Forward Assist Veteran Support Charity provides advice, information and guidance, ‘life changing’ projects and opportunities to former servicemen and women who are experiencing difficulties in adjusting to a new life as a civilian. Forward Assist’s programmes are particularly relevant for former servicemen and women who are experiencing homelessness or housing problems, are incarcerated in Prison or have involvement with the Criminal Justice System.
Many former forces personnel have alcohol and drug dependency issues and have difficulty accessing support in relation to mental health and/ or post-traumatic stress disorder. A large percentage of our referrals & group membership is disenfranchised from mainstream services and lack family support. They choose to not access existing services or are deemed inappropriate for existing provision. Often this is because of a lack of understanding in the civilian community of the Armed forces culture, individual behaviour and mannerisms or simply that they display multiple complex needs that overwhelm individual service deliverers. Forward Assist staff and volunteers seek out and ‘plug in’ colleagues to sympathetic and appropriate services.