Armed Forces charities

Armed Forces charities for people with specific healthcare conditions:


For veterans who have experienced life-changing limb loss, lost the use of a limb, or lost sight during service, as well as their families. Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, offers advice and support through their local support officers. Blesma also provides financial assistance to help with the additional costs of disability.

Contact Number – 020 8590 1124

Find out more about Blesma

Blind Veterans

For veterans who have experienced sight loss and their families. Blind Veterans offers community groups, rehabilitation and support with care as well as advice on their website.

Contact Number – 0800 389 7979

Find out more about Blind Veterans

For serving personnel, veterans and armed forces families:

Combat Stress

The charity Combat Stress provides self-help advice on their website. They offer mental health helplines for 24/7 confidential advice and support.

Contact Number – 0800 138 1619

Text on – 07537 173683

Email –

Find out more about Combat Stress

Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS)

Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) provides practical and emotional support to military personnel, veterans, their families and other entitled civilians when they’re in hospital, rehabilitation or recovery centres.

Find out more about DMWS

Help for Heroes

For wounded, injured and sick serving personnel and veterans, and their families. The Help for Heroes charity provides physical,
psychological, financial and welfare support to wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans, and their families.

Find out more about Help for Heroes

Op COURAGE: the Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

Op COURAGE is an NHS mental health specialist service designed to help serving personnel due to leave the military, reservists, armed forces veterans and their families.

Contact Number – 020 3317 6818

Find out more about OP COURAGE

Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion gives advice and support on wellbeing on their website and through their community branches. For additional advice and support, the Royal British Legion also have an online chat and helpline that is open 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.

Contact Number – 0808 802 8080

Find out more about Royal British Legion


SSAFA provides lifelong emotional and practical support. To get support, call their helpline or use their online chat Monday to Friday, 9 to 5.30pm.

Contact Number – 0800 260 6767

Find out more about SSAFA


For veterans who struggle to live independently. Provides housing and support services to help veterans live independently.

Find out more about STOLL


Togetherall is a mental health support service that provides anonymous, round-the-clock online support, with trained counsellors available at all times.

Find out more about Togetherall

Veterans Gateway

For veterans and their families.
Veterans Gateway provides wellbeing support and advice on their website and with their 24/7 Live Chat, text messaging and helpline.

Helpline – 08088 021212

Text chat – 81212

Find out more about Veterans Gateway

Walking with the Wounded

For veterans and their families.
Walking with the Wounded offers support services for a range of issues, such as mental health, employment, criminal justice and addiction. Their website offers information on how to be referred to their services.

Find out more about Walking with the Wounded

Other charities:

Salute Her UK (Women’s armed forces charities)

For women veterans who are survivors of military sexual trauma and their families. Salute Her UK provides a support service which
offers mental health therapy and interventions for women survivors of military sexual trauma in a single sex environment.

Find out more about Salute Her UK

Fighting with Pride (LGBT+ armed forces charities)

For LGBT+ serving personnel, veterans and their families.
Fighting with Pride advise on how to get help and provide information for LGBT+ members of the armed forces community.

Find out more about Fighting with Pride

Addiction Charities:
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

AA is a free self-help network. Its “12-step” programme involves getting sober with the help of regular support groups.

Find out more about AA

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery runs a network of self-help and mutual aid meetings where participants help themselves and fellow members with recovery from any kind of addictive behaviour.

Find out more about SMART Recovery