Support available to the Armed Forces Community locally

Access to social housing

Incommunities

Major rented social housing provider, providing access to rented social housing in the District and to their ‘Open Field Services’. This includes: support to find employment, family Learning activities, support to manage money and access to projects in local communities.

http://www.incommunities.co.uk/

Employment opportunities and advice

Job Centre Plus

All former Service personnel have access to the full range of Jobcentre Plus services; In addition, a person who has served in the Armed Forces for any day within the last three years can be considered for early access to the new Work Programme. Service leavers on Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit or Income Support will be able to volunteer for the Work Programme at any point in their claim.

Partners of currently serving and ex-Service personnel have access to the full range of Jobcentre Plus services and can be considered for early access to the new Work Programme from three months into their claim for Jobseeker’s Allowance.

When a Service medical board decides a severely disabled person can no longer be employed in the Armed Forces and should be discharged, DWP now uses the Service medical board evidence to determine eligibility to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) rather than conduct a face to face medical assessment.

https://www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus

Regular Forces Employment Association

The Regular Forces Employment Association aims to help men and women of all ranks, leaving the Armed Forces to find and to remain in employment throughout their working lives

This is done as part of the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) for up to two years after discharge and thereafter is done on behalf of the Service Benevolence Funds.

http://www.rfea.org.uk/

Remploy – Armed Forces and Veterans Service

supports wounded, injured and sick service leavers and disabled veterans and provides them with a range of specialist employment services at more than 60 high street branches and offices, where candidates receive one-to-one support from specially trained ‘Armed Forces Champions’

http://www.remploy.co.uk

Welfare and Support

Bradford Council – Benefits

Information about eligibility for benefits managed by Bradford Council

GOV.UK

Government pages giving access to advice ranging form car tax, to benefits, job opportunities through to education and learning. Many applications can be submitted online through this site such as an application for car tax.

https://www.gov.uk/

SSAFA –Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association

Help provide financial, practical and emotional assistance to anyone that is currently serving or has ever served in the Army, Navy or RAF, and their families.

Work collaboratively with Versa Counselling locally to access acute counselling support and access to other mental health services when required.

Provide sign posting to existing mainstream services as appropriate

http://www.ssafa.org.uk/about-us/ssafa-near-you/

Royal British Legion

Provide practical care, advice and support to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families.

Actively promote respect and understanding of the Armed Forces Community across the Civilian communities

Raise money through donations to support the Armed Forces Community

Support local and national events that promote a positive image of the Armed Forces

http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/

RAFA - Royal Air Forces Association

RAFA, The Royal Air Forces Association (or RAF Association), is a membership organisation and registered charity that provides welfare support to the RAF Family

http://www.rafa.org.uk/

CAB – Citizens Advice Bureau

The Citizens Advice service offers practical, up-to-date information and advice on a wide range of topics, including; debt, benefits, housing, legal, discrimination, employment, immigration, consumer and other problems.

http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/bradfordandairedalecab.htm

Defence Discount Services – The only official Ministry of Defence discount service

To support the Armed Forces Covenant and in recognition of the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces Community, the Defence Discount Service gives members of the Armed Forces Community discounts both online and on the high street. The Membership Card is a physical card that members of the Armed Forces Community can take into stores, restaurants and venues in order to obtain a discount.

https://www.defencediscountservice.co.uk/

Disability

Blue Badge Scheme

The Blue Badge Scheme is a national scheme which gives parking concessions for people with disabilities.

The Not Forgotten Association

The Not Forgotten Association is a unique national tri-service charity which provides entertainment, leisure and recreation for the serving wounded, injured or sick and for ex-service men and women with disabilities.

http://www.nfassociation.org/

Education

Bradford Council - School Admissions

Admission policy, guides on how to apply for school places, the appeals process. Access to the online admissions application forms

Community and Voluntary Services

Bradford DIVA

Information about voluntary and community activities, services and volunteering opportunities across Bradford District.

Also includes information about and contacts for local Armed Forces support organisations

http://divabradford.org.uk/

Social Care advice and guidance

Connect to Support Bradford District

A website to help people seeking social care or support in the Bradford District:

www.connecttosupport.org/bradford

Health Services

NHS Choices – Military healthcare

Healthcare information for military personnel and veterans, including getting treatment and contacts.

http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Militaryhealthcare/Pages/Militaryhealthcare.aspx

NHS Choices – Finding a GP

GP practices in Bradford District

http://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/GP/Bradford/Results/4/-1.759/53.796/4/2541?distance=25

NHS Choices – Finding a dentist

Dentist practices in Bradford District

http://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Dentists/Bradford/Results/12/-1.759/53.796/3/2541?distance=25

Leisure Services

Bradford Council Leisure Services

Free use of sport and leisure facilities is open to people currently serving in the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. It has also been extended to their families; those who left the forces in the past five years; and service personnel living outside of the Bradford district.