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Transition to civilian life

11th Signal and West Midlands Brigade is able to signpost useful leads for those leaving the services and seeking to settle in the West Midlands. The Army builds on the links established under the Armed Forces Community Covenant and seeks to complement the resettlement provision already being offered by adding a regional focus.

Soldier to civilianThe five transition pillars:

  • Employment career choices and job searches 
  • Education individual and family courses. School selection
  • Health doctor and dentist registration
  • Housing community housing and rental property 
  • Welfare help and guidance from veteran organisations

About the region

The 11 Sig & WM Bde area is one of the most diverse regions of the UK. It covers Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire, and Birmingham/West Midlands. In the centre it contains some of the most densely populated parts of Britain: the conurbation of Birmingham and Wolverhampton and the large towns of Dudley, Solihull, Walsall and West Bromwich. However, the region also contains some sparsely populated rural areas. The region has a population of 5.2m or 8.3% of the total UK population of 62m.

Local Authorities include Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Herefordshire, Sandwell, Shropshire, Solihull, Staffordshire, Stoke, Telford, Warsall, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton and Worcestershire.

Please follow the link 'find your local council' on the right, and enter the council name you wish to visit. Also download the regional map below to see where the local authorities sit within the West Midlands.


The Army Welfare Service (AWS) give support to serving Army personnel and their families.

AWS will liaise with the Veterans Welfare Service (VWS) to ensure those with an enduring need are catered for. AWS can be contacted on 01980 615975.

The Army Families Federation (AFF) and the HiVE play a key role in helping service families find helpful answers to a variety of questions.

There is a mass of help and information keen to help SLs and veterans in times of need. Finding the best help is often bewildering. Many of the well known charities, like ABF the Soldiers’ Charity, the Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes, can signpost you to the right support. Please follow the links below.

Army Welfare Service (AWS) contact details

The Army Welfare Service (AWS) provides confidential support for serving married and single personnel and families with any personal or family difficulties. They can be contacted here:

Telephone: 01980 615975

Email: AWS-Welfareinformationservice@mod.uk

Contact the Transition team

Transition Team

Telephone: 01952 673667

Email: 11SIGX-HQ-G1-SO2-Transition@mod.uk

HQ 11 Sig & WM Brigade
Venning Barracks
Donnington, Telford
When emailing, please put in the subject line: For attention of Transition Team