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 – 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 – 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 – Specialises in helping veterans with PTSD. Based on the concept of veterans supporting veterans, Colchester-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 Carp fishing and working with horses, and learn skills for employment.
Veterans Outreach Support – Still at the discussion stage and currently reviewing any potential conflict of interest.
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 and a free online veterans’ therapy service for dealing with service trauma, The Tommy Atkins Centre makes sure veterans within the community are fully supported.
Walnut Tree Health and Wellbeing – 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 – VAUK have recently withdrawn from being one of our beneficiaries and we're unaware of their substitute revenue source. The trustees of Save Our Soldier withdrew from being a beneficiary March 2018 and sadly closed the charity this April due to significant lack of funding - how ironic is that? The Veterans Raffle are expecting to be adding at least 2 more charities during May, or potentially sooner!
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.