Armed forces support

There are local and national organisations dedicated to offering support to the Armed Forces.

Information on local organisations, national organisations with local representation and national organisations can be found on this page.

Local/national organisations


Local organisation - Thorney Island

Thorney Island

The HIVE information service manages Blogs for service leavers and veterans and includes information about employment opportunities, accommodation (military and civilian options), resettlement courses and housing briefings.

The service supports soldiers still serving and going through transition, assistance is also available for Foreign and Commonwealth soldiers and families requiring Visa's or wanting to apply for citizenship before leaving the forces. This service can signpost veterans to specific support services. 12 Regiment RA and 16 Regiment RA have Regimental Career Movement Officers who deal with the soldiers’ resettlement when leaving the Forces.

Areas covered include; Thorney Island/Emsworth and Marchwood/Southampton but any service personnel can contact this service for help and support and will be referred if necessary. The Gosport, Fareham and Portsmouth areas are covered by the Royal Navy Welfare Team.

A FREE course is available to spouses on Thorney Island with Lifeworks who also run veterans’ courses:

Contact: Amanda Steed-Hawkins, Thorney Island HIVE Information Support Officer

Thorney Island HIVE l The Community Centre/Hub, Baker Barracks l Thorney Island l Emsworth l PO10 8DH
Tel: 01243 388308



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Local organisation - Veterans Outreach Service

The Veterans Outreach Service (based at the Maritime Club, Portsmouth)

A combination of public, private and charity sectors offering one-stop assistance pro bono to Armed Forces veterans, merchant navy in hostilities and their families needing help following military service. This includes legal, housing, financial, employment help and mental health support from psychiatrists, psychologists and  counsellors. Agencies include The Royal British Legion (TRBL), SSAFA, Combat Stress and a mix of locally based charities.

Support offered includes:
1.    A monthly drop-in centre at the Royal Maritime Club (RMC), Portsmouth to support Veterans or associated family members who are suffering or needing help.
2.    A one-stop shop covering advice on legal, housing, financial, employment and other general issues.
3.    Mental health support and psychological interventions including counselling and therapy.
4.    Signposting for veterans and associated family members towards further courses of treatment as required.
5.    Other support offered - Welfare Assistance, Emotional Support, Employment Advice, Legal Advice, Family Support, Social Support, and Chaplain

Contact: Kath Hutton
Rodney Block, HMS Nelson

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Local organisation - Solent Local Enterprise partnership (LEP)

Solent Local Enterprise partnership (LEP)

A locally-owned partnership between businesses and local authorities playing a central role in determining local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and the creation of local jobs.

This service provides veterans, families and spouses with grant funding to start their own business or grow an existing business.

There is a £250,000 grant funding competition for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and new start ups linked to the armed forces community in the Solent. The Solent LEP are offering one-to-one opportunities to discuss project proposals with individuals interested in applying to the fund.

Contact: Lakeside North Harbour, Portsmouth
Email address -

Briony Biddle, Policy, Communications and Events Officer, email address

National organisations with local representation - Veterans Welfare Service

Veterans Welfare Service

This service enhances the quality of life for veterans and beneficiaries of Veterans UK and includes pensions, compensation schemes, and all their dependents, the service enables the seamless transition from service to civilian life, assist bereaved families or respond to life events that present welfare needs. Veterans Welfare Service caseworkers offer one to one professional help and guidance by telephone or home visit.

Under Veterans UK, the VWS works in partnership with the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, ex-service charities, statutory and non-statutory bodies, local community service providers and the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees to deliver a quality welfare service that promotes independence, maintains dignity and provides continuous support through life.

Contact: Centurion (London, SE and SW England)
(Portsmouth area contact number 02392 702232)

Email:, Freephone (UK only) 0808 1914 218

National organisations with local representation - Careers Transition Partnership (CTP)

Careers Transition Partnership (CTP)

Careers Transition Partnership (CTP) is the main service providing support for those transitioning re employment and training, the local resettlement centre is based at HMS Nelson, Portsmouth.

CTP Future Horizon – offers support for Veterans across all services that have served for 4 years or less (delivered by the RFEA, The Forces Employment Charity with the support of the CTP).

CTP Assist - offers individualised and inspirational support in order to empower Wounded, Injured and Sick Service personnel

Levels of support offered:

If you have been with the services 6 years or more you will be offered:

  • A Careers Transition workshop (CTW) - 3 day workshop and includes marketing skills, CV writing and interview techniques.
  • Self Employment Awareness - the one day Self-Employment Awareness Workshop is operated by X-Forces on behalf of the Career Transition Partnership. The aim of the day is to explore self-employment as an option for resettlement and to look at what you need to consider if you want to explore this further.
  • Follow on workshops include – interview techniques, a one-day workshop which uses role-playing to build on the techniques learned in the CTW and management consultancy - this workshop looks at what’s needed to become a successful manager or technical consultant, whether employed or self-employed
  • Focus @ 4 - This workshop is designed for Service leavers who are within the last four months prior to their discharge date and is a refresher of the topics that were covered in the Career Transition Workshop (CTW) that you would have undertaken earlier in your resettlement.
  • Individual career advice - As part of our Full Support Programme, you’ll be allocated a personal Career Consultant, who will be accessible throughout your resettlement. They will work with you to develop a Personal Resettlement Plan (PRP) - a timetable of actions designed to help you find a job or develop a career.
  • CTP RightJob is the CTP’s online job finding service, listing thousands of live vacancies for Service leavers from local, national and international employers. We work with hundreds of organisations who recognise the benefits of recruiting from the ex-military talent pool, and value the experience and strong working ethos Service leavers bring with them.
  • Career Advice and Guidance - you can seek assistance and advice from your Career Consultant for up to two years after your discharge date. You can contact them by phone, email, or in person, whether it is to discuss a job application, get feedback on your CV, or simply to review your career direction. You are also able to attend CTP Employment Fairs.
  • Job Finding Assistance For Life - Job finding assistance and access to RightJob is available through the RFEA Employment Compass Programme (ECP), a national employment support programme designed to address the employment needs of Veteran personnel who no longer qualify for MOD Resettlement support and are returning to the employment market after 2 years post discharge from service. The RFEA’s aim is to assist Veterans to secure quality, sustainable employment for the rest of their working life. RFEA has an unparalleled understanding of the skills and ambitions that ex-forces/Veterans bring to the employment market. We also have a proven track record of helping all ranks, trades, backgrounds and services to find and remain in work. Indeed, in 2014 RFEA provided employment support to just over 4,000 Veterans UK wide.

If you have served 4 -6 years:

  • You're eligible for the  Employment Support Programme from six months prior to discharge until two years after you have left.
  • CTP Rightjob
  • Employment events - Employment Fairs, Live Online Chat Events and Company Recruitment Presentations are a great way of meeting potential employers and finding out about different career paths. They’re held at venues around the UK and in Germany.
  • Job finding assistance for life (as above)

Less than 4 years:

Veterans are eligible for resettlement support through CTP Future Horizons who will assist you in finding suitable employment or training when you leave the Services. Through their network of partners, link you with the most appropriate level of support required to help with the transition from the military to civilian life. The programme will also help you identify the skills you need to achieve your new career, and will help you access relevant educational and developmental courses to support you in your job search. You’ll receive an extended one-off consultation with one of our Employment Advisors, prior to discharge. Together, you’ll undertake a full assessment of your needs and create a plan to overcome any barriers to work and to ensure you are ‘job ready’. The consultation will also include advice on housing, social benefits, Service charities and a review of available training, development and education courses. You will receive a personalised service to meet your needs, and we will provide any referrals to appropriate providers for additional support.

Medical discharge (Wounded, injured or sick):

  • Full support programme that includes training, workshops and employment support.
  • CTP Assist offers specialist extra support to those who face the greatest barriers to employment. Employment support can take a variety of forms such as familiarisation visits, coaching and mentoring, training, apprenticeships and Recovery Placements (work attachments), as well as job offers. Recovery Placements are designed to provide Service personnel recovering from injury or illness with temporary placements with industry partners, as part of a preparation for return to duty or to ease transition to civilian life in the event of a medical discharge.

Contact: Stephanie Carrothers (CTP) email address -


National organisations with local representation - RFEA (Royal Forces Employment Charity)

RFEA (Royal Forces Employment Charity)

The Forces Employment charity providing lifelong job finding, the type of support depends on the length of service and reasons for discharge. This service sources job opportunities for all ranks, trades and backgrounds, including reservists, early service leavers, the wounded and dependants. Further information can be located in the CTP section above.

Contact: Karen Carroll Head of Marketing Communication and Events - Covers the Havant area


National organisations with local representation - ABF (The Soldiers Charity)

ABF (The Soldiers Charity)

This service has been the national charity of the British Army since 1944, they offer a lifetime of support to soldiers and former soldiers from the British Army and their immediate families when needed. Grants are made to individuals through their Regiments and Corps and they support a wide range of specialist charities that sustain the British Army ‘family’, both at home and around the world.

Education and Training:

Grants are available to provide equipment, courses and travel costs for those discharged from the Army on medical grounds and who are now looking for a new career path. This retraining covers practical courses i.e. HGV licences or vocational training i.e. Nursing.


This service works closely with local and national employers to source insight days, industry mentors, interview and CV skills and work placements to ensure that these soldiers were prepared for, and had the best chance of, securing a new civilian career. Support is also given to army families, the elderly veterans and their immediate families and also in the areas of housing, mobility and wellbeing.




National organisations - Help For Heroes

Help For Heroes

Help for Heroes support our Wounded, Injured and Sick (injuries gained in service, or that are service attributable, both physical and mental). Our service is available to WIS veterans and to some degree their immediate family for life. The nearest Recovery centre is Wiltshire/Plymouth.

There are a number of service providers and charities that support veterans transitioning out of the forces.  During your resettlement process you  will have been given guidance and supported by the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), who in conjunction with other parties offer information on all sorts of areas from Housing and Benefits, through to Employment and Debt Management.  CTP should be the first port of call for any veteran, who left the services in the last 2 years; longer than this, and they fall ‘out of contract’ and then become reliant on the various service charities.



National organisations - Civvy Street


CivvyStreet aims to provide support and mentoring for all those recently leaving, or about to leave, the forces who are looking for employment opportunities and a chance to redeploy the skills learned while serving.

CivvyStreet is available for anyone who has served in the UK Armed Services (regular or reserves),  their widows, widowers, partners and dependants. Anyone with an Armed Services connection can apply to become a registered and approved member of CivvyStreet. Membership is validated against Armed Services number and branch.



National organisations - SORTED!


SORTED! comprises seven well established charities, who are already providing a wide range of employment related services and help for individuals to find and retain work. This service will ensure you get the right information, advice and guidance to support your employment journey.

SORTED! has direct links with a large number of employers providing access to a wide range of vacancies as and when you are ready to move into work. Equally if it’s training you are looking for or simply advice on where to go next, SORTED! can help.



National organisations - SSAFA


SSAFA support the transition from the Forces to Civvy Street with the following:

  • Housing - get support from our housing advisory service to help understand what happens next when you receive your notice to vacate service accommodation
  • Finances - work with our network of volunteers to get access to financial assistance, for example to help with rent deposit and removal costs
  • Signpost you to organisations who can help with specific issues

For guidance on finding a job and employment, we recommend that you contact CivvyStreet and the Regular Forces Employment Association (details listed above).



National organisations - Army Personnel Recovery Units

Army Personnel Recovery Units

Army Personnel Recovery Units provide transition support for the most seriously wounded, injured and sick and have limited capacity. The Royal Navy and the RAF have similar units but with some differences. There are 11 Army PRUs in total across the UK and Germany in: Edinburgh, Preston, Catterick, Brecon, Donnington, Chilwell, Tidworth, Aldershot, London, Lisburn, and Sennelager. There are five PRC’s in Catterick, Colchester, Edinburgh, Tidworth and Sennelager (Germany) which provide crucial support for those wounded, injured and sick from across the Armed Forces undergoing recovery. Also a Battle Back Centre in Lilleshall, which specialises in Adaptive Sport and Adventurous Training.

Built for the Armed Forces by Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion, designed to offer a conducive military environment for recovery activities including welfare, medical, educational and resettlement courses. The gym facilities can be used as a base to start other activities from such as Battle Back courses, Graduated Return to Work programmes, work placements and mandatory Army training tests.

Portsmouth Recovery Cell (Royal Navy) currently provides Divisional support, advice, guidance and assistance for individuals assigned within the remit of HMS Nelson MA7, 6, 5 and MA4. The ultimate goal is to recover an individual to full time employment or facilitate a smooth transit from Service life via NSMBOS or natural TX / Notice ensuring individuals are best prepared for the future. The Recovery Cell currently man an out of hours Duty system / phone which provides 24/7 contact / advice direction as required. The Portsmouth Information Office, located within HMS Nelson, exists to provide bespoke information to the Service Community throughout Portsmouth and the surrounding areas (

Contact: Aldershot:
Tel: 01252 787180

Tel: 0207 4143394

HMS Nelson, Portsmouth
02392 727213



National organisations - Veterans Transition Review

Veterans Transition Review

The Veterans Transition Review report (pdf document) summarises what is provided in terms of transition support, including employment and training: (see pages 52- 60 for specific info on employment and training support) refers to the CTP.



National organisations - Hampshire County Council

Hampshire County Council

Hampshire County Council’s commitment to the Armed Forces as a local authority and employer has been recognised with a Gold Award within the MOD Employer Recognition Scheme.


National organisations - Army of Angels

Army of Angels

The Army of Angels UK Forces Charity provides direct and indirect support to serving and veterans in the British Armed Forces who have been injured mentally or physically while serving in conflicts, including veterans of the wars in Europe, the Far East, the Falklands and the Gulf and  their families and co-dependents.


National organisations - RAFBF (Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund)

RAFBF (Royal Air Force Benefolent Fund)

The RAF Benevolent Fund is the RAF's leading welfare charity, they support all serving and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children.  The service signposts to the Careers Transition Partnership, Future Horizons partnership, RFEA, Civvy Street website,  Job centre plus, Lifeworks (5 day course) and Poppy Factory. Free support line Tel:  0800 169 2942.

The nearest base - Address: Building 167, RAF Benson, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 6AA Telephone: 01491 837766 ext 6536 or 5299


National organisations - FS (Forces Support)

FS (Forces Support)

This service provides general maintenance around the home and garden, the work the lost family member would have done for his or her family.


National organisations - RBL (Royal British Legion)

RBL (Royal British Legion)

This service provides financial, social and emotional care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces - past and present and their families. The Legion supports Service leavers to find employment and can also provide advice and guidance to partners and dependants of serving personnel. The Legion has created a whole website to support Service leavers to adjust to life on Civvy Street and kick-start a new career


Website: Veterans' Gateway:

National organisations - RBLI


LifeWorks is a fully funded 5 day course which equips ex-Armed Forces personnel with the tools to get into and maintain a civilian job that is appropriate for them. There are no courses available locally (only in Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool etc).