Fareham has the third highest proportion of households with at least one veteran (ONS Census 2021 ) across England and Wales. There is some excellent, specialist support available for Veterans and Armed Forces Personnel to support the individual needs.
After the Military offers professional career and transition services for ex-Forces personnel, their spouses, partners and family members. Their programmes have been designed after wide consultation with ex-Forces personnel, using the latest research into what makes for a successful transition from military life. This paid-for consultancy service is tailored to the individual's particular situation.
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has a dedicated and passionate Armed Forces Champion that covers Fareham and the Solent region. Natasha Ridgway is committed to helping serving personnel to top-up their earnings with Universal Credit (where eligible) as well as supporting veterans with their next steps, whatever they may be. Natasha can be contacted by email on Natasha.Ridgway@dwp.gov.uk and will be happy to help.
Royal British Legion supports serving and ex-serving personnel all year round, every day of the week. Their support starts after one day of service and continues through life, long after service is over. Areas of support include Care and Independent Living; Physical and Mental Wellbeing; Financial and Employment Support; Local Community Connections; Expert Guidance; Veterans Gateway; Overseas Support.
Veterans' Gateway provides information and support for veterans and their families. They are the first point of contact for you and your loved ones. Contact them 24/7 for help across housing, mental wellbeing, finances and more. And they can also refer you directly to their referral partners. Click on the link to get in touch with their friendly helpline team by phone, chat, text, and email.
The VOS Mission Statement is, 'To meet the welfare, wellbeing and mental health needs of veterans', including spouses, partners and carers. The charity's HQ and main delivery venue is the Royal Maritime Club in Portsmouth – a familiar, safe and welcoming place for veterans.
The Portsmouth Drop-In Service is a welcoming and relaxed place for UK veterans and their direct family members to come for confidential welfare or psychological support or simply to meet for a sociable chat. You do not need to make an appointment – just drop-in!
SSAFA support covers both regulars and reserves in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army and the Royal Air Force and their families, including anyone who has completed National Service. They know and understand the unique demands of service life, whether in the UK or overseas, and in times of need, they help to enable the Forces family to thrive.
Help for Heroes supports members of the Armed Forces community with their physical and mental health and a range of welfare issues. If you are in pain, feel anxious, stressed or lonely, have money trouble, need support with housing or applying for benefits, or just need a listening ear, they can help.
Naval Families Federation is a totally confidential service. They understand the challenges of Navy life but aren't a formal part of the Naval Service. Whether you need help with schools, where you live or work, your finances, your future, a posting overseas, relationships or your health, their concern is always for you, the Naval Service family.
For more than 100 years, the RAF Benevolent Fund has been supporting members of our RAF Family through thick and thin providing practical, emotional, and financial support whenever they need us.
DBS UK Armed Forces & Veterans Portal provides compensation, pension and welfare support to serving personnel and veterans and facilitates access to appropriate support from other government departments, local authorities, independent bodies and the charity sector.