Information for Veterans Families

NHS Direct

For health advive and reassurance, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

NHS Choices

General advice about NHS services available to you.


Army Families Federation is the voice of the Army family. It empowers and acts as an advocate and an independent expert witness to promote a quality of life which reflects the military covenant.


Colchester Mind works to improve the lives of people from all sectors of society experiencing mental health problems and seeks to achieve this through providing a variety of services and activities and through campaigning and awareness raising. Colchester Mind provides placements for social work students. Our aim is work collaboratively with partners and the majority of our services are in partnership with statuary and third sectors organisations. More recently we have extended our services and we are now commissioned to provide services in the North East Essex area including Tendring.


The Navy Families Federation offers an independent voice to Royal Naval and Royal Marines personnel and ALL members of their extended family. The NFF can provide support and guidance on day to day issues that occur as a result of being part of a Naval Service family. The NFF has direct access to the Chain of Command, the MOD and the Government. The organisation ensures that the unique challenges faced by Naval Service families are considered in the ‘purple arena’ and when policies are reviewed.


The Royal Air Forces Families federation represents the views and concerns of RAF personnel and their families to those who can make a difference, for example senior RAF and MoD staff and Ministers. The RAF FF is outside the chain of command and can promise an independent and confidential service.

Veterans UK

Provides information and links for serving and ex serving members of the armed forces.

SSAFA Forces Help

The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help provides practical support to those that serve, those who used to serve and the families of both.

The Invicta Foundation

The Invicta foundation is a new charity that is initially raising money to build a new house for recovering service personnel, which will offer the families of wounded serviceman time to come to teams with their injuries.

To find news about the Forces & Families Advice Bureau, click here or to contact them, ring 01206 617001 or email The Invicta Foundation.

The Ripple Pond

The Ripple Pond peer-led support groups are here for adult family members of those who have been impacted by events experienced while serving in the Armed Forces, be that by physical injury or emotional trauma, however long ago and in whatever conflict or manner.