Support for Armed Forces Veterans
Our covenant commitment
We acknowledge and recognise the service provided by our Armed Forces Veterans in addition to the sacrifices that they and their families make.
A Veteran of the British Armed Forces is defined by the Government as any person of any age who has served in the Armed Forces, regardless of the length of time of service and whether or not they have been involved in a conflict.
Few career changes require as much adjustment as that of leaving the military and returning to a civilian lifestyle. Veterans of the Armed Forces often find that their life of strict routine and structure bears no resemblance to that of the average UK citizen, and more often than not, that the outside world has moved on significantly since they enlisted.
It is not uncommon for veterans to struggle with this transition, and it is of paramount importance that these brave men and women understand that help is available to them and their families should they need it.
We are committed to supporting the armed forces community and we have further strengthened this commitment by signing the Armed Forces Covenant with our Greater Manchester Housing Providers partners in 2018, in recognition of the sacrifices the Armed Forces make on behalf of the country. It is not designed to give the armed forces, veterans and their families preferential treatment compared with other people, but it should ensure that they are not placed at a disadvantage as a result of their service. The aim is to bring together the armed forces community and civilian community on a local level, nurturing mutual understanding and raising awareness of issues faced by the armed forces veterans the families of those currently still serving.
For more information about the background of the Armed Forces Covenant go to the covenant policy here.
You can also read the Armed Forces Covenant promise in full here
Is this support for me?
If you are a member of the armed forces, a veteran, or a family member, the Armed Forces Covenant offers a wide variety of support to ensure you are being treated fairly.
If you are a business, or a community organisation, you can find out how to show your support.
This site will help direct you to the most relevant information regarding policies, services and projects that you can benefit from.
Visit Armed Forces Covenant guidance and support for information on the breadth of the covenant and the support it provides.
What support networks are available?
Veterans UK is the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) dedicated veterans support organisation. It provides assistance on many issues including MOD’s injury and bereavement compensation schemes, armed forces pensions, benefits, housing and welfare.
Free Helpline (UK only): 0808 1914 218
Telephone (overseas): +44 1253 866 043
Mon - Thurs: 7:30am to 6:30pm
Fri: 7:30am to 5pm
Visit Veterans UK for more information: www.gov.uk/veterans-uk
The Veterans Gateway is the first point of contact for veterans seeking support: www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/support-and-advice/veterans/vg/
Visit Household Quotes for more information on housing and financial assistance: www.householdquotes.co.uk/help-for-veterans/
Find out more about the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee who serve and support ex servicemen and women, their widows or widowers and their immediate family members by visiting: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/veterans-advisory-and-pensions-committees-x13/about
Formally known as Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Family Association.
For more information, visit: www.ssafa.org.uk/greater-manchester
THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
For more information, visit: www.britishlegion.org.uk/
WALKING WITH THE WOUNDED
For more information, visit: https://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/