Support for the Armed Forces Community

The Rotherham’s Armed Forces Community is entitled to the following through the Armed Forces Covenant:

a) Not being at a disadvantage when trying to access public services such as health care, housing, employment, education and welfare.

b) Special consideration, where appropriate, especially for those who have given the most such as the injured and the bereaved.

Council Services

  • Housing: The Council is committed to providing places to live for members of the Armed Forces community that want to settle locally.
  • Phone: 01709 382121 or Website: www.rotherham.gov.uk/housing

Council Tax and Benefits: The Council takes into account income from War Pensions when Council Tax support is being calculated. Full details about Council Tax Support and Discounts is available on our website

Organisations and other support organisations

In addition to the Council providing support to the Armed Forces community there are a plethora of military charities representing both large, national organisations and smaller local specialists. All of them bring a wealth of expertise and are truly committed to helping those that are serving / have served and their families.

National Veterans’ Gateway: Putting veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more.
Phone: 0808 802 1212 or Website: www.veteransgateway.org.uk

Rotherham Citizens Advice: Able to help with a variety of issues such as benefits, employment, dept and money, housing, tax, healthcare and education.
Phone: 03444 111 444 or Website

Veterans UK (MoD): Veterans UK administers the armed forces pension schemes and compensation payments for those injured or bereaved through service.
Phone: 0808 1914 218 or Website: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/veterans-uk

SSAFA (the armed forces charity): Provides lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force.
Phone: 0800 731 4880 or Website: www.ssafa.org.uk

Employment, Training & Courses

Regular Forces Employment Association: Provides life-long, life changing support, jobs and training opportunities to service leavers and veterans, irrespective of circumstances, rank, length of service or reason for leaving. Online Registration via website: www.rfea.org.uk

Lifeworks: A free 4–5 day course for anyone who has served in the British Armed Forces, tailored specifically towards helping ex-Forces personnel secure the future they want.
Phone: 0800 319 6844 or Website: www.wearelifeworks.org.uk/ex-forces

Health and Mental Health

Combat Stress: Leading Veterans’ mental health charity in the UK providing treatment for ex-Service personnel suffering with mental ill-health including Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD), anxiety and depression.
Phone: 0800 138 1619 (24hr helpline) or Website: www.combatstress.org.uk

Housing

Help 4 Homeless Veterans: Their mission is to source and provide accommodation to Ex Service Personnel who are living rough or in unsatisfactory accommodation.
Phone:07586 777856 or Website: www.help4homelessveterans.org.uk

Other Support

Project NOVA: Project Nova supports Veterans who have been arrested and enter Policy Custody. It also supports Veterans who are referred by specialist Police Teams, or other statutory organisations, because they are at risk of arrest or have vulnerabilities. Project Nova works in partnership with Police Forces and NHS Liaison and Diversion who refer veterans to their service. Veterans meeting this criteria can also self-refer.
Phone: 0800 9177 299 / Email: [email protected] or Website: https://support.veteransgateway.org.uk/app/answers/detail/a_id/236/~/project-nova

Universal Credit: https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit; This also provides links to the governments webpage for you to check your entitlement. There are three links to independent calculators which will cover a lot of benefits, not just UC https://www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators

Veterans UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/veterans-uk Veterans UK administers the armed forces pension schemes and compensation payments for those injured or bereaved through service. Veterans UK is part of the Ministry of Defence.

Support Services for military and defence personnel and their families: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/strategy-for-our-veterans. The Strategy for our veterans sets the principles and aims to continue to support older veterans and establishes the right conditions that will empower and support the newer generation and their wider community. This strategy applies across the spectrum of the Veterans demographic groups.

Looking ahead, this strategy sets the intent for veterans public services across the UK to work towards.