Leaving prison


SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity – Prison In-reach

Specialist Prison In-reach volunteers are trained in working in prison with a good understanding of the Criminal Justice System and the prison system. They are equipped to help with issues such as housing and resettlement when veterans in custody get closer to their release.  Phone: 0800 731 4880

Start preparing six months before release. While in prison you should have access to pre-release courses to help you deal with the issues you may face when you leave prison. These include help with housing, employment, benefits, health, drugs, alcohol and family.

Think about:

what is a realistic plan for you to achieve?

what can you do and what will you need help with?

will you have any parole restrictions?

Peninsula Initiatives

Work to provide holistic support for people in prison and then through release, and back in to the community. They aim to help you to overcome the barriers you may face, enter into meaningful occupation and build a financially independent future in the community, rather than continuing in a cycle of re-offending.  Phone:  01392 412300 or 07816 428 470
Email: enquiries@swcc-pi.org to refer yourself or a family member.

The Prisoners’ Advice Service

An independent registered charity offering free legal advice and support to adult prisoners in England and Wales. This is through a telephone advice line, letters clinic and legal outreach sessions.  Phone: 0845 430 8923  Email: advice@prisonersadvice.org.uk 

Walking with the Wounded

Established in 2010, Walking With The Wounded supports a pathway for vulnerable veterans to re-integrate back into society and sustain their independence. At the heart of this journey is employment.

We recognise the inherent skills of our armed service personnel and want to complement these qualities, as well as provide support to transfer their skills into the civilian workplace. We offer assistance through our programmes to those vulnerable veterans who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged by their service and assist them in sustaining their independence through new sustainable careers outside of the military. This includes providing support to homeless veterans and veterans in the Criminal Justice System, areas which are too often ignored.


Gloucestershire Home for Veterans

Gloucestershire Home for Veterans offers housing and support to ex-Service personnel who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.  All our residents must have served in the British Armed Forces. Gloucestershire Home for Veterans provides two homes supporting up to 12 Veterans. 

When you arrive you will be introduced to your key worker, who will work with you to agree a support plan based on your individual needs. Our team can help you to access other appropriate agencies, including counselling services, drug & alcohol agencies and support groups, CAB and NHS services wherever necessary.   Tel: 01452 507123   or email: veterans@alabare.co.uk

Mental Health

Combat Stress

Combat Stress is the veteran’s mental health charity. They can support you if you are struggling with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, flashbacks; or if you are misusing alcohol or drugs. Treatment is free of charge.  Phone: 0800 138 1619 – 24 hour helpline  Email: contactus@combatstress.org

Rethink – advice and information

The Rethink mental illness advice service offers practical help on issues such as the Mental Health Act, community care, welfare benefits, debt, criminal justice and carers rights. They also offer general help on living with mental illness, medication, care and treatment.  Phone:  0300 5000 927 10am-2pm Monday to Friday.

The Big White Wall

The Big White Wall is an online mental health support service for Veterans and those currently serving, their families and carers, as well as other communities.  It’s an online support group which aims to reduce the stigma of mental ill health.  This is a free and anonymous service for Service and ex-Service personnel.  All they need to do is register.

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM),

CALM is a registered charity which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK.  It offers support to men of any age who are down or in crisis, through their helpline and website.  Tel: 0800 585858

H4H Hidden Wounds (Psychological wellbeing service)

H4H Hidden Wounds can help Veterans and Armed Forces families living with anxiety, depression, stress, anger or alcohol.  It helps individuals find ways of dealing with frustration and help theme start enjoying everyday life again.  Free and confidential support is delivered by Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) by phone, Skype or face to face.  Tel 0845 6731760

Ex-Armed Forces’ project

NHS Mental Health Services are provided throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. These include IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Services), which provide a front line service and access to other mental health services and support. Many areas have developed veteran-specific support mechanisms such as the Ex-Armed Forces' project' provided by Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust.

The Samaritans

The Samaritans vision is that fewer people die by suicide. The Samaritans work to alleviate emotional distress and reduce the incidence of suicide. The Samaritans work to alleviate emotional distress and reduce the incidence of suicidal feelings and suicidal behavior.  They do this by being available 24 hours a day to provide emotional support for people who are struggling to cope, including those who have had thoughts of suicide.  Tel 116 123

Life Skills breaks 

The Warrior Programme

This is a three day motivation and training programme for veterans who are feeling struck, frustrated, guilty, angry and unsure; and are struggling with the transition to civilian life. The course teaches you coping techniques and helps build resilience and self-confidence.  Phone:  056 0204 3180  Email: info@warriorprogramme.org.uk 

Gloucestershire Home for Veterans - Alabare

Within our Gloucestershire Home for Veterans, you can access the training and skills you need for independent living, including; budgeting, healthy eating, shopping, and life skills. You can stay within our homes for a maximum of 1 year.

Hush Farms

Hush Farms provides time out in a rural environment for people who are going through a period of change or who want to learn new skills and gain confidence. Hush Farms is based in East Devon and works with veterans and their families.  Phone:  01404 549515  Email: info@hushfarms.co.uk

Farm-able Project

Social farming and rural skills projects supporting veterans and emergency service personnel to recover from trauma-related conditions.

Step Together

Each year, Step Together helps over 300 wounded, injured and sick (WIS) service personnel and veterans across the UK to rebuild their lives. Our Rehabilitation through Volunteering programme supports WIS service personnel, veterans and their families across the UK to make significant change in their lives, through one-to-one support and active engagement in the local community as a part of their recovery and resettlement

Veterans With Dogs

Trains and provides assistance dogs exclusively for current and former members of the British Armed Forces with service-related mental health conditions. Veterans With Dogs' assistance dog programme is the first of its' kind in the UK, helping Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other mental health conditions, cope better with their symptoms and enabling them to lead more independent lives

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