Armed forces information and support

View the Armed Forces Directory of Support Gwent

Housing support 

If you have served in or are leaving the UK armed forces, you may wish to register for social housing in Newport.

You can also find information about private rented accommodation and support may be available to help you maintain a tenancy.

If you are interested in buying a property visit Home Options Newport or Forces Help to Buy

Read here for further information about housing related support.

Read our information about low-cost home ownership.

We can help if you are homeless or threatened with homelessness.

Read how the Welsh Government supports the armed forces.  

Newport Veterans Hub

Newport Veterans Hub is a veterans social and support group that aims to bring veterans out of isolation and give them a place to socialise and make new friends, creating their own support network. 

Newport Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club

Newport Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club is a social group for serving members of the Armed Forces and Veterans. More information here.

Other useful links 

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity - the national charity of the British Army. Here for soldiers, veterans, and their immediate families, for life. 

Alabare – Homes for Veterans Wales - provides supported accommodation to British armed forces veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Alcoholics Anonymous - support and advice on alcohol addiction.

Blesma - helps serving and ex-servicemen and women who have lost limbs, or lost the use of limbs or eyes, to rebuild their lives by providing rehabilitation activities and welfare support. 

Blind Veterans UK - Blind Veterans UK helps blind ex-service men and women lead independent and fulfilling lives. 

Career Transition Partnership (CTP) - training courses, recruitment and career advice for service leavers undergoing resettlement.

Citizens Advice Bureau - free information and advice on legal, money and other related problems.

Combat Stress - the UK's leading veterans' mental health charity.

Gamblers Anonymous - help for compulsive gamblers including a forum, chat room, literature and most importantly a meeting finder.

Help for Heroes - founded in 2007 to provide direct, practical support for wounded, injured and sick service personnel, veterans and their loved ones.

Hire a Hero - supports service leavers and veterans to make the successful transition into civilian life.

Jobcentre Plus - aims to help people of working age find employment in the UK.

Mind Cymru - can help if you are experiencing mental health problems or going through a difficult time in your life. 

The Poppy Factory - supports ex-service men and women with health challenges into fulfilling employment. 

RAFBF – Royal Air Force benevolent fund - the RAF's leading welfare charity for serving and former members of the RAF, their partners and dependent children.

RFEA (the forces employment charity) - provides lifelong, life-changing support, jobs and training opportunities to service leavers and veterans.

Royal Air Forces Association - a membership organisation and registered charity that provides welfare support to the RAF family. 

Royal British Legion - lifelong support for serving men and women, veterans, and their families.

Supporting Service Children in Education Cymru – guidance for service families with children in education.  

Veterans NHS Wales - one service across Wales working to provide outpatient assessment and psychological therapy for ex-service personnel, with a service related mental health difficulty.

Veterans Welfare Service (VWS) - support to enable the transition from service to civilian life, assist bereaved families and respond to life events that present welfare needs.  

Walking with the Wounded - supporting all veterans with injuries to gain skills and qualifications.

Women’s Royal Naval Service Benevolent Trust - aims to provide relief in cases of necessity or distress among its members and their dependants. The Trust can also make grants for the education of members.