"Be the Boss" is a Government funded scheme run by the British Legion to help UK service leavers plan, fund and grow their own small business.
It is open to all former members of the armed services regardless of discharge date. It welcomes applications from service leavers with an injury, disability, or long term health condition.
The scheme can provide funding up to £7,500 to start up a business or funding up to £30,000 to devleop an existing business that has been trading for between 12 and 24 months. The money is a mixture of grants and loans provided in £500 increments.
A one-off feasibility grant of £250 is also available to applicants to market test their idea.
Advice, guidance and mentoring will be provided as part of the scheme. "Be the Boss" is not means tested.
Further information is available on CivvyStreet, the British Legion website for jobs and employment: www.civvystreet.org and on the Legion website, www.britishlegion.org.uk Telephone: 0800 678 5787 E-mail: email@example.com
Help the Heroes provides practical support for wounded, injured and sick veterans in the UK.
It offers a national network of support for the veterans and their families.
Individual Support is given through the Quick Reaction Fund - remarkably it can provide financial support within 72 hours. It provides funds to purchase equipment, home adaptations, travel costs for the family to see their loved one or anything else that can alleviate distress.
The Help the Heroes Band of Brothers gives live-long support and opportunities to veterans with life-changing injury or illness. This might include holidays, days out and employment opportunities.
The charity also provides rehabilitation through its recovery centres. Sports Recovery programme and H4H Career Recovery.
These together with their other programmes all offer veterans the chance to rebuild their lives after injury or illness .
To apply: email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01989 844354
The Big Lottery Fund has extended its Heroes Return 2 Programme.
Second World War veterans from the UK,Channel Islands and Ireland are able to apply for grants to enable them to return back to places in the world where they served. The grant covers the cost of accommodation and travel for themselves, and their spouses or carers.
Funding is also available for veterans to take part in official commemorations in the UK.
It is open to veterans resident in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. War widows and widowers of veterans are also eligible for funding.
Stand Down provides free online counselling to any active serving member or veteran of the British Armed Forces and their families, who suffer direct or indirect mental trauma as a result of military service.
The counselling takes place via a teleconferencing platform platform such as Skype. It could be over an instant chat messenger that allows the counsellor to talk to their client in real time.
To apply for online counselling complete the online self referral form on the Stand Down website.
The Soldiers' Charity provides lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers including the Reserve Army (TA) and their families.
It provides grants in 7 areas:
Annuities - as a supplement for older veterans and their widows living alone on a basic state pension
Care home fees - to top up support for older veterans and their widows where local authority payments are insufficient
Bursaries - to help retrain soldiers with disabilities covering course fees and equipment. Also support for ex-soldiers undertaking higher education courses and funding for continuing education of soldier's children who have died or been disabled in service.
Holiday schemes - providing short breaks for families under stress and for service children with special needs to have a holiday.
Special Funds - to assist soldiers who have been injured in Northern Ireland, the Falklands Campaign or the Gulf War. Also to help dependents of those killed in these campaigns. This area also includes The George Purse Trust to provide grants to those who live in Wales and are in need of respite care.
General Needs - grants providing support that can't be meet from any other source - including mobility aids such as wheelchairs, stairlifts etc
Current Operations Fund - for soldiers injured in recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and may include retraining a disabled soldier or holiday funds for a war window and her family.
Applications for serving soldiers should be made through their Regimental or Corps Association and former soldiers should follow three simple steps.