Supporting the Armed Forces Community

We have found the advice and guidance available to service personnel and service leavers somewhat fragmented.  A lot of service personnel and leavers we have dealt with have experienced difficulty in accessing funding, accessing training opportunities, and finding employment opportunities.  In addition to service personnel, are their families, who are often overlooked and may not have had the opportunities to develop skills required in the civilian workforce.

At LCP, we have tried to alleviate some of the time and effort these individuals have faced by signposting a list of organisations and their contact information below.  This is in no way comprehensive and we will be constantly adding to these should we discover other pathways that can aid your transition. Feel free to read our blogs compiled by ex-service personnel who may have been in similar situations to yourself.

If you feel LCP could assist you please contact us on our contacts page, even if we can’t help you initially, we may be able to signpost you in the right direction.

CTP Future Horizons has been developed in response to the recognition and commitment from The Ministry of Defence, to improve resettlement provision to Early Service Leavers (ESLs). The programme is open to ESLs across all the services, regardless of how long you have served or the reasons you have for leaving.

Darren Bickerstaffe

Tel: 07428 705 770
Programme Manager

Web: www.ctp.org.uk/futurehorizons
Email: DBickerstaffe@futurehorizons.uk.com

3rd line tier of resettlement is CTP if completed 4 years service (ESP) 6 years (FRP)

St Aidans Road, Catterick Garrison,
North Yorkshire.  DL9 3AY

Tel: 01748 872922

Mil. Tel: 94731 2930

Web: www.ctp.org.uk
Email: rrccatterick@ctp.org.uk

RFEA provides Ex-Forces jobs and career advice and Access to job opportunities from employers who value ex military recruitment.  In addition to this they provide advice and guidance for civilian spouses and partners of serving Armed Forces and ex-service personnel.

Tel: 0845 873 7165

Tel: 0121 236 0058

Web: www.rfea.org.uk

The Officers’ Association works with both serving and former officers and reservists from across the Armed Forces and their families. 

For officers:

  • One-to-one careers consultations
  • Executive jobs board for officers
  • Workshops and webinars
  • Networking events
  • Professional development

For officers and their dependants:

  • Advice on Statutory Benefits and Adult Social Care
  • Annual Allowance
  • One-off payments for specific household or disability items
  • Grants towards care at home
  • Care home top-up fees
  • Help with legal questions

Tel: 020 7808 4160

Tel: (Benevolence) 0845 873 7153

Web: www.officersassociation.org.uk

Currently Serving

SSAFA understand that life in the Forces is unique, so occasionally you or your family might need a helping hand. They’re here to provide practical and emotional support to anyone who is currently serving in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army or the Royal Air Force (regulars and reserves) and their families when they need it most.

Veterans

SSAFA provides lifelong support for veterans and their families. So if you’ve ever served in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army or the Royal Air Force, they’re here for you and your family when you need help, for life. This applies for both Regulars and Reserves.

Families

For partners and families in the military community, such as Army spouses, SSAFA understand that sometimes service life can be tough. SSAFA is here to give you and your family an extra helping hand.  Their specially trained volunteers are on bases and stations around the world. Find out more about how they can support you and your children.

T: 0800 731 4880

Web: www.ssafa.org.uk

The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community – serving men and women, veterans, and their families.

Web: www.britishlegion.org.uk

Civvy Street is the Royal British Legion’s employment service. They can assist serving and ex-Service personnel and their families prepare for employment to succeed in civilian life.

From job seeking support to obtaining qualifications and grants, Civvy Street is a resource for all in the Armed Forces community who are looking to kick-start or build their careers and gain financial independence.

Web: www.civvystreet.org.uk

SORTED! will focus on you if you are actively seeking employment and provide information, advice and guidance to make your employment journey easier and more effective.

Web: www.sorted.org.uk

Based in Scotland, Poppy Scotland have offices across the country with the head office based in Edinburgh.  As well as providing Employment support grants to help you re-train or upskill; Poppyscotland offers employability initiatives to provide the support and tools needed to help veterans facing additional barriers such as poor mental health, or physical disabilities, to sustain and maintain employment.

Web: www.poppyscotland.org.uk

The Benevolent funds exist to support people who have served.  Each of the Tri-service have their own benevolent fund and can be found below:

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity

Building 29,
HMS EXCELLENT, Whale Island, PORTSMOUTH, Hampshire. PO2 8ER

Tel: 023 9254 8128
Email: theteam@rnrmc.org.uk Web: www.rnrmc.org.uk

RAF Benevolent Fund

RAF Benevolent Fund, 67 Portland Place, London. W1B 1AR

Tel: 0800 169 2942 Web: www.rafbf.org

National Office

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Mountbarrow House, 6-20 Elizabeth Street, LONDON. SW1W 9RB

Tel: 020 7901 8900
Email: info@soldierscharity.org Web: www.soldierscharity.org

Developed in conjunction with The Royal Foundation and Walking With The Wounded, Step into Health provides a dedicated pathway for the Armed Forces community to access the numerous career opportunities available in the NHS.