Help for armed forces personnel and their families

Useful organisations

There are many organisations you can speak to for help or support.

Name of organisation Service
The Veterans' Gateway The Veterans’ Gateway aims to be the first point of contact for veterans or their families. They'll help to find you the right support or service – no matter where you are or what you need.
103 Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers)

Lieutenant Colonel Rich Jordan
01744 697820

Representing the Ministry of Defence across the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester.

Army Families Federation (AFF)

AFF contacts

AFF is the voice of the Army family. It empowers, acts as an advocate and an expert witness to promote a quality of life, which reflects the Armed Forces Covenant.

Get in touch with your Regional Manager or Liaison Officer if you need help around any issue. You can access confidential advice without revealing your identity.

Blind Veterans UK

0800 389 7979

The charity is reaching out to the tens of thousands of ex-Service men and women who are now battling severe sight loss, who could be eligible for support but who currently do not realise it. It doesn’t matter when or how a veteran lost their sight, or when they served, Blind Veterans UK can help. If you care for a veteran with sight loss, or know someone who does, request Blind Veterans UK’s free, lifelong support.
Commando Veterans Association Find information regarding commandos including on units, campaigns and equipment insignia.
Fusiliers Association Lancashire Find details of local branches, events and contact information.
Healthcare for the armed forces community Healthcare information and support for the UK's 10 million-strong armed forces community, including serving personnel, reservists, families and veterans.
Military Veterans Service An NHS psychological therapy service working with British ex-service personnel, across the North West. Their aim is to improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of ex-service personnel and their families.
Rochdale Fusiliers Association 

Tom Bailey
01706 667151 / 07957 766470

Goals are to maintain contact with ex-members of the Regiment and to provide help towards their welfare needs.
SSAFA Forces Help

0800 731 4880
SSAFA helps the armed forces community by providing direct support to individuals in need of physical or emotional care.
The Royal British Legion – Manchester
0161 638 9247
The Royal British Legion, Lowry House, 17 Marble Street, Manchester M2 3AW

A voice for the armed forces community.
Veterans in Communities

01706 833180
Veterans in Communities (VIC) is an East Lancashire based Armed Forces charity that works across Rossendale, Pendle, Burnley, Hyndburn, Ribble, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale.

VIC supports those who have served in any of the branches of the armed forces, emergency services and their families who have or are having difficulties with returning to ‘Civvy Street’.
Veterans UK

Provides pay, pension and support services to both military personnel and the veterans community, directly serving around 900,000 members of the Armed Forces community.​