidance, housing advice, mental health support and provides a supportive environment in which to develop. The charity supports the clients and their families, who are often disadvantaged and at a point of crisis in their lives.

Their primary focus is helping clients to gain employment. We identify transferable skills, 'civilianise' military language, provide CV writing advice and interview guidance, liaise with employers and provide job search support.

The Forces in the Community drop-in centre is located at 2 Cross Street, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2NX. The centre is open 5 days a week and is mainly by volunteers, all of whom have some connection to the military.

They can also be reached by phone on 0115 922 0320

Or through email at info@forces.org.uk

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