Last updated: 23 October 2023

Next review: 17 October 2024

The government provides £10m a year to UK-wide projects that benefit the Armed Forces community. Projects range from building new nurseries in areas where the Armed Forces families live to funding community events that increase understanding between service and non-service communities within the same area.

Applications can be submitted by charities, incorporated voluntary and community sector organisations and other local organisations.

Find out how to apply for funding from the Covenant Grant Fund.

Veterans Gateway  Support service that can be contacted 24 hours 7 days a week for help across housing, mental wellbeing, finances and more.

Support services for serving personnel and their families: Defence and armed forces: Support services for military and defence personnel and their families detailed information available on GOV.UK website 

Support services for veterans and their families: Defence and armed forces: Support services for veterans and their families detailed information available on GOV.UK website

Also the Veterans' Gateway advice and support for veterans and ex-forces.

Debt Free Advice  provide expert advice if you are experiencing problem debt. 

National Debt Line is an independent debt advice service providing free advice over the phone and online. They also provide practical support on their website such as budgeting tools. 

Combat Stress provide clinical treatment and support for veterans with a focus on complex mental health issues. They can be contacted 24 hours 7 days a week on 0800 138 1619 and

Help for Heroes helps veterans and those from the Armed Forces community live well after service and help people with their physical and mental health and a range of welfare issues.

AFA The Armed Forces Charity one of the UK’s oldest national tri-service military charity providing welfare, health and support services for veterans, military serving personnel and their families.

Haig Housing Trust  have served the British veteran community for over 100 years and assist eligible veterans in housing need, whether they are transitioning into civilian life or are simply in need of a helping hand.

STOLL is a leading provider of affordable, high-quality supported housing and support services to vulnerable and disabled veterans to they can lead fulfilling and independent lives.

Support for Refugees

Waltham Forest has a long history of accepting refugees fleeing persecution or conflict. We are proud of the diversity within our borough and will continue to make it a welcoming place for people who want to make Waltham Forest their home.

In December 2022, Full Council passed a motion committing to become a Borough of Sanctuary, where migrants and people seeking sanctuary are valued and empowered to thrive, build lives, and have the agency to make choices for themselves and their families. Find below organisations and programmes offering support to refugees who have supported the British Armed Forces

Afghan resources 

Support and assistance for afghan interpreters and ex military personnel