The Veterans Raffle supports:
Building Heroes – With more than 120,000 unemployed military veterans in Britain and a growing shortfall of skills in the construction industry, Building Heroes provides training to military veterans and support into employment in the building trades. In their own words, they: “tackle unemployment amongst those who have kept us safe by offering them a seamless transition to a new career in construction”.
Forces Online – A registered non-profit making organisation run purely by volunteers, Forces Online has a number of charitable aims and initiatives. These include raising money to support Holly Court Veterans Centre.
Forgotten Veterans UK – An initiative that supports all service veterans in need, Forgotten Veterans UK (FVUK) lends a hand to servicemen and women from all walks of life. This might include: financial assistance, more general advice and support, befriending and acting as a gateway to organisations offering more specialist assistance.
Help a Squaddie – For the past three years, this non-profit organisation has been helping socially and economically disadvantaged ex-military personnel and their families in the Midlands to develop their social skills. At their twice monthly free drop-in centre, Help a Squaddie provides everything from therapy for PTSD to advice on housing and benefits.
Phoenix Heroes – This non-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) specialises in helping veterans with PTSD. Based on the concept of veterans supporting veterans, Leicester-based Phoenix Heroes works with local organisations as a support platform to find places for veterans and their families in outdoor group activity programmes where they do things such as fishing and horse-riding and learn skills for employment.
PHP Active CIC – Working with local and national agencies to develop and support community physical activity interventions for military veterans, PHP Active has links with both professional and amateur sports clubs. They work wonders in helping ex-military personnel readjust to civilian life by providing opportunities to improve physical and mental health, with activities from walking and cycling to archery and golf, as well as developmental training and social initiatives.
Service Dogs UK – Because life is better with a dog, Service Dogs UK trains and provides PTSD assistance dogs to support members of the armed forces and emergency services. Covering an area of West Sussex, Surrey and East and North Hampshire, they train four-legged friends to help their owners deal with common PTSD issues from nightmares and flashbacks to anxiety and forgetting to take medication.
The Tommy Atkins Centre – Combining a drop-in service in Worcester, a free online veterans’ therapy service for dealing with service trauma and working with Combat Stress (the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health), The Tommy Atkins Centre (TAC) makes sure veterans within the community are fully supported.
Walnut Tree Health and Wellbeing – A CIC initiative that provides recovery activities, crisis support, coaching and mentoring to emergency service personnel and members of the armed forces with complex mental health needs such as addiction, Walnut Tree Health and Wellbeing – who uses the mantra #BeSmartGetHelp – believes in mindfulness as a crucial tool for our veterans and runs courses for the families of those suffering with mental health issues.
Veterans Association UK – A registered charity committed to helping veterans, serving military and their families with housing, mental health, physical disability and social welfare issues, The Veterans Association UK (VAUK) helps UK emergency services veterans too. Just one of the excellent projects they undertake includes training caseworkers and regional coordinators to high standards to ensure veterans receive the best quality of care and support available.
Please contact us if you would like the Veterans Raffle to support your charity or indeed if you are a member of the public and would like to recommend a charity for support.