Forward Assist

Why does the Veterans' Foundation support Forward Assist?

Forward Assist provides support and guidance to former servicemen and women who experience difficulties in adjusting to civilian life. 

Based in Dudley, Northumberland, the charity was started 10 years ago by former Royal Marine, Tony Wright, after he noticed how many ex-forces personnel ended up falling into crime. It has led to a range of initiatives designed to help those affected. 

Many veterans experience difficulty accessing support in relation to issues around adjustment, transition and identity, so the charity puts steps in place to help counter unemployment, homelessness, family breakdown and social exclusion.

One of the main elements used is sport and other physical activities, both have resulted in fantastic outcomes for able-bodied and disabled veterans. 

The aim of Forward Assist is to provide an environment where veterans can feel physically and psychologically safe and allow them access - through a 'One Stop' cafe - to specialist employment support and participation in meaningful and challenging activities. 

Forward Assist recognises that women veterans are a hidden population and has campaigned for gender-specific mental health services to address this unmet need. ‘Salute Her’ came into being in January 2018 and has, via a series of consultation groups, identified significant gaps in the services available to women veterans. 

How you can support the Veterans' Foundation

The Veterans’ Foundation has provided grants to hundreds of UK-based military charities and organisations since its inception in 2016. It is dedicated to distributing funding to where it is most effective and millions of pounds have been given to projects that have a positive impact on British veterans, and their dependents, in need.

If you’d like to become of a supporter of the Veterans’ Foundation you can do so by making a donation, by fundraising, by leaving something to Veterans' Foundation in your will or by joining the Veterans’ Lottery. Thank you.