Based in Dudley, Newcastle, Forward Assist provide support and guidance to former servicemen and women who experience difficulties in adjusting to life as a civilian. From weekly drop-ins at their Cramlington centre, giving veterans access to housing, healthcare and financial support, to conducting rigorous research into the lived experience of women veterans in the UK, the charity offers a wide breadth of services to make a lasting impact.
To find out more about fundraising, visit www.forward-assist.com
John Willie Sams Centre, Market Street, Dudley, Northumberland NE23 7HS
0191 250 4877
Veterans at Ease
Founded in 2010 by a former soldier who had suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 14 years after returning from war, Veterans at Ease helps veterans, reservists, serving military personnel and their families deal with the devastating effects of PTSD. Their Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy sessions – which work on constructing new ways of thinking – have successfully helped over 300 veterans in the past nine years, and their two charity shops offer an abundance of useful information.
You can donate online at www.veteransatease.org, or donate unwanted goods to their two shops:
11 Jackson Street, Gateshead NE8 1EE
0191 478 3273
271–275 Whitley Road,Whitley Bay NE26 2SS
0191 251 7718
Sporting Force is an award-winning veterans' charity which provides support to the Armed Forces community through professional sports. Founded in 2015 by Tommy Lowther (ex-forces and ex-police force PTSD sufferer), the charity works with football and rugby clubs across the UK to give ex-service personnel who have been wounded, injured or become sick during their service the opportunity to get a job in professional sport, or to simply participate in sport.
To find out more about donations, volunteering and fundraising, visit www.sportingforce.org
11 High Row, Darlington DL3 7QQ
0800 050 9502
FirstLight Trust is a national charity helping UK Armed Forces members get back on their feet and reintegrate into society. Through a growing network of café hubs across the North East and Yorkshire, the charity supports veterans and their families in their communities by providing a safe, relaxing space to meet other people in that position, as well as offering special one-to-one support with housing, rehabilitation for drug and alcohol problems and employment.
Visit their community hubs at 1–3 High Street, Hawick TD9 9BZ; 13 West Terrace, Redcar TS10 1DS; 64 Newborough, Scarborough YO11 1ET, or donate online at www.firstlighttrust.co.uk
Help 4 Homeless Veterans
Since its creation over 10 years ago, this charity has helped around 500 veterans secure longterm housing within Barnsley and Doncaster through its ever-growing property portfolio, as well as working with private landlords to provide temporary accommodation across the UK. Help 4 Homeless Veterans’ work received Royal recognition last year, as Prince Andrew presented them with the Duke of York Community Initiative Award – a landmark moment for the charity.
To find out more, visit www.help4homelessveterans.org
105 Grange Road, Royston, Barnsley S71 4LG
The National Gulf Veterans & Families Association
Set up in 1999 following the First Gulf War, NGVFA offer a wide range of services aimed at improving the lives of all veterans and their families. From an annual five-day respite break including workshops and entertainment, to a freephone number providing round-the-clock advice on a wide range of issues, the charity has built an enviable reputation for its ongoing support of veterans – not only in Yorkshire but across the country.
To make a donation, help with fundraising or to simply find out more, visit www.ngvfa.org.uk
Office 8 Building E, Chamberlain Business Centre, Chamberlain Road, Hull HU8 8HL
0845 257 4853