Veterans’ Gateway – The first point of contact for veterans seeking support. They put veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more. They 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 their 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.
Veterans’ Gateway is made up of a consortium of organisations and Armed Forces charities, including The Royal British Legion, SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, Poppyscotland, Combat Stress and Connect Assist.
Tel. 0808 802 1212 Text. 81212 www.veteransgateway.org.uk
Sussex Armed Forces Network – (SAFN) is a multi-organisational group which includes members from the NHS, MoD, Armed Forces Reservists, Mental and Physical Health Clinicians, the Royal British Legion, SSAFA and other interested charities and organisations from across Sussex (i.e. police and local authorities). The members work together to improve the lives of the armed forces community (ex and serving personnel and their immediate families). The network also includes champions from a wide range of the organisations across Sussex who are advocates for the armed forces community and have the skills and knowledge to support through direct service provision, linking with other organisations or signposting to where additional support could be received.
Pathways – Joining Forces Training were successful in their bid to develop and understand specific pathways and services in Sussex for the Armed Forces Community. Their focus is on homelessness, housing, physical health, mental health, education and training, employment, social Care. Full details of the pathways can be viewed on the Sussex Armed Forces Network Pathways page of their website.
The Sussex Armed Forces Network is linked with the following organisations who can provide support/advice as required.
w: www.britishlegion.org.uk, t: 0808 802 8080 (0800-2000)
w: www.ssafa.org.uk, t: 0800 169 9060 (1030-1930)
w: www.blindvterans.org.uk, t: 0800 389 7979 (0900-1700)
w: www.combatstress.org.uk, t: 0800 138 1619 (24 hour)
Veteran UK Helpline – t: 0808 1914 218 (0730-1830 (Mon to Thurs) 0730-1700 (Fri))
Champions – the Champions in Sussex are there to try and embed a wealth of knowledge in local organisations about the Armed Forces. Their role is to support both clients and staff who are part of the Armed Forces Community. They are individuals who champion for the armed forces community within their organisation. Through training and development they understand the culture of the armed forces community and use this to design their services.
There are nearly 150 trained Champions within Sussex and the training provided for the individuals helps them to better understand how to engage with the Armed Forces Community, understand how they can support their organisation to help this group, understand how they can gain support from other services/charities, reinforcing the integration between communities.
A resource pack is given to each individual to use when they return to their organisation. The resource pack is updated as when and when required in line with changes to services and facilities. There is also a network of champions who can support each other and share best practice.
The following organisations locally in Sussex have a trained Champion: Care for the Carers (East Sussex), CRI (Crime Reduction Initiative), Department of Work and Pensions, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Horder Healthcare, Livability SE, Surrey Sussex Kent Probation Service, Sussex Community NHS Trust, Sussex Partnership Foundation NHS Trust, Sussex Police. www.sussexarmedforcesnetwork.nhs.uk
t: 01273 403693
Royal Air Forces Association – offer assessements and trained volunteers to befriend veterans, make sure they have access to appropriate services and prevent loniliness and isolation. To volunteer or benefit from the scheme call 0800 0182 361 or visit www.rafa.org.uk
Laurie Wilkinson – local poet who publishes book of poetry and sells them to raise money for Help The Heroes. He can also write you a bespoke poem for any occasion!
t: 07967 355236, e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook: The Psychy Poet Laurie Wilkinson
Help For Heroes – a charity that supports veterans who have an illness or injury due to their service. t: 01980 846459, To get help email: email@example.com
If you want to volunteer email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Heroes Welcome – a website which shows organisational support for British Armed Forces Personnel and indicates a warm welcome, service up-grade, special acknowledgement or even a little discount as appropriate www.heroeswelcome.co.uk
Eastbourne Veterans Breakfast Club – a club run by veterans & serving members of Her Majesties Armed Forces, & like other Veteran’s Breakfast Clubs around the country, & overseas, their ethos is mutual support; it works because they all have a similar humour & outlook, & the social life they now enjoy is like their service days. All services veterans (If you can cope with the banter) will be made welcome! The first sunday of the month at 0930hrs, The Toby Carvery t: 07843 089870,
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