Armed Forces support
Being a member of the Armed Forces community or returning to civilian life after serving can be challenging. Newark and Sherwood are committed to supporting Armed Forces personnel and their families by providing supportive council services.
The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) Support Program is available for service leavers with four or more years of service. Whilst the CTP Future Horizons Programme is available for leavers with fewer than 4 years service. CTP can provide support with creating a CV, developing interview skills and researching and applying for jobs. CTP also offer workshops to support the transition into self-employment, retirement or an alternative career.
Jobcentres, run by the DWP, help people get into work. Every Jobcentre Plus District has an armed forces champion to ensure that the support provided meets the needs of the armed forces community.
We are proud to have received silver status in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.
The scheme acknowledges employers who support defence personnel, including reservists, veterans, wounded injured and sick, families and cadets.
The Joint Service Housing Advice Office (JSHAO) provide service personnel and their dependants with housing information. They can advise on purchasing and renting property, finding social housing and affordable home ownership schemes such as the Forces Help to Buy scheme. This scheme enable service personnel to borrow up to 50% of their salary, interest free, to buy their first home or move to another property.
Newark and Sherwood's Council properties are allocated considering the Allocation Scheme. This scheme dictates that former and serving members of the armed forces with urgent housing needs receive additional preference when they fulfil one of the reasonable preference categories.
Sports and Leisure
Serving forces personnel can receive discounted 'corporate membership' at Active4Today leisure centres. This is £24 per month for a minimum term of 9 months. Memberships can be frozen for up to 6 months. Veterans over 60 years of age are eligible for Activo 60+ which is £23 per month.
Sport Nottinghamshire host details on clubs and activities for all ages and abilities across the country. You can use the website to search for sports and physical activity classes, for adults and children, in your area.
Help for Heroes Hidden Wound Service provide free and confidential mental health support for Veterans and military families living with challenges such as excessive worry, depression, stress and alcohol problems.
The Veterans Mental Health Complex Treatment Service is delivered in the East Midlands by St Andrew's Healthcare. It is a community based service for ex-service personnel who have military attributable complex mental health problems that have not been previously supported. The service provides treatments, therapies and support. Access to this service is by individual self-referral or referral from a GP or military charity.
The Children Education Advisory Scheme (CEAS) provides expert and impartial advice about the education of service children. They provide a range of pupil and family services as well as advising on education in the UK and overseas.
The School Admissions Code provides regulations on the admissions process for service families with the intention of removing disadvantage for service children. If you are returning from overseas you can apply in advance for a school place for your child and a place will be allocated to your child upon evidence of a future address in the area.
Service Pupil Premium (SPP) was introduced in England under the Armed Forces Covenant in recognition of the impact of service life on children. There is a factsheet available on the Armed Forces Covenant website.
Other places to get advice and help
These are some of the charities and organisations that can provide help and support to members of the Armed Forces community who are in service, returning to civilian life and moving to a new area. The Armed Forces Covenant website also provides access to support and advice.
ABF Soldiers Charity
ABF support the soldiers, veterans and families of the British Army when they are in need by providing grants to individuals through their Regiments/Corps and by supporting a range of specialist charities. Their vision is "that all soldiers, veterans and their immediate families should have the opportunity to avoid hardship and enjoy their independence and dignity."
Citizens Advice provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. They provide advice on benefits, housing, legal procedures, immigration, health and debt support. You can access the services online, over the phone, by visiting a Citizens Advice location or requesting a home visit.
Combat Stress help former servicemen and women from every service and every conflict deal with issues like trauma, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They provide support to veterans on the phone, online, in the community and at specialist treatment centres.
Families Federation Navy
Families Federation RAF
Families Federation Army
Each service has a Families Federation which provides personnel and their families, both regular and reserve, with support and assistance. They also act as a voice for military personnel in lobbying for changes in government and military policy.
Help for Heroes
Help for Heroes supports people with injuries and illnesses attributable to their service in the British Armed Forces. Their specialist rehabilitation centres support treatment of those wounded or injured in service. They also offer courses and activities to empower service leavers to look beyond illness and injury, regain their purpose and reach their potential.
MoneyForce is the official MOD service providing money advice to UK service personnel. The website provides easy online support for service personnel and their families, to help them make informed financial decisions and plan their finances, both while they are in service and once they leave the armed forces.
Newark Patriotic Fund
The Newark Patriotic Fund’s objectives are to relieve the needs of ex-service personnel and their families in the Newark area who have been wounded, injured or rendered sick whilst serving in the Armed Forces, particularly through the provision of advice, support and financial assistance.
RFEA The Forces Employment Charity
RFEA provide life-long support, jobs and training opportunities to service leavers and veterans of working age irrespective of circumstances, rank, length of service, or reason for leaving. They provide support in finding work and general civilian support in collaboration with welfare, healthcare and housing charities.
Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
The RAF Benevolent Fund provide assistance to RAF families in need and support the morale and wellbeing of the serving RAF. They provide a spectrum of services that range from the 'Airplay' programme, supporting children growing up on RAF stations, to relationship counselling for RAF couples and respite breaks for RAF families and veterans.
Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA)
The RAF Association gives practical assistance, expert advice and emotional support to veterans and personnel of the RAF.
They advise on accessing pensions, compensation and welfare, provide sheltered housing as well as running programmes such as 'Storybook Wings' which supports children struggling with a parent who is not at home.
Newark RAFA Club is at 23a London Road, Newark NG24 1TN visit RAFA Newark and Sherwood Branch
Royal British Legion
RBL help all veterans of the Armed Forces and their families. They provide a range of services, from financial advise to respite breaks, specialist care homes and services to promote independent living, such as the 'Handy Van' service which helps ex-service people and their families with small household repairs and minor adaptations. They also help with health and hearing support.
SSAFA provide support in the community for anyone who is serving or has ever served in any area of the Armed Forces, as well as their families. The SSAFA provide a wide range of practical services including short breaks for service families, short-term housing during rehabilitation, specialist refuges, mentoring, mental health support and housing advice.
The Poppy Factory
The Poppy Factory supports ex-service men and women, of all ages and from all service, with health challenges into fulfilling careers. They provide coaching, guidance and support to those seeking work as well as working with employers to build toolkits and provide advice on employing and managing disabled and ex-forces men and women.
The White Ensign Association
The White Ensign Association provide guidance to all serving and former members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Naval Nursing Service as well as their families. They provide unbiased, unconfidential and free advice and 1-to-1 guidance on topics such as employment, finance, resettlement, transitioning to civilian life and accessing welfare services.
The Veterans' Gateway is the first point of contact for veterans whether they are based in the UK or abroad. They provide a single point of contact for veterans seeking advice and support of all types from healthcare and finances to personal relationships. They put veterans and their families in touch with the organisation(s) best suited to help.
The Nottinghamshire Veterans Together Group
The network is for veterans and their spouses aged 65 or older. It is a way to get veterans involved with projects and activities, such as cookery classes, music sessions, gardening and history projects. You can join an existing group or community organisations, or develop your own group. The group meets weekly in Toton and Netherfield.
Women's Royal Naval Service Benevolent Trust
Every female who joined the Royal Navy between 1 September 1939 and 1 November 1993 is a member of the trust. The Trust provides relief, both financial and advisory, to its members and their dependants in cases of necessity or distress. The Trust is also empowered, in suitable cases, to make grants for the education of its members.
Did you know?
There are Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Clubs across Nottinghamshire. A list of these can be searched via AFVBC listing. Some of those in and near the Newark and Sherwood District include:
The Newark Breakfast Club meets the last Saturday of every month in the Prince Rupert. Contact Keith Girling for further information.
The Newark Patriotic Fund holds breakfasts in the Bowls Club. Contact Newark Patriotic Fund for further information.
The Newark and District Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association holds coffee mornings three times per week and also advertises other events via its website. RAFA Newark and Sherwood
The Worksop Breakfast Club meets at 10am every Sunday at Yates in Victoria Square, Worksop.
Contact Simon Keith Tierney for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Retford Breakfast Club meets at 9am every Saturday at the Kings and Miller, North Road, Retford.
Contact Denis Scaife for more information: email@example.com
Nottingham-Rushcliffe Breakfast Club meets at 9.30am on the last Saturday of the month at the Goose in Gamston.
Search for 'Nottinghamshire Rushcliffe Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club' page on Facebook.
Reservist units and cadets
Use the map to search Reservist units within the district that include: