Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire
A range of help and support for past members of the armed forces over 65.
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. Covering North Yorkshire, the service 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.
- 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 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 can provide some of our services in York, but this may be 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 on 01748 829 100. Based in a fully-equipped woodworking shed, our veterans make, fix and upcycle wooden items with other art projects taking place delivered by guest artists. There is also a chance just have a brew and a chat. Other art projects also taking place with guest artists every week.
Sports for Veterans @ Primetime, various locations across North Yorkshire – age-appropriate sports and games for all. Friendly rivalry encouraged!
The Sawdust Lads @ Claro Enterprises, Starbeck – every second Wednesday, 14:00 – 16:30 Come along for a chat, laughter and sawdust. An opportunity to get together in a workshop and do ‘stuff’. Projects are group led so it is up to you!
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
Heather McCrorie, Project Manager (Email / t: 01904 0704 177)
Colleen Allwood, Development Officer (Email / t: 01904 704 177)
Viv Fleming, Project Support & Volunteering Officer (Email / t: 01904 704 177)
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.
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.