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Veteran Information & Support

ARMED FORCES COVENANT and what it means for You...

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Veteran


Here to Help

What SUNNY MEED has done and is doing to help improve the health of our veterans:

  • Appointed a champion for veteran's health.
  • Highlighted the coding of veterans in medical records to improve identification during consultations and have implemented the Armed Forces Covenant.
  • Run a surgery campaign to increase recognition of veterans.
  • Ensured that veterans that require referral are highlighted to hospital services in letters.
  • Provided accessible and flexible appointments that can be booked online, on the phone or in the surgery at all times of the day.
  • A veterans questionnaire will been handed out to veterans to try and get their views on the surgery and identify their specific needs.
  • Trained all staff about the Armed Forces Covenant and ensured that they are aware of signposting to specific support organisations.
  • Improved our website links to meet the specific needs of veterans registered.
  • Featured Veteran support in our June 2017 Newsletter.


What financial help is available?

Veterans, people serving in the Armed Forces and their dependants have a range of financial help available to help them. This can include:

citizens advice


VETERAN SUPPORT is available through:

 WOKING Armed Forces Community drop in sessions:

Reservists

A new Armed Forces drop in session has begun in Woking for British Armed forces veterans and reservists.

Every fourth Thursday each month from 10am–1pm at:

Woking Football Club
The Laithwaite Community Stadium
Woking
Surrey GU22 9AA

You don’t have to book - just turn up!

If you require any additional assistance, or for directions, please feel free to contact us.
telephone: 0808 801 0325 website: www.firststeps-surrey.nhs.uk/serves email: vcl-serves@nhs.net

This free drop-in is an opportunity to:

  • meet up with other veterans and reservists for brews and banter
  • chat or be signposted to representatives from service charities and
    other support organisations (employment, education, housing,
    finances, legal, substance misuse and mental health)
  • enjoy some fun activities with others
  • listen to talks from helpful agencies that can provide support as
    well as offer engagement and volunteering opportunities

 


 

Veteran Outreach Support

Drop-In:

First Wednesday of every month 

2pm to 6pm 

Royal Maritime Club, Portsmouth

We provide a welcoming and relaxed place providing social support and access to a range of welfare and mental health services.

As well as monthly Drop-In meeting we have weekly mental health therapies for former members of the British Armed Forces and Reserves and their direct family members, including the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Merchant Navy.


Help for Heroes

Support offered includes:

  • recovery programme
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • welfare and financial support
  • career recovery
  • sports & hobbies
  • beneficiary support network

ssafa

helpline 0800 731 4880

Our trained volunteers can provide practical and emotional support if and when you need it.

Our network of local branches means that help and advice is always close at hand. When you contact us for support we will put you in touch with one of our experienced advisors in your area.

Support offered includes:

  • housing
  • debt
  • help with mobility
  • buying household goods
  • mentoring
  • dealing with PTSD & military mental illness
  • armed forces transition
  • support for loss of a loved one
  • help for homeless veterans
  • support for offenders and exoffenders
  • residential housing

 

 

 


Combat Stress

24 hour helpline: 0800 138 1619

Right now, we're helping almost 6,000 UK Veterans get their lives back.  If you are suffering mental ill-health caused by military service, we can help you too.

We are the leading Veterans' mental health charity in the UK providing treatment for ex-Service personnel suffering with mental ill-health including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. It doesn't matter how young or old you are, where you Served, or whether you saw combat - we may be able to help. If you are the loved one or carer of an ex-Service man or woman, there's support for you too. 


SELF HELP support network for family members of physically or emotionally injured veterans:

The Ripple Pond

Blind Veterans UK

Blind Veterans UK believe that no one who has served our country should battle blindness alone

We offer free person-centred services, with tailored practical and emotional support provided by qualified welfare and nursing staff.

If you know a patient who served our country and is now battling blindness, refer them to Blind Veterans UK for free, lifelong help and support.


EMPLOYMENT:

RFEA - veterans

VETS


 

ARMED FORCES calendar

ARMED FORCES CALENDAR


PLEASE LET US KNOW if you have EVER served in the armed forces so that we can update your clinical records.

Please ask any member of staff if you need additional support or signposting



 
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