At the end of January Nigel as the representative of the NCCF attended workshop event where representatives of all the different charities delivering projects using Aged Veterans Fund grants got together.

Over the coming issues of Exposure Magazine we will feature articles from these other charities, detailing their projects and, more importantly for you, detailing where they are being delivered along with the beneficiary criteria. This is very important because there are undoubtedly members within our nuclear community who could benefit from some of theses projects.

Because finding the right avenue to raise an enquiry may seem a little daunting you can always contact the NCCF Office either by email to or use our telephone callback service by leaving your details on the answerphone at 0115 8883442

Age UK Yorkshire and Humber

Working with local Age UK charities to develop and support new and existing services that improve the health, wellbeing and quality of life for older people across the Region including:

Information and advice, Help with applying for state benefits Social activities, e.g. luncheon clubs, reminiscence groups, outings – Volunteering opportunities – Befriending service – Support at home.

Seafarers UK

Through the Nautilus Welfare Fund, Seafarers UK provides financial support to retired seafarers and their dependents across the UK and operates The Mariners’ Park Care Home providing residential care and nursing care, as well as short breaks and respite care to retired seafarers and their dependents.

The St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS)

Unforgotten Forces project is a partnership between 15 leading organisations which deliver a range of new services and enhancements in areas including advice, access to healthcare, social isolation, respite, along with creative activities and events for those in care settings. This project is operating across Scotland, in Greater Manchester and Bristol.

This was a really productive event, so many different initiatives both national and regional addressing the needs of our veteran community. The overriding feeling of the day was undoubtedly one of the need for unity and cooperation to drive the synergy of the AVF effort forward to maximise the impact of all the projects within their target populations.

Nigel Heaps MBE
BH Associates

Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire

Provides a range of services aimed at raising awareness of the issues faced by older and ex-members of the armed forces and enabling them to lead fuller lives. This service covers all of North Yorkshire.

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

Princess Marina House Respite & Care breaks in Rustington, West Sussex.

Project 360°

An innovative partnership project led by Age Cymru, working with Woody’s Lodge, and Age Alliance Wales members to support older military veterans across Wales.

We have more on this on our next edition

Rowans Hospice

A project based in Portsmouth and South Hants area providing two levels of support to aged veterans: Rowans Living Well Centre providing access help and information, and engage in practical and therapeutic activities that support independence and well-being. Enjoy a space where you can relax with a tea or coffee, chat with others in similar situations and make new friends.  Veterans Companions project provides trained volunteers to act as home visit companions, this project is also looking for ex-service personnel to volunteer and train to become part of this service.

Royal Naval Association - Project Semaphore

The aim of the project is to reach out to isolated RNA veteran members – who are judged by a BT reach survey to be worse off by at least £1,000 due to lack of access to the internet – and to provide them with an iPad and iPad/internet familiarisation training. With modern and mobile technology, those previously isolated will be able to connect with their friends and regain some of their independence. (a further article on this project has been published in September 2018).


Joining Forces - An Age UK SSAFA partnership

Project to support the quality of life and wellbeing of veterans (anyone who has completed at least 1 day of military service) born before 1950 and their family and carers. offering person-centred conversations to older veterans and their family or carer.  These local projects will take place in the following areas: Cheshire East, Darlington, Gloucestershire, Lancashire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire, Portsmouth, Tyne & Wear, West Cumbria, Wirral, Wolverhampton and Worcestershire.