Health And Wellbeing For Armed Forces

Rutland Community Wellbeing Service recognises the challenges that service, ex-service personnel and their families face in accessing a range of local, regional and national services, and is eager to work with this community to ensure information advice and support is available and to encourage engagement and integration with local communities and place.

Recognising that there are a number of agencies and charities that provide specific support to veterans, armed forces personnel and their families, we have compiled a list of agencies, links to their websites and brief descriptions of the focus of each agency.

Of courses, our armed forces, veterans and families can and do use all the areas of wellbeing information, advice and support detailed throughout this website.

Citizens Advice

Information and Advice about Benefits and ConcessionsHousing Options and Pensions and Compensation Schemes for the Armed Forces, Veterans and their Families.

Priority NHS care

When service personnel leave the armed forces, their healthcare is the responsibility of the NHS. All veterans are entitled to priority access to NHS hospital care for any condition, as long as it's related to their service, whether or not they receive a war pension. Information about Mental Health Services is also available.

Veterans Gateway

Veterans’ Gateway is for any ex-service personnel and their families looking for advice or support – whatever they are dealing with. Click here for 24 hour support.

Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS)

The St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) is a registered charity that works for the Ministry of Defence and with other charitable partners to provide practical and emotional support to Armed Forces Families and other entitled civilians when they are in hospital, rehabilitation or recovery centres.

Combat Stress

The Veterans' mental health charity that provides treatment for ex-service personnel suffering with mental ill-health including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. It doesn't matter how young or old you are, where you served, or whether you saw combat - they may be able to help. If you are the loved one or carer of an ex-service personnel, there's support for you too.

Help for Heroes

Help for Heroes supports those with injuries and illnesses attributable to their service in the British Armed Forces. No matter when someone served, Help for Heroes believe that those prepared to put their lives second, deserve a second chance at life. Every course and activity offered aims to empower them to look beyond illness and injury, regain their purpose, reach their potential and have a positive impact on society. See external link below.

Royal British Legion

The UK's leading Services charity provides practical, emotional and financial support to all members of the British armed forces past and present, and their families. Whether it's families coping with the loss of a loved one, help at home to adapt to independent living, recovery centres for injured personnel, money and careers advice, or residential care - they can help. Read more about the services offered by the Royal British Legion here.

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA)

The UK's oldest national military charity SSAFA provides advice, emotional and social support and signposting services to serving personnel, veterans and the families of members of the armed forces.

ABF - The Soldiers’ Charity

ABF gives a lifetime of support to soldiers and veterans from the British Army, and their immediate families, when they are in need. The charity makes grants to individuals through their Regiments and Corps and support a wide range of specialist charities that sustain the British Army ‘family’, both at home and around the world.

Royal Marines Charity

The Royal Marines Charity exists to help the entire Royal Marines family. They are strong believers in once a Marine, always a Marine. They offer a range of services to both serving personnel and veterans. If you need help, The Royal Marines Charity is here for you. From financial assistance to advice on finding a second, meaningful career. Explore the website or contact them to find out more.

Blind Veterans UK

Blind Veterans UK believe that no one who has served our country should battle blindness alone. That's why we're here to help with lifelong practical and emotional support which we provide to Armed Forces and National Service veterans regardless of when they served or how they lost their sight. We help blind ex-Service men and women lead independent and fulfilling lives by supporting them with our in-depth expertise, experience and full range of services.  If you know of a veteran with sight loss, or would like to apply for our free support please click here.

Royal Navy Benevolent Trust

The Royal Navy Benevolent Trust provides financial assistance and support to Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel and their families in times of need. They assist thousands of people in need by providing wide ranging financial assistance and caring for older people in our care home. Their outstanding care and nursing home, owned and managed by RNBT, is located in Gillingham, Kent - near the historic dockyard at Chatham.

RAF Benevolent Fund

The RAF Benevolent Fund is the RAF's leading welfare charity with a proud tradition of looking after its own. They are there for all serving and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children.

Support Services for Veterans and their Families

Click here for a list of support services for military and defence personnel and their families.

The Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant focusses on helping members of the armed forces community have the same access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen.


A Confidential service to talk to any time you like, in your own way, and off the record - about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal. They can help you explore your options, understand your problems better, or just be there to listen.