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Find out how members of the Armed Forces community can get involved in the local community or access support if feeling lonely or isolated.
Local support groups and activities
Armed Forces and Veterans' Breakfast Clubs
Breakfast Clubs exist simply to facilitate veterans and service personnel meeting face-to-face in a relaxed, safe, social environment. There are currently seven Armed Forces and Veterans' Breakfast Clubs in the East Riding:
Army Welfare Service (AWS)
AWS is the Army's professional welfare provider. It delivers a comprehensive and confidential welfare service responsive to the needs of individuals, families and the Chain of Command in order to maximise the operation effectiveness of service personnel. This includes personal support such as:
It also provides community support which includes learning and personal development opportunities for military personnel and their families wherever they are living. It offers non-formal education opportunities to children and young people including activities during school holidays and offsite residential experiences.
The local AWS office is based in York and provides support to the Defence School of Transport, Leconfield.
To find out more about the local youth services provided by the AWS at the Defence School of Transport, Leconfield, call (01964) 561743.
Bridlington Veterans Coffee Mornings
This club meets every Monday 10am-12pm (Richie's Café, South Promenade) and every Thursday 10am-12pm (Victoria Mill Tea Rooms). It is open to veterans, serving members and their families, and dogs are welcome at both venues. There are no fees - just buy your own drinks and food.
For more information, email Mike Rubery at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07722 362949.
The Ministry of Defence sponsors and supports four cadet forces. These voluntary youth organisations offer challenging and enjoyable activities for young people, and prepare them to play an active part in the community while developing valuable life skills.
Find out how to become a cadet on the following websites:
Community Welfare Forum
The Community Welfare Forum, run by the Defence School of Transport at Leconfield, brings together military and civilian staff and families with the aim of helping to build relationships, organise events, and seek out funding streams to support the community.
Find out more by emailing email@example.com or call (01904) 665253/07971 890523.
East Riding Libraries
East Riding Libraries run a range of events for all ages.
East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS)
ERVAS provide a wide range of support activities to the voluntary and community sector and communities across the East Riding including:
MASH (Military Assistance and Social Hub), Beverley
MASH Beverley welcomes all veterans, serving personnel and their families. It meets every last Tuesday of the month, 6.30 - 8.30pm at:
15 Butcher Row
For more information, call 07946 085565 or visit their Facebook page.
MASH (Military Assistance and Social Hub), Bridlington
MASH Bridlington welcomes all veterans, serving personnel and their families. It meets every Tuesday 1.30 - 4.30pm at Bridlington Town Football Club, Queensgate, Bridlington, YO16 7LN. For more information, call 07929 773575 or visit their Facebook page.
MASH: The Next Generation, Bridlington and Beverley
MASH: The Next Generation, Bridlington and Beverley are groups aimed at young or young-at-heart veterans, including those with children. The group allows them to meet other local veterans and their families and show how they can gain access to a support network of local partners and most importantly support from each other whilst accessing subsidised, enjoyable fun activities and events. For more information, call 07929 773575 or visit their Facebook page.
MASH (Military Assistance and Social Hub), Withernsea
MASH Withernsea welcomes all veterans, serving personnel and their families. It meets at The Meridian Centre, 201 Queen Street, Withernsea, HU19 2HH. For more information, call 07929 773575 or visit their Facebook page.
Men's Sheds are similar to garden sheds - a place to pursue practical interests at leisure, to practice skills and enjoy making and mending. The difference is that garden sheds and their activities are often solitary in nature while Men's Sheds are the opposite.
They're about social connections and friendship building, sharing skills and knowledge, and of course a lot of laughter.
Learn more about the scheme and find your nearest shed on the UK Men's Sheds Association website.
Royal Air Forces Association
The Royal Air Forces Association branches provide a great opportunity for members to meet socially on a monthly basis, as well as providing welfare assistance and helping to rally local fundraising support. There are local branches in Bridlington and Hull.
Royal Naval Association
This association is for former members of the Royal Naval Service and supporters. Join one of the UK or overseas branches for access to welfare advice, socials or simply for a quiet drink and chat with members of the Naval family.
Find out more on the Royal Naval Association website, including how to contact the local branches in Bridlington and Hull.
The Royal Engineers Association
This association aims to foster a spirit of comradeship and service and also provides financial and other assistance to serving and former members of the corps, their spouses, widows and dependents who are in need.
The Submariners Association
This association of ex and serving submariners seeks to maintain the special bonds of friendship, loyalty and comradeship.
The Yorkshire Regiment Association
This association fosters comradeship and the general welfare of the regiment. It also makes recommendations to the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolence Committee, in order to provide relief, for members of the association, and to past and present members of the regiment and their dependents, who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress.
Yorkshire Veterans Model Group
This club, run by veterans for veterans of the Armed Forces and emergency services has informal workshops to help you develop your skills in making models from kits or 'scratch-built' from plastic, card or wood. It doesn't matter if you've never modelled before or are a modeller. Any veteran is welcome and there is no need to book.
Youth Clubs at Defence School of Transport
Children and young people can take part in a range of youth club sessions at the Defence School of Transport, Leconfield. The Army Welfare Service runs school holiday programmes, residentials and a monthly forest school.
To find out more about the local youth services provided by the AWS at the Defence School of Transport, Leconfield, call (01964) 561743 or (01964) 561746.
Become a Cadet Force adult volunteer
If you can give up one or two evenings a week and want to do something different with your free time, why not consider becoming a cadet force adult volunteer? Email YHfirstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Become a Community Safety volunteer
Become a Special Constable
Special Constables are members of the public who volunteer their time in order to support their regular colleagues and provide a valuable link between the police and the local community. They are warranted officers who have the same powers as a regular officer, wear the same uniform and carry the same equipment.
Find more information on the Humberside Police website.
Support your local hospitals
There is a volunteering programme available at both Castle Hill and Hull Royal hospitals for anyone aged 16-85. Applications forms can be found on the Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust website. Anyone interested can contact Rachael Hardcastle-Pearce for a discussion on (01482) 623089.
East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS)
In addition to providing support to the voluntary and community sector, ERVAS enables individuals to volunteer in their community.
ERVAS operates the East Riding Volunteer Centre to support you to access funding opportunities with a wide range of charitable organisations.
Find out more about the opportunities available on the Do It website.
ERVAS also provide a range of support to young people who want to get involved in volunteering and social action projects across East Riding of Yorkshire. If a child is already volunteering we can talk to their placement provider to enable the young person to become accredited for their volunteering activity.
HEY Smile Foundation
If you are interested in setting up your own community group, social enterprise or charity, HEY Smile Foundation can provide you with the support and advice on how to do this. They can help with fundraising plans, volunteer management, governance and much more.
If you would like to source funding for your project, register with the community funding support website 'East Riding 4 Community' to access details of grants, loans and other forms of financial assistance.
Volunteer with Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA)
Volunteering opportunities are available locally with SSAFA - you'll have the chance to meet some truly inspiring people, with stories you'll never forget. You'll also gain new skills and experiences, but most importantly, you'll make a difference in the lives of those who have dedicated themselves, often at great sacrifice, to protect and serve our country.
Volunteer with The Royal British Legion
There are many ways to get involved and you don't need to be a member or have any links to the Armed Forces to volunteer with us.
Age UK Hull
Age UK Hull provide a telephone befriending service, which aims to reduce loneliness for people aged 50 or over, by providing a regular telephone call at a time which is convenient to the person.
The call allows the person to enjoy general conversation on subjects that interest them.
Find out more on the Age UK website (Hull area) or call (01482) 324644.
Befriending Support - CallER Collective Service
If you are feeling isolated, you can reach out to a volunteer through CallER Collective for support and a friendly chat to help combat loneliness. The phone line is open 8am-10pm every day. Further information is available on the CallER Collective website or by calling (01482) 215929.
Information on how to become a volunteer is also available on the website.
East Riding of Yorkshire Social Prescribing Service
Social prescribing is about linking residents with local community groups and services that offer support and advice to them, improving self-care and tackling the social causes of ill health and wellbeing.
Link workers are based in all East Riding GPs and offer social prescribing to local residents. They can support you to get involved in social activities, making new friends, and tell you about exercise classes available to help improve your mental and physical wellbeing.
To contact a local link worker or make an appointment, you can:
Further information is available on the East Riding Health and Wellbeing website.
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA)
SSAFA provides lifelong support to both regulars and reserves in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army and the Royal Air Force and their families, including anyone who has completed National Service.
SSAFA helps the Armed Forces community in a number of ways, though its focus is on providing direct support to individuals in need of physical or emotional care, including those struggling with social isolation.
Find out more on the SSAFA website or call Forcesline, a free and confidential helpline on 0800 731 4880.
The Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion supports members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families. Their support starts after one day of service and continues through life. The Legion provides a wide range of advice and support including for those struggling with social isolation.
Find out more on the Royal British Legion website or call 0808 802 8080 (8am - 8pm, 7-days-a-week).
Armed Forces Day
Armed Forces Day is a chance to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community. There are many ways for people, communities and organisations to show their support and get involved.
The national Armed Forces Day takes place each year on the last Saturday in June. Armed Forces Day celebrations begin in the week leading up to this date, when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country.
Events around the country take place up to two weeks before and after the national one.
Information on funding available to support your Armed Forces Day event is also available on the Armed Forces Day website.
Each year we remember the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces community, both individually and by joining others at Remembrance commemorations.
Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the reserve forces, balancing their civilian life with a military career to ensure that should their country require them, they would be ready to serve as part of the military.
The reserve forces make up approximately one sixth of our Armed Forces personnel and as such are integral to protecting the nation's security at home and overseas. The annual Reserves Day was created to highlight and recognise the valuable contribution reservists make to our Armed Forces.
Organising an event?
If you are organising an event for the Armed Forces community that you would like us to add to our News and Events section, please email email@example.com.
What other support and advice is available?
A wide range of services and support is available to help you, whatever your needs.
These pages are also useful if you support members of the Armed Forces community as part of your job, or as a friend, carer or family member.
If there is something that you need help with that is not listed, or any information needs updating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (01482) 391426.