Christmas at Veterans’ Gateway
Tis this season of goodwill
We want to thank you, our customers, for your continued support, in what’s been an unusually challenging year.
Veterans’ Gateway is still here for veterans, and their families, during the festive season, and beyond.
Our Christmas round-up includes suggestions around help from our team, and our supporters.
Home alone at Christmas? We can help
In a recent survey by SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity, 81% of respondents say that they’re used to separation. However, we know this time of year can be particularly hard for veterans.
Our friendly, helpline team is here for you 24/7, all year round, and contact details are available at the top of this page.
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.
Selected help from our Referral Partners
We vet all partners before they join Veterans’ Gateway. Our helpline team can refer you directly to them for expert support, across all the support categories mentioned above.
Are you finding it hard to manage your stress levels at this time?
The charity Combat Stress, which offers specialist mental health advice, also has a 24 hour helpline. They have provided us with expert advice, in this Q&A on Mental Health, for veterans, spouses, and dependants. It will help you to recognise the signs of mental illness, and you can see details for further support. Also see more advice in our Mental Wellbeing section.
You can also find confidential peer-to-peer support from The Ripple Pond. This service puts you in touch face-to-face, or virtually, with others in similar situations. It may be social, emotional or practical support. Importantly this support is mutually offered and reciprocal, allowing peers to benefit from the support whether they are giving or receiving it.
Do you need to be thrifty with your seasonal spending?
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.
Thanks to a partnership between with Veterans’ Gateway, you can also apply for a free Defence Privilege Card. This provides you with discounts both online and on the high street.
Explore our full list of Referral Partners and remember you can be directly referred on to them by our helpline team.
Selected help from our Information Organisations
How you can make more friends.
Armed Forces and Breakfast Clubs are free to join, and you’ll meet like-minded people. Even if you can’t meet up in person right now you can join on Facebook to keep up with the latest news, and make new friends online.
Age UK, and their partner Silver Line offer help with face-to-face and telephone befriending
Do you need to plan ahead with your finances?
Find other useful help on our full list of Information Organisations.
Search Veterans’ Gateway Local Support
We know that travel is an issue during the pandemic so search our local support map for vital NHS services, employment, housing and much more.
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.