The Military Community

The military community in Greater Manchester is ready to support you with practical support when you need it most. There is a strong network of people who can help you with any question or issue you might have and if they don’t know they answer themselves, they will know someone who does.

Cruse Bereavement Services
With a dedicated programme for military families, Cruse Bereavement Services is well placed to be able to support those from the ex-military community who are bereaved by those taking their own lives.  Please mention that you are a member of the Armed Forces Family when calling the helpline.

Call: 0808 808 1677

Visit the Website: https://www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/for-military-families

Walking with the Wounded
With a dedicated family support officer, Walking with the Wounded can provide support to those bereaved, particularly with regards to housing matters and employment issues.

Call: 0161 205 9287  

Visit the Website: https://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/Home/About/7

Email: gary.lamb@wwtw.org.uk

Veterans Bereavement Services
When someone passes away, there is a minefield of paperwork and unanswered questions relating to benefits and the rights of those left behind. No matter what the age of the deceased.  Through the support of volunteer advisers who themselves are drawn from former service men and women and who are trained in Advice and Information support. Veterans Bereavement Services can advise on help with benefits, funeral payments and widow/widower benefits to enable you to secure financial assistance at the time of greater need 
 
They will also work with families as they cover the complex issues of dealing with Service Pension rights and the complexities of paperwork associated with Wills and Probate.  

Call: 07889009393

Visit the Website: https://www.veteransbereavementsupport.com/advice-and-information

Email: info@veteransbereavementsupport.co.uk

SSAFA
If you lose someone who has previously served in our Armed Forces, or you are ex-Forces and you lose someone, then SSAFA is committed to supporting you during your bereavement.

Call: 0800 731 4880

Visit the Website: https://www.ssafa.org.uk/help-you/veterans/help-loss-loved-one

The Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community – serving men and women, veterans, and their families.

They are able to advise on all issues, including financial support and advocate on your behalf at your time of loss.

Call: 0808 802 8080

Visit the Website: https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-support/

Veterans Gateway
The Gateway put veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more.

Call: 08088021212

Visit the Website: https://www.veteransgateway.org.uk/local-support/

GMCA
With a dedicated programme committed to transforming the offer for the ex-forces community, GMCA can signpost to the Greater Manchester Armed Forces community and seek support for those bereaved by suicide.

Visit the Website: https://www.gmarmedforces.com

Email: armedforces@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk

Veterans Welfare Service
The VWS staff co-ordinate help and advice to veterans, their families and dependants. They have a caseworker approach, each client having a readily accessible, identified welfare team responsible for co-ordinating action on their behalf. The Welfare staff can help with completing forms, ensuring appropriate benefit entitlements are applied for and a multitude of services aimed at meeting welfare needs are accessed on your behalf.

Assistance can be given over the phone or through a one-to-one home visit. Ring the Helpline and ask for a referral.

Call: 0800 1692277

Visit the Website:  https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/veterans-uk

NATIONAL RESOURCES
Services available nationally to help and support you.

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