What is Joining Forces?
Joining Forces is a Ministry of Defence-supported 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.
Age UK is partnering with SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity, to deliver 12 local projects across England, which will involve a partnership between the local Age UK and local SSAFA branch and offering person-centred conversations to older veterans and their family or carer.
These local projects will take place in the following areas:
Joining Forces is supported by the Aged Veterans Fund funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds.
Born after 1950?
Help for younger veterans
If you were born after 1950, then you can still get support from the Veterans Gateway.
What's involved in Joining Forces?
Nationally, Age UK has launched this new section of the website with tailored information for older veterans and their family or carers, as well as matching isolated older veterans through the Call in Time telephone befriending service.
We'll also be piloting a bespoke app to support person-centred conversations and action planning, as well as sending out a regular email newsletter tailored for older veterans and their family or carers.
Through the project, Age UK hopes to join together the different sources of support available to older veterans, and produce services to reflect any gaps in provision.
We hope to engage over 45,000 older veterans through Joining Forces and to be able to demonstrate improvements in quality of life and wellbeing through an evaluation by the University of Bath.
How we can help
We have a wealth of information, advice and support available on different topics.
For more information call Age UK on 0800 055 6112
Partnering with SSAFA
As part of Joining Forces, Age UK is partnering with SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity, to deliver 12 local projects across England.