Hastoe Homes, Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council are very pleased to be working together to support the Armed Forces Community.
There are many disadvantages that come with military service which can affect not only the serving person but their families too and sometimes these disadvantages or experiences during service can remain with a person or family long after they have completed their service.
Am I a member of the Armed Forces Community?
You are a member of the Armed Forces Community if you fit any of the descriptions below:
Regulars - Individuals currently serving as members of the naval service including the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, Army or Royal Air Force.
Reservists - Volunteer Reservists, who form the Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Marine Reserve, Territorial Army and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force and Regular Reservists, who comprise the Royal Fleet Reserve, Army Reserve and Royal Air Force Reserve.
Veterans - Those that have served at least one day in HM Armed Forces, whether as a regular or reservist.
Their families - The immediate family of the categories listed above. This is defined as spouses, civil partners and children for whom they are responsible, but can extend to parents, unmarried partners and other family members.
The bereaved – The immediate family of service personnel and veterans who have died, whether or not that death has any connection with service.
If you fall into any of the above category, you may be eligible for support from many national charities and support organisations.
What support can I access?
Forces Connect App
The Forces Connect app is completely free and provides links to and information about local and national support for the Armed Forces Community and you can either search 'Forces Connect' in your app store or download them below:
Breakfast and Brunch Clubs
There are several armed forces breakfast and brunch clubs spread all across the country. The purpose of these breakfast clubs is to to facilitate the Armed Forces Community meeting in person in a relaxed, safe, social environment to enjoy breakfast and banter, to combat loneliness and allow veterans to 'return to the tribe'.
There are no fees or subs, you will simply need to pay for your own breakfast.
Models for Heroes
Models for Heroes (M4H) is the first charitable organisation in the UK to support the use of model making hobbies within former and current Armed Forces and Emergency Service Personnel in the United Kingdom. It provides all the kits, glue and paint and are all about sitting down with a cup of tea and building models in a relaxed environment with likeminded people.
Getting involved is easy and you can self-refer here or learn how you can get support through the organisation.
There is a good network of national support available. Take a look at the options below to see how each organisation is able to support you.