HIVE Directory: Support For Veterans

Age UK Portsmouth Joining Forces Portsmouth

Joining Forces 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. Our aim is to help older veterans stay independent and have greater confidence by providing friendly social contact, support and companionship.

Our Veterans’ Breakfast Club takes place twice a month on the second Friday and the last Friday of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm

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 at the Bradbury Centre café.
Spaces are limited 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.

16–18 Kingston Road
United Kingdom
02392 883506

AGE UK Portsmouth Special Advice Service

For many veterans, and consequently their families as well, leaving the Services and settling into civilian life can often prove challenging. Without the familiar support network of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families can sometimes feel lonely and isolated and find it difficult to integrate into the local civilian community. They may also experience health or financial difficulties and are often unaware of what types of help and support might be available to them. In order to address these types of issues Age UK Portsmouth has been awarded funding from the Armed Forces Covenant to set up the Special Advice Service, in partnership with CESSA Housing Association, to provide practical support and advice to veterans’ spouses, families and carers.

02392 883506

Age UK Portsmouth Veterans Information Point

Veterans Information Point
Provide free information and advice for Forces veterans and active service personnel in Portsmouth. Issues we can help with include benefits and entitlements including War and Armed Forces Pensions, applying for a service medal or Veterans Badge, Mental health support including PTSD and much more.

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.

02394 387914


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

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 390 0940

Citizens Advice - Armed Forces Benefits and Money Advice

Information on financial help available to people currently serving in the armed forces, veterans and dependents, covering benefits, help with school, child care and travel costs and sources of further help.

United Kingdom
023 9400 6600

Company of Makers

Open as normal. Opening hours may have changed and Adhering to strict Government COVID-19 Advice.

The Company of Makers design and make products inspired by the British military's influence on pop culture.

Broad Street
Old Portsmouth
United Kingdom
02392 367309

Ex Forces Net

COVID-19 Update: Internet and/or Telephone Based

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.

Please check out the links below for Transition Support and Interview Techniques.

07833 584116

Fighting with Pride - The Military LGBT+ Charity

COVID-19 Update: Internet and/or Telephone Based

Fighting with Pride (FWP) is the LGBT+ Military Charity. We support LGBT+ Veterans serving personnel and their families, particularly those who served before the lifting of the ‘gay ban’ on 12th January 2000.

FWP also supports other Veteran supporting organisations with expert ‘lived experience’ signposting and guidance. Please contact us if you are a veteran or member of the Armed Forces via our website if you need support.

We also welcome enquiries from any organisation supporting LGBT+ service personnel or veterans which wishes to develop their LGBT+ support capacity.