Who makes up the Armed Forces Community?
- Regular, Reserve and Retired (veterans) that are serving or have served in the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, RAF)
- Polish free forces who served in WW2
- Merchant Navy who have served in support of British military operations
What support am I entitled to?
We are committed to supporting Doncaster’s military service personnel and veterans as an MOD Employer Recognition Gold Award employer, through Executive Mayor Ros Jones’ pledge and through our Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Paul Wray.
As a member of Doncaster’s Armed Forces Community, you and your immediate family are entitled to the following support through the Armed Forces Covenant.
- Not being at a disadvantage when trying to access public services such as healthcare, housing, employment, education and welfare.
- Special consideration where appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given the most such as the injured and the bereaved.
There are a range of drop-in sessions available for the Armed Forces Community across the borough.
Click below for details of local and national groups and support.
Run by The British Legion, supported by RDaSH, offers free confidential advice about mental health and wellbeing
63 Hallgate, Doncaster, DN1 3PB
1st THURSDAY of the month, 10 am – 12 noon
Mental health triage and assessment for military veterans registered with GP’s across Yorkshire and the Humber
Offers information regarding substance misuse and provides details of free and confidential services
The wellbeing team was created on the principle of ensuring that all residents of Doncaster have access to support, guidance and advice about issues and problems they may be experiencing.
Safe and anonymous peer support community that is accessible anytime anywhere. It is FREE for UK serving personnel, veterans and their families.
UK’s leading charity for Veterans’ mental health.
Operate a 24/7 helpline: 0800 323 4444
The Officers’ Association is committed to ensuring that former-officers and their dependents live with dignity and independence.
Offers a Hidden Wounds service which provides free and confidential support to Ex-Service Personnel, their families and the families of those still serving, who are living with anxiety, depression, stress, anger or who wish to change their drinking habits.
Is a 12-month structured support programme with an initial three/five-day residential motivation and training programme for veterans and veteran’s families.
Telephone: 0808 801 0898
Dedicated to assisting serving and ex-Service men and woman who have suffered life-changing limb loss or the use of a limb, an eye or loss of sight.
Helps blind ex-Service men and women lead independent and fulfilling lives by supporting them with our in-depth expertise, experience and full range of services
A national disability charity that supports people with complex communication needs to be understood, connected and valued.
Telephone – 0300 330 9250
Text phone – 0300 330 9256
St Leger Homes provides housing services across Doncaster; they offer a unique Homes for Heroes programme.
Telephone – 01302 862862
Offers support for former members of HM Forces facing homelessness
Email – email@example.com
Telephone - 07586777856 or 07497493479
You can wait and see a Housing Options Officer in person at the one-stop shop at The Civic Building in Doncaster during opening hours
Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 5pm.
If you are homeless or think that you are going to become homeless then please contact us:
Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 5pm
Telephone – 01302 736000
Emergency Homeless Services
Emergency helpline outside of working hours
Telephone - 01302 323444
The Legion's handy van service helps ex-Service people and their families with small household repairs and minor adaptations.
Offers advice on all aspects of housing
Civilian housing options, information for service personnel and their dependents.
Telephone – 01252 787574
Email – Rcfirstname.lastname@example.org
Offers information on independent living housing
The Legion can support you to get funding and grants to adapt your home and receive new equipment here.
If you need help getting around then the Legion may be able to provide an electrically powered mobility vehicle, scooter, or buggy visit this page.
Provides useful links about civilian housing options
Offers practical housing advice and support to veterans and their dependents
Offers information on service families’ accommodation and single living accommodation
A home buying service for British Forces, forces mortgages supporting Forces Help to Buy, property finding & managing the purchase through to completion
Provides information for all buyers, with a free first time buyers guide, a mortgage finder and a stamp duty calculator
School Admissions for Service Families information
In 2014, The Schools Admissions Code in England was changed to support Service families, who can apply and be allocated a place before they move into an area. Children can be accepted mid-term and class sizes can be increased beyond the normal maximum to accommodate them.
You can find out more on page 25 of the Schools Admissions Code
The Moving Schools Pack is to help service parents’ support their children when moving schools
Information about the Service Pupil Premium, including details of the eligibility criteria
Uses books to bring Service children and families closer together. The shared reading initiative encourages families to read, talk, and scrapbook about a book, improving communication and enriching relationships with books and each other - one page at a time.
Provides expert and impartial advice about the education of service children
Telephone (civilian) – 01980 618244 (Open Monday – Friday 8:30am – 3:30pm)
Telephone (military) – 94 344 8244
Important: When the helpline is closed or busy, messages can be left on the answering machine or sent via email.
Email – email@example.com
Department for Work and Pensions
For employment please contact your local Jobcentre Plus and tell them that you are a member of the Armed Forces Community
Doncaster – Crossgate House, Wood Street, Doncaster DN1 3LL
Thorne – Orchard Street, Thorne, DN8 5EQ
Mexborough – 100 Adwick Road, Mexborough, S66 0BB
Force 10 Recruitment
Doncaster based recruitment agency specialising in finding jobs, training and franchise opportunities for ex-forces personnel.
Address – Heavens Walk, DN4 5HZ
Telephone – 01302 388819
Address – 1B, Hutton Business Centre, Broughton Avenue, Bentley
Telephone – 01302 876385
The Legion supports Service leavers to find employment and can also provide advice and guidance to partners and dependants of serving personnel.
Provides life-long, life-changing support, jobs and training opportunities to service leavers and veterans.
Successfully deliver resettlement training and work experience for forces leavers with little or no experience in industry or network engineering.
Offers help with job hunting, training and self-employment
The UK’s leading disability specialist, transforming lives, through sustainable employment.
Offers a consultative and informed recruitment service dedicated to those who have served in the Armed Forces.
Offers resettlement support, career transition advice and training opportunities
Exists to help military spouses find a job or start a business that works for them.
Delivers a total wellbeing experience that improves employees' mental, financial and physical wellness via one unified, innovative solution
Provides resources for transition to civilian life
Offers support and advice to current and former personnel that are interested in starting their own businesses.
Quest is a resettlement guide that will give you advice and help you into your new career and training.
A resettlement guide offering advice on hundreds of resettlement opportunities
A national employment charity for veterans with health conditions or impairments
Armed Forces Community Doncaster Support Card
Available in all libraries, DCLT leisure facilities and main council buildings
Offers discounted fitness training and leisure access to all 14 of DCLT’s venues.
The Value for Valour discount scheme supports all UK service personnel with a national initiative for reduced priced racing.
A number of local businesses across Doncaster show support for our Armed Forces Community, offering special acknowledgements, discounts and upgrades for serving armed forces personnel.
The official Ministry of Defence discount service for the Armed Forces, Veterans and the Armed Forces Community. It provides discounts both online and on the high street.
A free discount card providing discounts with over 1300 companies
Gives 1/3 off most rail fares throughout the UK for a year
Breakfast Clubs are free to attend and provide the opportunity for veterans to meet and make connections with other veterans in the area
Every Saturday 10 am
Ashworth Barracks, Cedar Road, Balby, Doncaster, DN4 9EY
Second and Last Saturday of the month 10 am
The Classic & Contemporary Coffee Shop, Yorkshire Caravans, Bawtry Road, DN10 6DG
SSAFA Doncaster and Thorne Division Drop-in and Information Centre
Open every Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 2pm
Priory Walk, Doncaster, DN1 1TS
Tel: 01302 855518
The Legion provides a range of services to support you through transitions, change, new information or just needing a break.
Offers help to those currently serving and veterans.
Offers a wide range of information about wellbeing, ranging from advice on staying healthy and active, to locating your nearest dentist
The Welfare Team provide accessible support services that strengthen and enhance the resilience and resourcefulness of Naval Service personnel, their families and communities.
Are committed to enhancing the quality of life for veterans and beneficiaries of Veterans UK pensions and compensation schemes and all their dependents.
Offers a range of information on a variety of health aspects
Offers information about different healthcare support and service that are available
Offers a range of support and advice and links to key support organisations
The first point of contact for veterans seeking support
Offer a 24/7 helpline
Telephone – 0808 802 1212
Provides financial, medical and development aid to Gurkha veterans, their families and communities