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Supporting the Health and Wellbeing of Military Personnel, Veterans and their Families
About Military Advocacy
When military personnel are discharged from the armed forces they can find it hard to access the services and support they need to begin and maintain a new life in the civilian community.
It’s also a sad and deeply alarming fact that an unjust number of Britain’s armed forces veterans are tragically finding themselves in a dark, desperate place, often experiencing serious mental health distress, such as PTSD.
Some of those we ought to feel most proud of, and thankful to for their service, are struggling to cope with life in the civilian community.
Those who face a complex mixture of health, housing, financial, family and social problems may need specialist support, which understands the distinct needs of veterans, to help them get their lives back on track.
We have found that high quality, person-centred advocacy, fully understanding of the needs of veterans and those in transition from military to civilian life, can greatly help to improve quality of life by providing essential support when trying to access and engage with local, regional and national agencies and service providers.
Military advocacy can also support veterans who are in prison or detained under the Mental Health Act.
Not sure what advocacy is, or how an advocate can help? Find out more.
In May 2015, seAp was invited to become a member of Cobseo, demonstrating our long term commitment to supporting veterans, service leavers and their families. We are proud to have received this recognition of our military advocacy work.
How can we help you?
Leaving the military, for whatever reason, can be tough. How do you find all the services and support you need to begin, or get back to, your life in the civilian community?
For some, it can be complicated and you, or members of your family, might benefit from a little extra support. It might be sorting out your housing or benefits, sorting things out with the NHS or getting one agency talking to another about how to improve your situation.
We also work to uphold the promise of the MOD Armed Forces Covenant, aiming to ensure that veterans receive the recognition and fair treatment they deserve, without disadvantage.
seAp currently provides a specialist Military Advocacy Service in the Thames Valley and Plymouth areas.
We will soon be extending the service into Wiltshire, North Hampshire and Essex.
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Advocate Peter Glover speaks to BBC Oxford about our Military Advocacy Service:
|"All I could think of is ‘how do I move forward when a massive system is against me?’ After years of putting my life on the line to serve my country surely I had the right to social housing? Instead I ended up destitute and suicidal."|
seAp Military Advocacy Services are part funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds.
Plymouth mAs is also part funded through the Armed Forces Covenant Fund.
seAp Military Advocacy is a non-statutory service which relies on donations from Trusts, Businesses and the General Public, and on Non-statutory Grants. We are grateful for the financial support we have previously received from the Royal British Legion, the P.F. Charitable Trust and the Tolkien Trust. If you would like to make a donation to support mAs, please click on the 'Donate' button in the top right hand corner of this page.
Benefits to other military support organisations and charities
seAp seeks opportunities to develop this specialist area of advocacy further and to work closely with those involved with other military focused organisations which support armed forces personnel and veterans. Benefits of working in partnership with seAp include:
- Your organisation will be able to offer independent advocacy to the service men and women you work with.
- By making advocacy available, you will be offering a more complete and holistic service.
- Advocacy support can lead to long-term improvements in an individual’s confidence and help them feel empowered to take control of their lives.
- Advocacy support can help the people you work with to achieve their goals and get the outcomes they desire in a way that works for them.
- Improved outcomes for service men and women will help to enhance the reputation of your organisation.
If you would like to find out more about our Military Advocacy work, please contact the seAp Business Development Team.
Tel: 0330 440 9000
You can also make an enquiry using the Contact Us page on this website.
This service is provided by seAp in the following local authority areas: