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London Veterans Partnership

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Life after service isn't always easy.

If you’re part of the ex-Forces community, you know we’re often stronger together.

London Veterans Partnership is a group of organisations working together to help you find a new way forward.

Meet new people.

Boost your mental and physical health.

Discover what’s out there for you.

Find out what's coming up for the ex-Forces community in London.
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London Veterans Partnership brings together activities and programmes to support the mental wellbeing of veterans and ex-Forces families. It is led by The Poppy Factory and funded by The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust through the Veterans’ Places, Pathways and People programme.

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    Making connections and supporting positive health & wellbeing

    CDARS: For veterans with mental health or addiction challenges. Includes wellbeing activities such as dance, mindful walking and arts and crafts. CDARS offers support groups, mentoring and help for families in Kingston, Richmond, Merton, Wandsworth and Sutton. Call 07943 171752, email info@cdars.org.uk, visit www.cdars.org.uk

    CDARS: Community Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services

    The Fighting Chance: Free non-contact boxing training at your own pace. Improve your wellbeing and fitness and meet new people, with morning training sessions running weekly at centres in Lambeth and Battersea and outdoors. For veterans of any age or ability. To register your interest, call 020 3005 2866 or visit thefightingchance.co.uk/contact

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    Company of Makers: Free online activities around writing, photography and drawing. Improve your wellbeing by learning new skills, making friends and growing your confidence. Contact Company of Makers about workshops. Listen to podcasts by the Armed Forces community, and book a free place for a talk.

    Help for those receiving NHS treatment

    Defence Medical Welfare Service: Support for veterans and their immediate family while being treated in hospital. Ensuring that no-one goes through illness or injury alone. Email referrals@dmws.org.uk. call 0800 999 3697, visit dmws.org.uk/our-service

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    Navigator programme: Support for veterans before or after NHS treatment. Helping improve health and wellbeing by reducing isolation, increasing independence and making connections with the community. Access is currently through NHS Op COURAGE only. For more information, including how to make a referral, download this form, or contact Sami Choudhury at Sami.Choudhury@stoll.org.uk

    Family and friends

    The Ripple Pond: Join a peer support network for family and friends of veterans with physical or psychological injuries. Meeting online or in person can help reduce isolation, build confidence and improve wellbeing and resilience. Register for support, call 0333 900 1028, visit theripplepond.org

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    Moving into employment

    The Poppy Factory: Staying with you on your journey into employment, no matter what gets in your way. Register for support, call 020 8939 1837, email support@poppyfactory.org

    If you are interested in London Veterans Partnership but aren't sure what support or activities are right for you, please email lvp@poppyfactory.org

    Wider support

    Op COURAGE, the Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service: Op COURAGE is an NHS mental health specialist service designed to help veterans and their families, serving personnel due to leave the armed forces and reservists. For support call 0203 317 6818, email veteransservice@candi.nhs.uk or download the Op COURAGE leaflet

    CDARS sessions help boost Trevor's wellbeing

    One veteran to benefit from London Veterans Partnership recently is Trevor, who served for 15 years in the Army, including active service in Northern Ireland, Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan. He was shot in Iraq and has undergone several operations since.

    Trevor lives in Merton and has been a regular at services run by Community Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services (CDARS) for veterans. He enjoys the activities and loves the company of others who have served in the Forces. It helps him combat loneliness and he enjoys the camaraderie. Trevor says the programme has kept his head in the right place and boosted his mental and physical wellbeing.



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