Supporting the Armed Forces
We work with the military to boost the benefits of the Armed Forces in Christchurch.
We work together as the Dorset Military Civilian Integration Sponsor Group. It is a forum for us and the military to:
respond to any military changes taking place in the county
measure and develop the economic contribution of the military to Christchurch
embrace the skills offered by military personnel and their families
adapt services to meet the changing needs of the military and their families
spot opportunities for regeneration and attracting businesses to the area
contribute to building sustainable communities
ensure Dorset remains an attractive location for long term investment by the MOD
Support for veterans and their families
Veterans, their families and carers can get to lots of different types of support.
A veterans is as anyone who has served for at least one day:
in HM Armed Forces (Regular or Reserve)
as a Merchant Navy Seafarers
as a Fishermen who have served in a vessel whilst it helped military operations by HM Armed Forces
Service leavers should have had a copy of the Service Leavers Guide from Veterans UK. The guide is full of helpful advice.
You can also contact the free Veterans Helpline on 0808 1914218.
Serving members should contact their Unit Welfare Officer for advice.
Find out more about childcare support.
Education, learning and job support
Finance and welfare support
Other financial support:
The Rewards for Forces discount scheme offer discounts from lots of retailers and services.
On leaving the Armed Forces, you will need to register with your local NHS GP.
Make sure that your GP knows what they need to about your current health. You should have a record of your health history given to you on discharge. You should have details about how your GP can get your medical records.
If you have a health problem that you think relates to your service, you may wish to raise this with your GP. They may be able to get you a faster referral for any hospital care you may need. This will be subject to the clinical needs of others.
NHS Healthcare gives advice for military personnel and veterans. Their advice includes getting treatment, contacts and rehabilitation.
Other health support:
Get advice and information about adult social care and support services in Christchurch. It includes:
support at home
help for carers
NHS health checks
Charity for vision-impaired ex-Service people.
Find details of the help for victims of domestic abuse and violence.
Dorset has a range of services to help those affected by substance misuse.
Dorset Healthcare offers holistic care for people who are approaching death. The also help people to live as well as possible until they die and support family and carers.
Hidden Wounds is a free and psychological wellbeing service. It helps veterans and their families to manage the challenges of living with anxiety, depression and stress. Support is available by phone, Skype and face to face.
Being on active service can lead to mental health problems. Issues can occur some time after discharge. Services that can help:
Steps to Wellbeing is a free confidential service for people aged 18+. There are a range of treatments for people experiencing depression and anxiety.
Combat Stress offers support to ex-service men people on mental health issues. Including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, and anxiety.
The Big White Wall is a safe 24/7 online community of people who are anxious, down or not coping. They support and help by sharing their troubles, guided by trained professionals.
Find out more about housing support.