Welfare Information

25 Mar 2020

Since we issued our first update on 8 March government guidance and policy has changed significantly and we need to take that into account in the way the Association conducts itself for the next 12 weeks at least.

Association and Branch Meetings and Functions

As a result all Association and branch meetings and functions are cancelled or postponed for at least the next 12 weeks and until the policy on social distancing is suffici...

8 Mar 2020

Association members are advised to follow government and NHS guidelines on coronavirus particularly in respect of personal hygiene (handwashing/coughs/sneezes), travel, self-isolation and what to do if you think you are infected.  Details can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ .   This advice may change so it should be checked regularly.

Although there is as yet no ban on public gatherings bran...

22 Jan 2020

Military veterans to get cut-price train travel

  • new railcard, available from Armistice Day this year, will help boost veterans’ job prospects and strengthen family bonds through cheaper travel

  • over 830,000 eligible for a third off their fares, saving veterans and their families hundreds of pounds a year

  • discount forms part of government’s new veterans strategy to support former servicemen and women


8 Jan 2020

The Battle Back Centre (BBC) at the National Sports Centre (Lilleshall) is funded by The Royal British Legion (TRBL) and runs 5-day residential courses for a maximum of 24 students. The Army provides the staff to command and care for students while at the Centre, TRBL provides the support staff, and coaches from Carnegie Great Outdoors (Leeds Beckett University) deliver the training.

The BBC provides adaptive sport and adventu...

17 Dec 2019

The 2020 dates for The Veterans' Pain Clinic for Veterans' Health, King Edward VII's Hospital, have been released.

The Veterans Pain Clinic offers advice and guidance on all pain related issues and is free of charge to all veterans who are able to provide proof of service.  The costs will be covered by the Hospitals' Military Grants Fund charity.

Clinic dates for 2020 are as follows:

  • 20 January

  • 17 February

  • 23 March


1 Dec 2019

Do you need advice and support on housing, employment or other welfare needs?

The Armed Forces Outreach Service can help you

Tel: Housing Solutions on 03000 268000

Email: armedforcesoutreachworker@durham.gov.uk

21 Oct 2019

Does your GP Practice know that you're a Veteran?  If not or if you are unsure you should contact your GP practice and ensure your Veteran status is recorded in your medical notes.  All GP practices in the Mid Yorkshire Health Trust area have the facility in their medical records systems to record that a patient is a Veteran.

Being flagged as a veteran in your NHS medical notes will help to ensure that you are ab...

30 Apr 2019

The NHS North of England team have published a patient information leaflet for the Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service.

The leaflet can be viewed and downloaded here

For more information about How the NHS can help if you're in military service or a veteran visit the NHS Armed Forces and Veterans Health website

24 Mar 2019

Today some 300 army veterans call the Royal Hospital Chelsea home. The Hospital offers independent living in a sheltered housing environment intended for those who, upon admission, are self-caring and able to live independently with extra support where required but without the need for nursing care.

To be eligible for admission as a Chelsea Pensioner, a candidate must be a former non-commissioned officer or soldier of the Briti...

21 Feb 2019

Designed to complement existing local services, this fully funded, RBLI "LifeWorks" course has an excellent track record in equipping, delegates for a speedy return to work, volunteering, or further education.

The course is not Powerpoint based and it is not a CV writing course - rather it is a course which responds to the needs of the individual.  Whilst all attendees will be guaranteed to leave the course with a good quality...

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