Helpful Organisations And Links
NHS Medical Assistance
For Veterans in England: NHS 111 service – NHS Choices. Call 111 when you need medical help fast but it is not a 999 emergency
For veterans in Scotland: www.scot.nhs.uk or call 111
For Veterans in Wales: www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk or call 0845 46 47 (hard of hearing), 111 may be available but limited in Wales.
For Veterans in Northern Ireland: www.nidirect.gov.uk. Telephone contact details are available from the website.
The Veterans Gateway service is the first point of contact for all Tri-Service veterans, and their families.
Its expert content covers welfare areas: housing, employment, finances, living independently, mental wellbeing, families and communities, and physical health.
Its unique support (both in the UK and abroad) is funded by the Armed Forces Covenant.
And supported by charities and organisations and individuals, including the the National Health Service (NHS), the Government of the United Kingdom (GOV.UK) and the Ministry of Defence (MOD).
Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion is at the heart of a national network that supports our Armed Forces community.
We’re here through thick and thin – ensuring their unique contribution is never forgotten. We’ve been here since 1921 and we’ll be here as long as they need us.
We are the country’s largest Armed Forces charity, with 180,000 members, 110,000 volunteers and a network of partners and charities; helping us give support wherever and whenever it’s needed.
Helpline 0808 802 8080 or www.britishlegion.org.uk
The Soldiers, Sailors & Airmen Families Association
Whatever they’re facing – from debt or addiction to mental health problems – our Forces and their families can rely on SSAFA and our personalised support to help them through it, for as long as it takes to get that person’s life back to where they want it to be.
When anyone in our Forces family finds themselves in need, SSAFA is the charity they can turn to. Whether it’s financial, practical or emotional, we provide the right kind of support, ensuring independence and dignity is protected at all times.
Confidential Forces Line 0800 731 1619 or 01980 630 854
Our aim is to treat veterans’ symptoms and improve their quality of life. We want to help veterans tackle their past and take on the future.
Veterans with complex mental health conditions need a specialist team made up of different mental health professionals to help them and we provide this. Our clinicians work closely with each other and the veteran to develop a treatment plan that best suits their needs.
We directly employ our own clinical staff to provide our highly specialised treatment to UK veterans at our centres in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Our treatment is available online, in the community, through outpatient appointments and also on a residential basis when required.
Veterans UK Urgent Help
Run by the Ministry of Defence, We provide free support for veterans and their families, including a helpline, Veterans Welfare Service, Defence Transition Services and injury/bereavement compensation scheme payments.
Our helpline staff offer specific advice on war disablement pension and armed forces compensation scheme claims. The helpline also offers advice on other issues including benefits, pensions, loans and grants, emergency accommodation, finding a job, retraining, health issues, welfare concerns, service records and medals.
Other Helpful Organisations
Togetherall is a safe, online community where people support each other anonymously to improve mental health and wellbeing.
Millions of people in the UK have access via their participating employer, university, college, NHS provider or local council. All armed forces personnel, veterans and their families (16+) also have free access.
If you serve in the Armed Forces – or used to – this information is for you and your family. Find out about help you can get in the UK and abroad, including help with education and travel costs. There are many different kinds of financial help available for people in the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.
Armed Forces Covenant
As a veteran of the armed forces, you continue to be a part of the armed forces community. The Armed Forces Covenant can help you in your life as a veteran. Some policies will apply to you and others will not. This section will direct you to the right place on GOV.UK and other trusted resources so that you can see what is available.
Blind Veterans UK
At Blind Veterans UK, we provide veterans with rehabilitation, training, practical advice and emotional support.
We’re one transformational team that believes every vision-impaired veteran should be able to lead the life they choose. Together we can help rebuild lives after sight loss.
Age UK is the country’s leading charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. The over-60s is the fastest-growing group in society and there are more of us than ever before.
At Age UK we provide services and support at a national and local level to inspire, enable and support older people.
Our Friends and Other Links
Haslar Heritage Group
The group consists (currently) of ex-members of staff, both military and civil who have and hold an interest in the history of Haslar and are working with the owner of Haslar regarding the plans for site.
Current members of the group all have a background in working within Haslar in specific departments and share an understanding of both Haslar and the buildings on the site.
The group are currently working in conjunction with the owner’s management regarding the provision of a ‘Visitor’s centre’ in order to present the history of Haslar and the Royal Naval Medical and Dental Branch.
We have a reunion and Annual General Meeting held in at selected venues across the country. Our 2008 AGM was held at The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. This is home to the Armed Forces Memorial, a stunning structure unveiled in October 2007, which is engraved with the names of all those service personnel who have died whilst on duty or from acts of terrorism since the second world war.
RN Memorabilia – Forever Jack
Forever Jack is run by Jack an ex killick Bunting from way back in the 80’s. With the help of his fellow directors and a small team of Sprogs the company provides bespoke gifts, goods and Gizzits to serving and retired members of Her Majesties Royal Navy.
When the company was founded we registered with Companies House and the Inland Revenue so you can be assured that we are accountable and fully legitimate giving you peace of mind.
Navy List Research
A UNIQUE AND INSTANT SEARCH FACILITY
Here you can conduct your own on-line research into the information contained in the last 50 years’ serving officer Navy Lists, currently over 77,500 officers’ records, which give career information on all officers who served during that period, and also on-line research information on retired officers who were listed in Retired Lists and alive in 1973.
Artworks of Royal Navy ships – Jacks Taxi
This site has been created for all those men and women who have served at sea in the Royal Navy. In it you will find over 2000 short run limited edition artworks of Royal Navy ships past and present, plus many foreign naval and civilian ships, all created by ex-RN Cook and digital artist Nick Barwis.
We also have well over 500 framed ships crests, FAA Squadron Crests, RFA, Army Regimental and RAF Squadron crests on site.
Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society
Since 1839, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society has provided financial assistance to fishermen and mariners and their dependants who have suffered hardship, misfortune or poverty, as a result of an accident, illness, disability, unemployment or retirement.
The people we help are mainly retired or permanently disabled seafarers and their widows/partners. Beneficiaries are typically aged 50 and above (although of course we consider enquiries from people of all ages) and have backgrounds in the fishing industry and Merchant Navy. Their sea service may have included time in the Royal Navy as well.
RNH Stonehouse Reunion Website Picture Albums
A picture gallery which links with the RNH Stonehouse website detailed above.
It contains hundreds of photographs of RNH Stonehouse, its events and people over the years. Also many pictures of other RN Hospitals.