Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire (Aged Veterans Fund)
We provide a range of services aimed at raising awareness of the issues faced by older and ex-members of the armed forces and enabling them to lead fuller lives. This service covers all of North Yorkshire and is funded by the Aged Veterans Fund at the Ministry of Defence using LIBOR funds.
At a glance
We are committed to contributing to and widening the existing support available for older veterans across the County. We offer person-centred practical, financial, and holistic support – from hardship grants to arts and crafts to befriending. Veterans will have the opportunity to try new things, revisit old interests, or benefit from new and improved connections to their community.
We work closely with our delivery partners and other service charities to carry out this work. Please get in touch for more information or to find out how you can work with us.
What support do we offer to older veterans?
- healthy lifestyle advice and resources
- support to keep warm, safe and well at home and maintain independence for longer
- opportunities to take part in new activities or revisit old hobbies
- telephone befriending (face-to-face available in some districts)
- home visits and gardening
- financial support and grants
- specialist advice and advocacy
- support for carers and families
- ex-Gurkha community outreach (Richmondshire)
- trips, events and days out
If the support you need is not covered above, please get in touch and we will do our best to work with you or find the right organisation who can.
Make a Referral
You must have served in the armed forces OR completed National Service conscription OR worked in the Merchant Navy in support of the military at some time (e.g. Suez Canal, Falklands). You must be over 65 years old and live in one of the North Yorkshire districts. We also have some capacity for the York area but this is more limited.
You can make a referral for yourself, for a relative or friend, for a cared for person, or for someone you are supporting/working with. Please email email@example.com or call 01904 704 177.
Spread the word!
Help us to reach North Yorkshire’s older veterans. Download our leaflet giving more information about the project and support available. Download our flyer which is useful for giving out to your friends and family.
Upcoming & Regular Events
Gurkha Day Trip – 19 June, Leeds – at the Royal Armouries in partnership with RCVA’s Gurkha 2020 project. Open to all ex-Gurkhas over 65 years old. If you served with the Gurkhas or speak Nepalese and would like to volunteer for us, please call Colleen for more info. Lunch provided.
Armed Forces Day Event – 30 June, Bedale – TBC. Details are being finalised but if you would like to know more please call us for more info.
Veterans’ Garden @ Gallows Close Centre, Scarborough – every Tuesday 09:30 to 14:30 – Contact Kimmie at Gallows Close Centre to find out more on 01723 378 102 (you can leave a message).
Ex-Forces “Pop-Up Shed” @ Healthy Horizons, Richmond – every Wednesday and Thursday 10:00 – 16:00 – Contact Richmondshire District Council for the address and more info 01748 829 100. Based in a fully-equipped woodworking shed – our veterans make, fix and upcycle wooden items and there is also the chance to just have a brew and a chat. Other art projects also taking place with guest artists every week.
Arts for Veterans @ Rural Arts, Thirsk – 29 May, 19 June and 10 July (all Tuesdays) 14:00 to 15:30 – Contact Jayne Rawlins to find out more or pop along to Rural Arts on the day. Tel: 01845 526 536. Participants are able to choose which arts they would like to do, e.g. ceramics, painting.
Sports for Veterans @ Primetime, The Clock, St James Green, Thirsk – every Thursday 09:30 to 11:30 – age-appropriate sports and games for ex-Forces and ex-National Servicemen over 65 years old. Ladies and gentlemen welcome, friendly rivalry encouraged!
Other groups, activities and days out are always in the works. Would you like to meet more veterans and talk about your service? Or just like to get out of the house more often? Give us a call to chat through.
Enquiries & Project Contacts
Candy Dowson, Project Manager (Email / Tel: 01904 704 177)
Colleen Allwood, Development Officer (Email / Tel: 01904 704 177)
Viv Fleming, Project Support & Volunteering Officer (Email / Tel: 01904 704 177)
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Volunteering Opportunities with Ex-Forces
We need your help to extend our support to all our veterans. Find out more about volunteering with us here.
Small Grants and Hardship Funding
Fancy putting on an event or activities for veterans and ex-National Servicemen? We can help you with funding. Past grants have been awarded to lunch groups, tea dances, days out and transport costs. Find out more here.
Further to this we have a central pot of funding to support people in hardship. Previous grants have been made for: home repairs and emergency fixes; wheelchairs; walking sticks; transport costs; boilers; cookers. We can also match-fund with SSAFA, regimental associations and Local Authorities. Call Candy for an informal discussion.
Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire is a consortium led by Community First Yorkshire, and made up of the following organisations: Age UK North Yorkshire & Darlington, Carers Resource, Citizens Advice, Groundwork, Living Well, North Yorkshire County Council, North Yorkshire Sport, North Yorkshire Youth, RCVA, Richmondshire District Council, Rural Arts, Saint Michael’s Hospice, Scarborough Borough Council, SSAFA North Yorkshire, Yorkshire Energy Doctor, Yorkshire Housing.