Prevent and community cohesion

The Armed Forces Covenant in Hounslow

The armed forces covenant logo.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treatly fairly.

Hounslow Armed Forces Covenant

The aim of the London Borough of Hounslow Armed Forces Covenant (AFC) is to encourage charities, local businesses, communities and individuals to work together with the armed forces (all) to offer support to service personnel and their families as well as reservists and veterans. 

The aims of the Covenant are:

  • to encourage local communities to support the armed forces community in their areas, and vice versa

  • to promote understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting the armed forces community

  • to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by the armed forces community

  • to encourage activities which help to integrate the armed forces community into local life

Service Charities and Organisations

Below is a flavour of the online support services available to armed forces personnel - for list of others please review the SSAFA site here https://www.ssafa.org.uk/

Contact

Description

Contact Details

Armed Forces General Support & Gateway Services.

 

Veterans Gateway

Veterans' Gateway, is the first point of contact for veterans seeking support, putting veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need. From healthcare, housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and much more.

 

https://www.veteransgateway.org.uk

08‍08 80‍2 12‍12

SSAFA the Armed Forces Charity

SSAFA - provides practical support and assistance to servicemen and women, veterans and families with dedicated welfare and benefits advice, health and social care support. It offers specialised support for bereaved families and those who are wounded, injured or sick.

SSAFA - offer a Gurkha Service a specialist Nepali language service for members of the Brigade of Gurkhas and their relatives.

https://www.ssafa.org.uk/

Contact Forcesline on

0800 731 4880


 

Royal British Legion

Provides practical support for serving men and women, veterans (ex-service of all ages) and their families. It provides help with finances, living independently, mental well-being, care homes finding employment or starting a business. They also support respite breaks.

https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/

Contact 0808 802 8080 -8am to 8pm

(7 days per week).

Citizen Advice Bureau (CAB)

Hounslow

CAB provide free, independent confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. CAB aim to improve the policies and practices that affect people's lives. They offer specific advice online for the Armed Forces community

0300 330 1185

http://www.hounslowcabs.org.uk/

Military Advocacy Service

The seAp Military Advocacy Service supports veterans, reservists and their direct families, with health, housing, financial, family and social issues. Their specialist service offers understanding and appreciates the distinct needs of veterans. Their advocacy work helps get armed forces personnel lives back on track.

0330 440 9000

military@seap.org.uk

Health Support

Combat Stress

Mental health charity which works with veterans and members of the Reserve forces.

0800 138 1619

www.combatstress.org.uk

 

Help for Heroes - Hidden Wounds

 

 

 

 

Help for Heroes - recovery centres

Mental health and wellbeing service providing free and confidential support to Ex-service personnel, their families and the families of those still serving. Those living with anxiety, depression, stress, anger or those wishing to change their alcohol habits.

 

Provides a range of support and services for wounded, injured and sick serving (Regulars & Reserves) and ex-service personnel who have suffered illness and or injuries in the service of the Nation.

 

 

0808 2020 144

www.helpforheroes.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

01980 844200

 

 

Housing

Hounslow Borough Council Housing Advice Team

Hounslow housing services is operated from our new building at Hounslow House, 7 Bath Road, Hounslow TW3 3EB. Check online for times of operational. Please note, Hounslow affirms support for those who serve or have served through its commitment to the AFC.

www.hounslow.gov.uk/info/20000/housing

Homeless / Shelter

Provides advice and guidance on issues relation to housing and homelessness

0808 800 4444

www.england.shelter.org.uk/get_advice

 

 Hounslow Council was the first local authority in London to set up a Community Military Partnership Board to pledge support and to take this work forward.

* Councillor Bishnu Gurung is the Armed Forces Champion (Elected member) 2019.

Further information on the Armed Forces Covenant

Covenant Grant Fund.

The Covenant Fund offers grants of up to £20,000 for projects that respond to the local needs of the Armed Forces community and improve recognition of the Armed Focese Covenant, and that:

  • help to integrate Armed Forces and civilian communities, or

  • deliver valuable local services to the Armed Forces community.

Applications for funding can be made by any part of the community (volunteer groups, charities, schools and other public bodies).

Information on how to apply https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/apply-for-funding/

If you would like to discuss your application or would like further information on the Hounslow Armed Forces covenant, please contact Joan Conlon at joan.conlon@hounslow.gov.uk

 

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