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Based in the Royal Maritime Club (formerly the Royal Sailors Home Club) in Portsmouth, Veterans Outreach Support (VOS) has been providing a monthly Drop-In facility for ex-serviceman and their direct family members since July 2008.

Founded in July 2008 after the 25th Anniversary Falklands pilgrimage, VOS began as a peer support group. Founding members Dr Morgan O’Connell, John (Joe) Erskine and David Watts, all Falklands veterans themselves, together with Ann Townsend, whose son was sadly killed in the conflict, wanted to create an informal environment for Service veterans, where they could access a range of support services.

The Drop-In now welcomes ex-service personnel from all services and operational backgrounds, including the Merchant Navy. VOS receives over 500 visits a year, with an average of 45 service users visiting each month.

Significant funding support from the Armed Forces Covenant LIBOR fund in 2013 enabled VOS to become a registered charity, in order to grow its expertise and capability. Today VOS has a permanent office and therapy room in the Royal Maritime Club and delivers weekly therapy sessions to those who need it most.

VOS has now secured generous continuation funding from a number of military charities to continue to deliver its invaluable service to veterans and their families for the foreseeable future. Our work is funded by the generous support of the larger military charities.


Who we are

VOS Team

Ian Millen

Portsmouth Delivery Manager
Kath Hutton

IOW Delivery Managers
Jan Brookes and Tony Gear

Office Manager
Wendy Pearson

Finance Executive
Mike Powell

Clinical Lead
Dr Rob Jackson

Assistant Psychologist
Saffron Cohen

Substance Misuse Recovery Worker
Graham Archibald

VOS Trustees

Rear Admiral Sir Jeremy de Halpert KCVO CB

Mike Bowles

Vice Chairman
Ruth White

Dr Robin Kent

John Scivier

Mike Dawe

Surg Captain John Sharpley Royal Navy

Bob Williams

Alex Sard

Our Supporters

Our grateful thanks go to the following organisations for funding our work:


VOS also wishes to acknowledge the ongoing and valuable support of the Royal Maritime Club

Get Involved

Work With Us

Clinical Practice Manager Role

A great opportunity has opened up for a clinical practice manager position, working as part of the in-house mental health team of an award-winning veterans’ charity.  Based in Portsmouth, with satellite clinics in Gosport, Ryde and Newport (IOW), Veterans Outreach Support (VOS) is looking for a dynamic, committed, team-player to manage its small clinical team which provides high-quality mental health services for our service users.

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VOS Wellbeing Manager

An exciting opportunity has opened up for a new Wellbeing Manager position, working as part of a multi-disciplinary team in an award-winning veterans’ charity. Based in Portsmouth, with satellite activities in the IOW and Hampshire, Veterans Outreach Support (VOS) is looking for a dynamic, committed, team-player to manage its non-clinical range of peer-supported activities and social groups, providing high-quality, accessible support and services for our beneficiaries.

Read more about this role here

Volunteer with Us

Our award winning team of volunteers fulfil a number of roles in supporting and promoting our work. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with VOS, please get in touch..we would love to hear from you!