HIVE Directory: Support For Veterans

Age UK Portsmouth Joining Forces

Age UK Portsmouth run a Breakfast Club for veterans which takes place twice a month on the second Friday and the last Friday of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Bradbury Centre.

All ex-service personnel are welcome to come along, together with their partners, to socialise with other veterans, take part in the banter and enjoy a great breakfast.

Spaces are limited for the Breakfast Club so you will need to give us a ring in advance to book your place and pre-pay for your breakfast. The cost is £5.00 for a breakfast sandwich and a cup of tea or coffee.

Age UK Portsmouth provides free befriending support and a range of social activities for lonely or isolated military veterans and their dependants in Portsmouth and the surrounding area. The aim is to help older veterans stay independent and have greater confidence by providing friendly social contact, support and companionship.

16–18 Kingston Road
United Kingdom
02392 883506

Age UK Portsmouth Veterans Information Point

Providing free information and advice for Forces veterans and active service personnel in Portsmouth.

The Veterans Information Point is supported by the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity and Greenwich Hospital, and has been set up to offer free, independent and confidential information, advice and support to military veterans and active servicemen and women in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire.

The Veterans Information Point is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4:45pm (4.30pm on Fridays) at the Bradbury Centre. We can offer telephone advice or face-to-face office appointments and even home visits if necessary.

Issues we can help you with
• Benefits and entitlements including War and Armed Forces Pensions
• Leisure and social activities including access to regimental associations
• Applying for a service medal or Veterans Badge
• Mental health support including PTSD
• Housing options
• Money matters
• Energy efficiency for your home
• Staying independent at home
• Family and personal matters
• Coping with bereavement
• Wills and funeral planning
• Legal issues
• Signposting to other agencies for additional services and support

Welfare benefits
Benefits checks are one of our most common requests, and last year we were able to help claim over £1.3 million in benefits for people living in the Portsmouth area. It is estimated that every year over £3.5 billion of benefits go unclaimed across the country, with three million older people living below the poverty line.

Many people are put off claiming either by the complexity of the benefits system, or they assume they cannot claim anything because they have some savings or own their home.

Our Veterans Information Adviser and team of trained volunteers can check to see if you are entitled to claim any welfare or disability benefits, and can help you through the claims process from start to finish. If needed we can give you assistance filling in all of the forms.

16–18 Kingston Road
United Kingdom
02392 883500

All Call Signs

All Call Signs is a peer support organisation for all currently serving members of the UK Armed Forces and veterans.
We can also support immediate family members and partners in helping their loved ones or or accessing mental health and social support services themselves.

If you’re struggling with your mental health or are supporting someone who is, or you’re experiencing a complex social issue such as homelessness, substance misuse or poor quality of life, we can help.

023 9438 7914


Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, is dedicated to assisting serving and ex servicemen and women who have lost limbs or the use of a limb(s), or lost an eye or sight, during or after service. We support these men and women in their communities throughout the UK.

United Kingdom
020 8590 1124

Blind Veterans UK

Blind Veterans UK helps vision-impaired ex-Servicemen and women to rebuild their lives after sight loss.

We provide rehabilitation, training, practical advice and emotional support to veterans regardless of how or when they lost their sight. We’re here to help blind veterans regain their independence and live the life they choose.

0300 111 22 33

Building Heroes Property Services

Does your garden need a spruce up? Or do you have shelf that needs putting up?

Building Heroes Property Services operating throughout the UK including Portsmouth. The Charity Building Heroes, aim is to tackle unemployment among veterans. Through its training programs they now have a number of trained veterans who hope to put these skills to further good use, and have set up the property maintenance firm as a way to provide further employment, and raise money to put back into their centres. Typical things they will be able to do are plumbing , carpentry , decorating and much more.

For more information go to or call 0330 390 0940
Building Hero's are also looking for veterans to help with this service please email

0330 9126200

Citizens Advice - Armed Forces Benefits and Money Advice

Armed Forces Covenant – This is a service providing broad help and support to veterans, serving members of the armed forces and their families.

United Kingdom
023 9400 6600

Company of Makers

Company of Makers exists to support ex-Service personnel and their partners with transitioning from military to civilian life, no matter how long it’s been since they left the Armed Forces.

Cathedral House, Office 3
St Thomas' Street
Old Portsmouth
United Kingdom

Ex Forces Net - (Positive Transition)

Support for people transitioning out of the Armed Forces and into mainstream society covers aspects of employment and some briefings on finances and housing. Reports such as the Transition Mapping Study, Veterans Transition Review and Lifting the Lid on Transition support the need for a holistic model of support, yet nothing is changing quickly.

Our combined experience and the available evidence shows that an effective, holistic model of support must include consideration for the cultural and values-based obstacles to healthy transition that are unique to people leaving service, and must therefore be developed with the maximum possible input from the people who it is designed to support.

0344 888 9999 Monday – Friday

Fighting with Pride - The Military LGBT+ Charity

Fighting With Pride supports the health and wellbeing of LGBT+Veterans, service personnel and their families – in particular those most impacted by the ban on LGBT+ personnel serving in the Armed Forces prior to January 2000.

We are proud of the achievements of our serving LGBT+ personnel. They serve in every part of the Armed Forces and are supported at every level of command.

In stark contrast, and despite the passing of over 20 years since the ‘gay ban’ was finally lifted, no attempt has been made to support the recovery of the thousands of LGBT+ service personnel dismissed or forced from service prior to 2000.

We want to connect service charities and organisations to those LGBT+ veterans who have been left behind.