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Army related charities

ABF The Soldiers' Charity

We are The Soldiers' Charity, the National Charity of the British Army. We give lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their families. We believe in independence and dignity for every soldier and we provide financial assistance when they are in real need.

We've been working with the Army family since 1944, helping with education and training, elderly care, wellbeing, mobility, the wider Army family and housing. The cost and complexity of each case has risen year on year, and we expect this trend to continue.

Helping every cap badge in the British Army, we are proud to count many serving and retired soldiers amongst our loyal fundraisers

While we cannot predict the future, we know that the veteran population is ageing, and we are responding to that need.

We work closely with the Army at every level, influencing policy in the welfare area.

Army Dependants' Trust

The Army Dependants’ Trust is a charity which provides discretionary cash grants to dependants of servicemen and servicewomen who die in service, from whatever cause. The Trust relieves any financial hardship for the member’s family/dependants in the immediate period following their loss.

The recipients of the awards need take no action themselves to claim as the charity does everything. For more information contact the Army Dependants’ Trust on 01980 615736 or email ArmyPersSvcs-ADT-Sec@mod.uk

Blind Veterans UK

Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan's), provides crucial assistance to ex-Service men and women with very significant loss of sight. Specialist training and support helps them to regain their independence and optimism and make the most of the opportunities available to them.

British Limbless Ex Service Men's Association (BLESMA)

BLESMA is a National Charity for Limbless and Ex-Service Men and Women, their dependants and Widows. Its objectives are to promote the welfare of all those who have lost a limb or the use of a limb, or one or both eyes, or as a result of service in Her Majesty's Forces or Auxiliary Forces.

Combat Stress

Combat Stress: ExServices Mental Welfare Society The Society was founded in 1919, one year after the end of the First World War, since when it has helped over 85,000 veterans cope with their suffering. Currently, there are over 7000 veterans being helped, with many new referrals.

Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS)

The St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) is a registered charity that works for the Ministry of Defence and with other charitable partners to provide practical and emotional support to military personnel, their families and other entitled civilians when they are in hospital, rehabilitation or recovery centres.

DMWS Welfare Officers support patients from all three services, wherever they serve, including working within Field Hospitals during times of conflict.

Service personnel in the UK are treated in NHS hospitals and Ministry of Defence Hospital Units (MDHUs). In Germany, services are contracted from Designated German Provider (DGP) hospitals and in Cyprus, services are located at Akrotiri.

Families’ Activity Breaks

Families’ Activity Breaks (FAB) is a non-public funded, tri Service charitable initiative in partnership with YHA (England & Wales) Ltd., providing fun and challenging activity camps around the UK for bereaved Military families.

If your child is aged up to 19 years old and has suffered the loss of a loved one who was serving in the Armed Forces, then you may be eligible for a FAB camp. The holidays offer an adventure for all the family and a welcome break to meet and socialise with others who have experienced a similar loss. A loved one can mean a parent, a step parent, or a child’s legal guardian, carer or sibling. Follow our link top right for details.

Help for Heroes

The charity Help for Heroes was launched in October 2007 in response to the desire of ordinary people to do something practical to help wounded servicemen and women.

Lady Grover's Fund

The Fund, founded in 1911, gives financial assistance to dependants of officers, whether serving or retired. We support officers' wives, husbands, widows, widowers and dependant children with contributions to hospital fees, nursing and home help following injury or illness. The subscription is £35 a year. To join, contact 0845 873 7161 or email secretary@ladygrovers.org.uk

My Daddy is a Soldier Adventures

My Daddy is a Soldier Adventures, winners of The 2014 Military Award for Support to the Armed Forces, is a charity that was founded in 2011 to support the families of regular and reserve British Army soldiers. Regardless of rank, location, married or not, in army quarters or not, all are welcome to gain support from us. As a charity we work with Unit Welfare Offices to hold events for ‘Little Troopers’ who have a soldier away from the family home but in addition we provide vital resources to ease and aid a separation period.

Inclusion, recognition and celebration are key to our values and we run lots of initiatives around these including Little Troopers of the Month, Birthday Card for Little Troopers, Separation Pack and Little Troopers Treasures. Find out more at: www.mydaddyisasoldieradventures.org


Poppyscotland supports veterans and their dependants in Scotland through the help of dedicated volunteers and donors. All money raised is spent in the following ways:
• Providing direct financial assistance to individuals
• Funding a pensions advice service for veterans
• Providing grants and research to organisations that deliver specialist support to veterans in Scotland
• Supporting the employment of veterans with disabilities in the Edinburgh-based Lady Haig's Poppy Factory

The Poppy Factory

The Poppy Factory’s nationwide employability team is there to help Armed Forces veterans with health conditions or impairments into sustainable and rewarding civilian employment.

Working with the needs and career goals of wounded, inured and sick veterans, The Poppy Factory provides 1-2-1 expert advice and guidance, bespoke opportunities within businesses across the county, CV and interview coaching, information on funding and training resources and 12 months of on-going workplace support.

For more information or to register, please call or visit the charity’s website.

Tel: 020 8939 1837



Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion provides financial, social and emotional support to millions who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and their dependants. Currently, nearly 10.5 million people are eligible for support and thousands of calls are received for help every year.


SSAFA provide support for the serving men and women in today's Armed Forces and for those who have served - even if it was only for a single day. They also care for the needs of their families and dependants.

Scottish Veterans' Residences

SVR is Scotland's oldest ex-service charity, founded in 1910 to support independent living for ex-servicemen and women of all ages and their spouses. We work in close co-operation with Scottish Veterans Housing Association which operates two residences: Whitefoord House in Edinburgh and Rosendael in Broughty Ferry, Dundee.



Scotty's Little Soldiers

Scotty’s Little Soldiers provide relief from the effects of bereavement to young people up to and including the age of 18 who have suffered the loss of a parent whilst serving with the armed forces of the crown.

They support with Holiday’s, activities, grants, gifts, experiences and bereavement support to children who have lost a parent serving in the British Armed Forces.

Skill Force

Skill Force started life as an MOD project in 2000. At present they are setting up a new scheme working with the MOD to provide an opportunity for a structured programme of a Graduated Return to Work (GRoW) for long term sick and injured of the 3 services. A GRoW is a phased return to work after an extended period away and is something that the Services do, particularly given the number of casualties that have been sustained in the last 5 years or so and those with long term health issues.


uk4U-Thanks! is a registered charity established in 2005 to provide Christmas gift boxes as 'a gift from the nation' to all those serving in the forces overseas away from their families.

Winston's Wish

Winston's Wish is the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK. They offer support and guidance to bereaved children, families and professionals.

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