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Support for our Armed Forces Community

Gold award for Armed Forces Community In Gateshead we are very proud of our proactive support for our armed forces community. In 2012 we signed an Armed Forces Covenant stating our commitment to ensuring that serving and former members of the armed forces and their families are treated fairly and are not disadvantaged as a result of their service.

Subsequently, in 2015 we were one of the first local authorities in the UK to receive a Gold Award through the Ministry of Defence's Employer Recognition Scheme. The award recognises employers who demonstrate positive attitudes and policies towards serving and ex-members of the Armed Forces.


What we have done to provide support

Annual Report

For an overview of the wide range of support provided/ outcomes for our armed forces community so far - see our Icon for pdf annual report [2.63MB].

Armed Forces Network 

An Armed Forces Network has been established to promote joint working to prevent disadvantage to individuals and their families as a result of their military service and their transition to civilian life.

The Network involves representatives of the armed forces and organisations supporting ex-service personnel as well as the Council's Armed Forces Champion and other partner organisations. Further details can be found on our Gateshead Armed Forces Network page.

Armed Forces Outreach Service (AFOS)

Our key means of help and support, for all Forces personnel, reservists, veterans and their families, is our Armed Forces Outreach Service (AFOS) which has been in place in Gateshead since 2014. Staffed mainly by ex-service leavers, the service provides direct assistance and support on issues such as:

  • housing and financial management / debt advice
  • benefits
  • employment / training
  • health and wellbeing
  • care and support

You can find further details about the support AFOS provides on the Armed Forces Outreach Service website.

Walking With the Wounded - NE Veterans Hub and Northern Care Co-ordination Partnership

The council is also working in partnership with Walking With the Wounded (WWTW), a leading national veterans charity, to locate a regional Veterans Hub here in Gateshead. The Hub will provide employment, training and education, family welfare support and support for veterans who come into contact with the Police through their Project Nova team.

WWTW are also delivering the Northern Care Co-ordination Partnership - An Armed Forces Covenant sponsored trial to support serious stress in Veterans, Carers and Families across the North East (Gateshead).

Further details can be found on the Walking with the Wounded website

Other sources of help and support

The Veterans Gateway

The Veterans' Gateway helps link veterans and their families with partner organisations from across the country to help with a wide range of information, advice and support which might be needed during transition and in post service life.

Find out more on the The Veterans' Gateway website.


The NHS provides healthcare information for military personnel and veterans, including getting treatment and useful contacts.

Find out more on NHS website.