AA Veterans Support is a Northern Ireland based charity set up to provide help and support for Veterans and their families across Northern Ireland. Its aim is to provide the necessary support services for those Veterans or their family members that may need our help. We believe that our Forces and their families deserve our lifelong support. We aim to provide Practical, Training, Emotional and Financial support to anyone who is serving or has ever served and their families. Whenever they may need us, we'll do whatever we can to help.
Andy Allen Veterans Support Website can be accessed here
Our partners the VWS work alongside in-service welfare providers and closely with local authorities, voluntary organisations, service charities and DWP. This ensures that those leaving the services and existing veterans and their families receive all the information and assistance they need to access the appropiate services and benefits.
How to contact us? Initial contact should be by telephone and if appropiate, we can arrange a home visit. NI (and the Republic of Ireland) is covered by a Veterans Welfare Centre in Glasgow.
National Helpline: 0800 169 2277
National email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Telephone: 0141 224 2709
Local email: email@example.com
The Royal British Legion is the UK's leading Service charity providing care and support to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families. We help serving members of the Armed Forces, ex-Service men and women (veterans), their families and dependants. We provide practical care, advice and support to the Armed Forces family all year round. Welfare is at the heart of everything we do. We are also one of the UK's largest membership organisations, with over 300,000 members. We safeguard the memory of those who have given their lives for our freedom through Remembrance education and events. We work with all political parties, campaigning to improve the lives of all Service people - past, present and future. We organise the annual Poppy Appeal; remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and raising money to help those in need today.
Contact Centre (UK Freephone): 0808 802 8080 (from Republic of Ireland 0044 (0)20 3376 8080)
The Royal British Legion Area Office
21 Talbot St
Belfast BT1 2LD
Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee
Andy Allen Veterans Support N.I.
Royal British Legion Belfast
The Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee exist to serve and support ex-servicemen and women, their widows and their immediate family members.
So whenever or wherever you have served, whether in the second World War or Afghanistan, we are here to help. We are an Independant voice and can act as a bridge to:
Advise and guide you if you are unsure of your rights or where to turn in the complex world of government pensions and other allowances.
Listen to complaints when things go wrong and, where we can, help to sort them out.
Assist you in obtaining help from the appropiate ex-service charity or government department.
If you would like to get in touch with your local VAPC, please contact
From Northern Ireland: 0800 169 2277
From Republic of Ireland: +44 1253 866043
COBSOE is an organisation that exists for the interests of the Armed Forces community in order to:
* Represent and support the needs and opinions of member organisations to all levels of Government and other organisations.
* Identify, communicate and action issues of common interest of member organisations.
* Exchange and coordinate information between member organisations.
* Act as a single point of contact for external inquies.
How they work
COBSEO's membership consists of over 180 Service and ex-service organisations, including regimental associations. It does not have individual members
ABF The Soldiers' Charity, giving lifetime support to serving and former soldiers and their families. Includes making grants to individuals and specialist charities that help ex-seoliers and their families.
Support offered includes:
Financial: Financial assistance to relieve hardship, grants for living costs, emergency needs, debt relief. Provision of annuities and Educational Bursaries.
Accommodation: care home fees. Home adaptions. Furnishing and equipment.
Personal: Mobility assistance. Funding holiday breaks.
ABF The Soldiers Charity
6 - 20 Elizabeth Street
Tel: +44 (0) 845 241 4820
SSAFA is a National charity operated on a regional basis. Al branch members are highly trained volunteers, giving their time freely.
SSAFA helps serving and ex-service men or women and their wives, husbands, partners and deendant family members, who need friendship, advice or assistance, from the day their service starts and for the rest of their lives. This help continues for widows and widowers, after divorce, and for people seperated from established partnerships and for dependant children. They do not sit in judgement, they simpy help people to sort out problems - with their agreement and as fast as possible.
They are available, at the end of the telephone, by email or by letter, to do anything possible to relieve distress or to solve a problem. They will discuss the matter with you and agree the action to be taken. You can come to them with any problem or request - they don't limit the type of problem or the type of help that might be possible. And they will see it though with you to the end - they won't abandon you during the process.
Telephone: 02890 327740
Mail: 21 Talbot Street, Belfast. BT1 2LD
ABF - The Soldiers Charity
Combat Stress is the UK's leading military charity speciallising in the care of veterans' mental health. They look after men and women who are suffering from a psychological condition related to the service career as a small but significant number of veterans leave the Armed Forces with psychological wounds. This can lead to depression, anxiety, a phobia or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Combat stress works with veterans of the British Armed Forces and members of the Reserve Forces, through effective treatment and support for mental health problems.
24-hr Helpline The Combat Stress 24-hr Helpline is on 0800 138 1619
Text 07537 404 719
The Ulster Defence Regiment and The Royal Irish Regiment (Home Service) Aftercare Service
Bespoke support to veterans resident in Northern Ireland who formerly served in The Ulster Defence Regiment and in The Home Service element of The Royal Irish Regiment during Operation Banner.
Based at four centres throughout the Province, it consists of caseworkers and support staff who provide outreach to the veterans' community, advising and sign posting to other trusted agencies which assist those in need. Ot offers holistic resolution to each case via:
Welfare - via domcilliary visits, ranging from simple befriending to full-blown intervention in issues of bereavement, debt, housing, benefits and pensions and including assistance in application for recompense.
Medical - building trusted pathways to the wider National Health Service via a client's General Practitioner and also to offer immediate referral to psychological therapies and psychsiotherapy for conditions caused or made worse by military service.
Vocational - sign posting to Regular Forces Employment Agency (RFEA) provides career and employment advice.
Benevolence - assisting in supporting cases of proven financial need. Successful liaison is routinely undertaken with many service charities.
Expansion of the service to assist other veterans resident in Northern Ireland is still being considered.
The Aftercare Service can be contacted initially on 028 90 420 145 or through its Website:
BLESMA - The Limbless Veterans
BLESMA provides support to limbless and ex-servicemen and women and their families. It has no permanent office in Northern Ireland but is covered by a team from England which visits its members here frequently.
Support offered includes:
Financial Grants for motobility, rehabilitation and adaptions. Advice on compensation allowance claims.
Accommodation: Nursing, residential and respite care.
Personal: Welfare support visits. Assistance in finding employment. Rehabilitation. Representation.
Frankland Moore House
185 - 187 High Road
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8590 1124
BLIND VETERANS UK
Formerly known as St Dunstan's since 1915, this charity provides support for blind and visually impaired ex-servicemen and women. It has no permanent office in Northern Ireland but is covered by a team from England which visits its members her frequently.
Support offered includes:
Financial: Assistance in accessing benefits and the provision of financial aid.
Accommodation: Nursing and residential care, short and long term.
Personal: Nationwide welfare service, together with lifelong rehabilitation, training and support.
Blind veterans UK
12-14 Harcourt Street
Tel: Freephone 0800 389 7979
Their mission is to deliver an enduring national network of support for our wounded and their families. They aspire and enable those who made sacrifices in our behalf to achieve their full potential.
They can provide immediate financial support via their Quick Reaction Force Fund which helps by giving swift financial support to those with life changing injuries, life changng illnesses and their families.
The Help for Heroes Band of Brothers offers life-long support and opportunities to those suffering from life-changing injury or illness. The Help for Heroes Band of Sisters provides supports, recognition and fellowship to those who care for our heroes.
Help for Heroes strives to achieve the best for the men and women of Great Britainís Armed Forces, both serving and veteran. We are proud to work with other Service charities to make sure that the wounded, injured and sick get the support they deserve.
You can contact us them;
Post: write to them at Help for Heroes 14 Parkers Close Downton Business Centre Downton Salisbury Wiltshire SP5 3RB
Tel: 01980 846 459 (opening hours 9am to 5pm)
Do you need their support?
For financial support please email them on firstname.lastname@example.org
To join their Band of Brothers or Band of Sisters please email
Help 4 Heroes
NI Phoenix is a group which provides welfare, support and advice to all members of the Security Forces and their families, who served during Operation Banner in Northern Ireland. It is a programme funded by EU Peace III. There are six offices throughout NI providing drop-in centres, open Mon - Fri, where members can drop in for advice, information, tea and coffee.
Six full-time Development Officers provide the service with the help of local Volunteers from the local group in the area. Membership is free and information on all service charities is kept with networking being encouraged between all. Membership can also be by individual registration or by affiliation through a group, association or a branch -providing thbey observe the principle outlined. The project throughout NI has a membership of over 3,000 and, as a Peace and Reconciliation project through the Peace Programme (P&R), funding covers a range of other services including course, welfare advice, cultural awareness strips, counselling, complementary therapies and heritage trips.
The strength of the Phoenix organisation is that immediate members of the families have equal status and are eligible for all that is on offer to those who served. Everyone who is eligible is made welcome.
The NI Phoenix Group
Office Contacts Are:
Omagh 028 9225 0177
Coleraine 028 7035 4193
Moira 028 9261 9661
Armagh 028 3751 8990
Enniskillen 028 6632 0408
Dedicated to all Veterans. No matter what Era, no matter what Conflict.
Veteran Services, Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Veterans, Service Charities Information Site
"You're not in the Army Now!"
Royal British Legion Helpline 0808 802 8080