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Forces Families

Support for HM Armed Forces personnel, Veterans and their families 

Whether you are currently in the Armed Forces or you are leaving the armed forces you and your family often need advice on issues including health, education, housing, training and jobs. The council is here to support you and your family with these issues.

Education: The moving schools pack

Employment: SORTED!

Housing: Options for service personel and veterans

NHS Veterans Care

Things to know:

Veterans Gateway App
The Veterans’ Gateway app helps veterans find support organisations in their area using their smartphone or tablet. These organisations cover both the Armed Forces sector and wider charity and not-for-profit sectors. Based on your location, you can access the support you need with finances, housing, employment, relationship, physical and mental health, and more. The directory, which is intuitive and easy to use, groups all NHS facilities across the country, and over 2,000 charitable organisations. You can either use the map tool to look for organisations in your area, or search by name, post code, or descriptive words (e.g. financial support).

There is a range of Covid-19 advice available through the app.

HM Forces Railcard
Serving members of the Armed Forces and their spouses may be eligible for an HM Forces Railcard, which offers up to 30 per cent off rail travel across England, Scotland and Wales. Visit the HM Forces Railcard website to order or renew your card, and to find out the eligibility criteria.

The railcard costs £21 per year and includes savings on most first and standard fares, including off-peak travel cards in London. Cards are valid for 12 months from the date of issue. Visit The Royal British Legion for more information.

30 Hours Funded Childcare
30 hours free childcare codes issued by HMRC are not valid for use overseas.

To ensure eligible Service personnel and MOD Civilians have access to 30 hours free childcare overseas, the MOD (not HMRC) administers and funds 30 hours free childcare, either free of charge in MOD settings or by means of Overseas Nursery Allowance (ONA) in isolated areas. Read more here.

Do you know about the Armed Forces Convenant?

The aim of the Cornwall Community Covenant is to encourage support for the Armed Forces Community stationed and residing in Cornwall and to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces Community which includes serving and former armed forces personnel, veterans, their families and widowers in Cornwall.

Find out more and view all support available, by using the links above or visiting the Cornwall Council website. 

Alternatively, use these contact details to find out more:

Assurance Service

Jane Pascoe Buchanan 
Cabinet and Chairman Support Officer 
County Hall 
Treyew Road 

01872 322571

Email the covenent team

Email Jane Pascoe Buchanan

Useful Contacts

The Veterans Gateway

Veterans’ Gateway is the first point of contact for veterans seeking support on a broad range of issues including health, housing and employment. The site is also a valuable resource for professionals assisting veteran clients.  The team are available 24/7 and have expertise in accessing and signposting the most appropriate organisation for you. Alternatively, you can search the site yourself to find what support is available in your area. Messaging options are also available.

The Royal British Legion

We are here to administer and support the delivery of welfare services and the membership and fundraising activities of the Legion's branches and clubs throughout Cornwall.

SSAFA, The Armed Forces charity

We want our Armed Forces (both Regular and Reserves), veterans and their families to know they can depend on SSAFA for support now and for the rest of their lives. Our values mean we are committed, practical and understanding.

Royal Air Force Families Federation

The RAF Families Federation provides all RAF personnel and their families - Regular and Reserve, single or married - with timely and professional support, assistance and an independent voice regarding issues or concerns that they may have.

Army Families Federation

AFF is the voice of the Army family. It empowers, acts as an advocate and an expert witness to promote a quality of life, which reflects the Armed Forces Covenant.

Naval Families Federation

Our vision is for all Naval Service Families to be able to have their views heard by those in positions of power, feel valued and to be treated with fairness and respect and be able to thrive in their communities of choice.

Cornwall Mobility

We are an independent charity and are completely impartial in our choice of suppliers of services or equipment. We will always first assess your need before suggesting a solution to meet your particular circumstances.

The Handy Van service

The Legion's handy van service helps ex-Service people and their families with small household repairs and minor adaptations.

Surf Action

Surf Action is a military charity dedicated to supporting serving and ex-serving members of the Armed Forces and their families who suffer from the effects of PTSD, Physical injury or have difficulty re-adjusting to civilian life.

Turn to Starboard

Turn to Starboard is a registered charity using sail training to support Armed Forces personnel affected by military operations. They help retired and serving personnel and their families.

Help for Heroes

Our mission is to deliver an enduring national network of support for our wounded and their families. We will inspire and enable those who have made sacrifices on our behalf to achieve their full potential.

Combat Stress

Combat Stress is the UK's leading Veterans' mental health charity.

Citizens' Advice

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.

Active Plus

Uses the skills, experience and expertise of injured military veterans to deliver unique programmes that build confidence, communication, motivation and self-belief,  unlocking and nurturing the potential of participants, regardless of their background and circumstance.

Medals and honours

A guide to medals and honours for service personel and veterans.

Apply for a medal

If you're ex-armed forces and didn't claim your medals at the time contact the Medal Office The next of kin of ex-armed forces are also entitled to claim any medals that had not been awarded.

The Honours system

The Honours system recognises people who have made acheivements in public life and/or committed themselves to serving and helping Britain. Anyone can nominate someone for an honour.

A full website of Cornwall's War History details Records, Maps and much more including where you can find war memorials in Cornwall.

A modest hero, Reg Philp, from North Cornwall was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for outstanding gallantry and leadership.

Lieutenant Robert John Davies, born in Newlyn, was awarded the George Cross for the heroism he displayed in defusing a bomb which threatened to detroy St Pauls Cathedral on 12 September 1940. Full details availble via the Comprehensive Guide to the Victoria Cross and the George Cross.

Search for a war memorial on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

Search for the war dead at cemeteries in Cornwall using the Cornwall Council Records Office website.

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