Christmas at Veterans’ Gateway
Our team, at Veterans’ Gateway, is still here for you and your family during the festive season, and beyond.
We know how challenging it’s been during the last year. And that those challenges will continue during the Christmas and New Year period.
We send a massive thanks to those who have contacted us for expert help, and advice, during 2021. Your calls and enquiries are always welcome.
Veterans’ Gateway continues to be the first point of contact for veterans and their families. We couldn’t offer this help without our partners, from the NHS, MOD and GOV.UK, to Veterans’ gateway Referral, Information and Local partners.
A very Happy Christmas, and a big thank you to all our supporters.
Missing Strictly already?
In Scotland, Come Dancing With PoppyScotland (in Association with Toe 2 Toe Dance) returns, after a 2 year break due to Covid. And just like Strictly, participants are paired with professional dancers. Eight lucky Poppy Scotland supporters will be performing showstopping numbers with Toe 2 Toe professionals.
Due to its growing popularity the 2022 event will take place over two nights, Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd April, at Drumosie House Hotel in Inverness. Tickets for the events are now available. So get your sparkle on and… Get your tickets
You are not alone at Christmas
The Veterans’ Gateway friendly, helpline team is still here for you 24/7, all year round. Our knowledgeable team includes veterans and we understand the unique challenges for ex-service personnel.
Help yourself too, by exploring the categories (shown on the left) in Veterans’ Gateway Self help
Hint: Select your location, to find the most relevant contacts and information for your area.
They can refer you directly to our expert partners, across all the welfare categories mentioned above.
Meet like-minded people for free at Armed Forces and Breakfast Clubs. Even if you can’t meet up in person you can join on Facebook, and make new friends online.
Age UK, and their partner Silver Line, are offering face-to-face and telephone befriending: Because no-one should have no-one. See too this inspiring BBC video which shows how lonely pensioner, Terrence, went from having no friends to having thousands and having a Christmas hit. #BBCBreakfast favourite Terrence says he was ‘frightened to ask for help’ when he was alone at Christmas but after he did his ‘life began again’
Are you a carer? Beat loneliness by signing up for the Royal British Legion’s Network for Carers. Peer to peer support is offered, both online and face to face.
Keep up with Covid changes
Use our Covid 19 response to find direct links and verified information. This includes the latest updates from GOV.UK, the NHS, the BBC, and more.
Health, and other information, often varies depending on UK location. If you have the option, on any suggested websites, a gentle reminder to select your location.
Find seasonal, and all year round, discounts
Thanks to a partnership between the Defence Discount Service (DDS) and Veterans’ Gateway you can apply for a free Defence Privilege Card. This entitles you to discounts both online and on the high street.
Are you worried about costs around health? The King Edward VII Hospital offers a 20% military discount.
Look ahead to when travel restrictions are lifted. It can take a while for the card to come through so apply now for the Veterans’ Railcard, and get discounts for you and your loved ones.
This is also a good time to check you’re receiving all the benefits you’re entitled to claim in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, and in Scotland.
How to avoid getting into debt
If your income fluctuates, MoneyHelper provides specific advice, plus tips on what do to if you are paid earlier before Christmas.
Find other useful help via our full list of Information Organisations.