You can speak to representatives from the following agencies at our monthly Drop-in:
Advice Portsmouth provides free, independent and confidential advice to the local community living within the PO1 to PO6 postcode range on consumer issues, as well as specialist advice on debt, money management, employment, welfare benefits and housing. At the VOS Drop-In, Advice Portsmouth will provide basic one-off advice, signposting or referral to people not resident within the postcode catchment area.
Portsmouth Disability Forum
The aim of the Portsmouth Disability Forum is to promote the care, welfare, interest, education and advancement of disabled people, their families and personal assistants and their independence and inclusion within the community of Portsmouth and the surrounding areas. We work with service providers and other disability organisations to ensure that disabled people get the same rights and facilities as everyone else. The VOS Drop-In is attended by representatives of Portsmouth Disability Information and Action Line (DIAL). A wide range of disability issues can be discussed, advised on or sign posted as necessary. DIAL will also help with completing disability related forms.
Help for Heroes
Attended by representatives from the Support Hub in the Tedworth House Recovery Centre in Wiltshire, offering advice and guidance on a multitude of issues such as money, health, housing and respite. The local Band of Brothers/Band of Sisters co-ordinator will give advice on the provision of life-long support to those with a career limiting/ending injury or illness that is attributable to service; assistance is also available to their loved ones. The support hub key worker will co-ordinate the recovery plan regarding welfare issues for those veterans who are “Wounded, Injured or Sick” attributed to service, linking in with all the different military charities and organisations to support an individual’s recovery.
Portsmouth Military Advocacy
Portsmouth Military Advocacy (PMA) is available as a free service through Solent Mind for armed forces veterans currently living within the PO1 to PO6 postcode area. They provide community advocacy services for people with a physical disability, a sensory impairment, and for those who are accessing second tier mental health support services. Additionally, they offer the community advocacy service for all people who are of state pensionable age.
PMA are able to support veterans who are facing difficulties they feel unable to take on, or face, because of their circumstances. The service is non-judgmental and entirely confidential.
Attended by caseworkers from the Portsmouth Branch, SSAFA can offer advice on financial arrears, assist with the purchase of household goods, assist in the provision of repairs and disabled facilities, as well as offer financial and emotional assistance. Portsmouth SSAFA will manage your case to your local branch if necessary and can also assist in signposting you to other agencies for assistance.
The Royal British Legion (TRBL)
The RBL can offer advice and support regarding welfare needs and refer to other TRBL support services, including debt; benefits and money advice (BDMA). The RBL offers War Pension and Compensation advice (WP&C), takes you through the RBL Care Homes referral process and offers employment and housing support advice. They can link you with Military Recovery Centres (Battle Back Centre), home adaptations (Handy Van Service) and the RBL Admiral Nurses (helping those affected by dementia), Poppy Breaks and Adventure Holiday. You will be offered assistance by experienced caseworkers who attend alongside The Independent Living Advisor (ILA) and Advice and Information Officer (AIO).
Royal Naval Benevolent Trust (RNBT)
The new initiative from the RNBT is the Beneficiary Support Coordinators posts which look at the Revolving Door of benevolence taking a holistic approach to helping our beneficiaries attain a better quality of life. The BSC’s intervention has enabled many beneficiaries to engage with other like-minded individuals and agencies to help them better themselves, be it educationally, work, financial or socially related, aided or helped by many of the agencies or charities. This demonstrates what a difference the BSC position has made in a short period of time.
This service enriches their lives while providing continuing support, attempting to negate isolation and the revolving door syndrome while empowering applicants to ensure a better outcome and become more resilient.
Veterans Welfare Service (Vets UK Formerly SPVA)
Vets UK provides welfare, pensions and compensation advice to veterans and their dependants, following a change in their personal situation, such as bereavement or changes in disablement. Support can include identifying when someone is eligible to claim or apply for a benefit or compensation and help with applying for the Armed Forces Pension Schemes, War Pension Scheme, Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or referrals to the Department for Work and Pensions, Local Authorities and charities/agencies.
Citizens Advice Portsmouth
We are Citizens Advice Portsmouth and we are also involved in a project called “Joining Forces for Families”. This service offers advice and support for the Armed Forces families. Citizens Advice provide free, confidential, impartial and independent advice on various issues such as housing matters, employment, benefits, family relationships as well as specialist advice on Debt.
The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund provide a range of support aimed at serving and former RAF personnel and their dependants. This includes welfare breaks, grants to help with financial difficulty and getting about inside and outside the home, specialist advice on benefits and support with care needs, as well as support for young people through our Airplay programme.