Useful Links

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The Royal NavyEverything you wanted to know about the Navy.
The British ArmyEverything you wanted to know about the Army.
The Royal Air ForceEverything you wanted to know about the RAF.
The Royal MarinesEverything you wanted to know about the Marines.
ABF – The Soldiers’ CharityABF The Soldiers’ Charity is the national charity of the British Army, providing a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their immediate families when they are in need.
Army Dependants Trust A charity which provides discretionary cash grants to defendants/next of kin of soldiers who die in Service, from whatever cause, to relieve immediate financial hardship for the member’s family.
Army Family FederationThe independent voice of army families and works hard to improve the quality of life for Army families around the world – on any aspect that is affected by the Army lifestyle.
Army Widows AssociationOffer comfort, support and friendship to the widows and widowers of service men and women.
British Army Family FederationThe British Armed Forces Federation is the only independent, all-ranks, tri-service representative staff association open to serving members of any branch of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army or Royal Air Force, including the reserves
Department of Work and PensionsUp to date information from the Government including guidelines, application forms and legislation.
Houses of ParliamentInformation about all things to do with both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
Forces Pension SocietyAn independent, not-for-profit organisation that acts as the pension watchdog for the entire military community.
Hive – ArmyThe HIVE Information Service provides information on behalf of the chain of command to the Service community and welcomes enquiries from serving personnel, dependants, partners, extended families, and the wider military community including veterans and MOD civilians
Hive – RAFThe RAF HIVE Service provides an information and welfare referral service to the Armed Services community, including serving Personnel, their families, veterans, Reservists, and civilians on Station.
National Bereavement ServiceThe National Bereavement Service is here help those in need of support during the difficult time of bereavement
National Council of WomenAt the National Council of Women we want to ensure that women play a full role in our society. Our aim is to make women more interested in local, regional and national affairs and to get them more involved in decision-making.
National Memorial ArboretumThe National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance; a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country. It is a living and lasting memorial.
Naval Family FederationOur vision is for all Naval Service Families to:
be able to have their views heard by those in positions of power; feel valued and be treated with fairness and respect; and thrive in their communities of choice
The Officers AssociationTo provide officers and their families with the support they need to thrive outside the Armed Forces
Paymaster GeneralContact information for the current Paymaster General
RAF Family FederationThe RAF Families Federation provides an independent voice for all personnel (single, married or in a partnership) and all of your families. 
The Royal British LegionThe Legion is here to help members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families. And we’re not going anywhere.
We support serving and ex-serving personnel all year round, every day of the week.
Our support starts after seven days of service and continues through life, long after service is over.
The Royal British Legion – Care HomesWe have six care homes across the country for the Armed Forces community and their families.
Our homes, including five with specialist dementia care, are designed to be a home from home for our residents and visitors.
We have created warm and welcoming atmospheres, with spacious rooms, beautiful outdoor spaces and relaxing lounge areas.
As care homes designed for veterans and their families, there is also a unique camaraderie and our residents often establish strong friendships and bond over their shared experiences.
RAFAEvery generation owes a debt of gratitude to the RAF and their families. To protect the peace and safety we enjoy every day, they sacrifice the normal way of life most people take for granted. When someone in the RAF family needs help, the charity they turn to is the Royal Air Forces Association.
RAF Widows’ AssociationFor women and men who have lost their spouse or partner whilst serving in the RAF at the time of their death or who died within two years of leaving the RAF.
Royal Air Force Benevolent FundThe RAF Benevolent Fund is the RAF’s leading welfare charity with a proud tradition of looking after its own. We are there for all serving and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children.
Royal Air Force CommunityEverything you wanted to know about the Royal Air Force Community.
Royal Naval AssociationWhether we are catching up with friends at our regular social events, fundraising, advising on welfare and employment matters, or just providing an arm around the shoulder, our natural willingness to help others stems from the tradition and camaraderie that only Naval Service life can instil.
Royal Naval Benevolent TrustRNBT provides financial assistance and support to Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel and their families in times of need.
Royal Navy Royal Marines Widows AssociationSupport widows with the aim of bringing friendship, support, guidance and comfort to those who have experienced the trauma of bereavement.
Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA)NOW CALLED VETERANS UK.
We provide free support for veterans and their families, including a helpline, Veterans Welfare Service and injury/bereavement compensation scheme payments.
St Andrew’s Society for Ladies in needWe help ladies who are either retired or unable to work through illness or disability. We give priority to ladies who are trying to maintain their own home although an increasing part of our work is concerned with helping towards a shortfall in care home fees.
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA)We understand the unique demands of service life, whether it’s on UK soil or overseas. Support is available for people at any stage in their military career; from the youngest recruit to the oldest veteran – no one’s service is ever forgotten. We have more than 5,000 trained SSAFA volunteers who provide personalised, face-to-face support to those in their local area.
Survivors of Bereavement by SuicideWe exist to meet the needs and overcome the isolation experienced by people over 18 who have been bereaved by suicide.
The Confederation of British Service and Ex-Service OrganisationsCobseo, as the Confederation of Service Charities, provides a single point of contact for interaction with Government, including local government and the Devolved Administrations; with the Royal Household; with the Private Sector; and, of course, with other members of the Armed Forces Community. This allows Cobseo Members to interact with all interested parties and especially to cooperate and collaborate with others in order to provide the best possible level of support to beneficiaries.
The Royal British LegionWe’re here through thick and thin – ensuring their unique contribution is never forgotten. We’ve been here since 1921 and we’ll be here as long as they need us. 
Supporting the
Unsung Hero
We support serving Armed Forces Personnel, Veterans, Reservists and their families by providing quality courses designed to enhance personal and professional development, translating knowledge and experience into nationally and internationally recognised qualifications which can be transferred into their role within the Armed Forces and their future careers.
UK Ministry of DefenceEverything you need to know about the MOD
Veterans UKWe provide free support for veterans and their families, including a helpline, Veterans Welfare Service and injury/bereavement compensation scheme payments.
Veterans WorldVeterans World promotes awareness of help, advice and support available to the veterans community.
Victory Services ClubWe offer accommodation, dining and respite for members and former serving members of the Armed Forces.
Widowed and Young (WAY)WAY is a UK charity that offers a peer-to-peer support network for anyone who’s lost a partner before their 51st birthday – married or not, with or without children, whatever their sexual orientation.

Women’s Royal Army Corps Association
Maintaining contact between former members of the QMAAC, ATS and WRAC and women still serving in the Army, fostering mutual friendship between them and providing for social gatherings. (Incorp. the QMAAC & ATS old Comrades Assoc.)
Union Jack Club FULL members of the War Widows’ Association are afforded the privilege of being able to be a Temporary Honorary Member of the Union Jack Club (UJC) allowing Full Members access to the club’s facilities although it does not allow you to take guests. To find out how to obtain your Membership Card click here.
Veterans GatewayWe put veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the advice and support they need.
Most of the descriptions above are taken directly from their website.