Welfare

The serving military have a range of welfare services they can access, most units have a dedicated welfare and community support team which oftenlinks intopublic sector statutory services and military welfare and community charities.

  • Suffolk County Council - Social Services: Customer First is the initial point of contact for social services in Suffolk.  They can be contacted: Free Telephone: 0808 800 4005 (weekdays from 8am-18.45pm) or Email customer.first@suffolk.gov.uk

  • Veterans’ Gateway.  There is a huge network of organisations supporting the Armed Forces community, so finding the right one for your needs can be tricky.  Veterans’ Gateway make it quick and easy by being your first point of contact for whatever support you need, whether you are based in the UK or abroad.  Many of our 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. Visit our website: https://www.veteransgateway.org.uk/

  • Veterans UK. Served in the UK Armed Forces? For free help or advice call our helpline: 0808 1914 218 or website: http://www.veterans-uk.info/

  • SSAFA - The Armed Forces charity.  At SSAFA we provide lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force. We are here for you and your family, whenever and wherever you need us. Forcesline is our free and confidential telephone helpline (0800 731 4880) and Live Chat service (click for website)

  • The Royal British Legion.  If you have served in the UK Armed Forces, or are the dependant of someone who has served, our services are available to help you.  We support the whole Armed Forces Family including those currently serving.  Our telephone helpline (0808 802 8080) is open to everyone, 8am - 8pm, 7 days a week and Live Chat service.  (click for website)

  • Blind Veterans UK helps ex-Service men and women of every generation rebuild their lives after sight loss. Since 1915 we’ve provided rehabilitation, training, practical advice and emotional support to tens of thousands of blind veterans.,  Many of the blind veterans we support suffer from social isolation. Visit our website: https://www.blindveterans.org.uk/

  • BLESMA - The Limbless Veterans charity.  If you have served in the British Armed Forces and have suffered life changing injury, either during or after your service you may be eligible for Blesma Membership.  Blesma has a commitment to help limbness veterans live independent and fulfilling lives after suffering the loss of limbs, use of limbs, sight, speech or hearing. Blesma works tirelessly to provide practical, emotional and financial support to injured veterans and their families and widows as they rebuild their lives.  Visit our website: https://blesma.org/

For advice and support for local Health and Wellbeing support services please visit the webpage above.