About us  

The Emergency Service and Armed Forces personnel are always there for us, often at a terrible cost. 
Many suffer the most stress on their transition and return to civilian life. 
We are there for them when they need help getting back on their feet. For those that feel they can't cope, don't know what's wrong with them or are too proud to ask for help. They can just come in and see us. 
We provide them with whatever it takes to make that tiny difference between life and suicide. We show them that they are valued. We give them back a sense of belonging. FirstLight Trust proves to them they aren't alone or too different to fit into civilian society. And we do this on their doorstep
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Why is FirstLight needed?  

The blue light services and military have a unique culture which is very different to civilian life. Those leaving the Emergency Services and Armed Forces can find it hard to adjust.  
Sorting out housing, work, benefits and bills can be confusing and intimidating. Adjusting to family life can also be difficult. Stress and problems build up and can lead to a loss of purpose and identity. 
Many don’t know where to turn, feel that support is too far away or don’t know how to make contact. Our cafes and centres provide a place where veterans can just walk in and find support in their own community. 

Who  are we?  

We are a mix of veterans and civilians who understand. We provide drop-in cafes and centres where there are like-minded people to help.  
Many of us have first-hand experience of not knowing where to turn. We work out what needs doing and how. We then use existing services if possible, or fund alternatives. 
Find out more about how we help. 

Why are we called FirstLight?  

FirstLight Trust is named after the light you see in the morning when you've survived another night. 

Meet our supporters 

We are lucky to have some amazing supporters from regiments to individuals. Many support our charity for Armed Forces because of their own personal experiences. 
Our patron is Bernard Cornwell OBE, author of the Sharpe novels and The Saxon Stories which inspired the TV series 'The Last Kingdom'. You can find out more in meet our supporters 

All our contact details 

Whether you need our phone number or a charity shop address, they're all featured on Contact us page 
Journalists may find it useful to look at past press releases and download our FirstLight Trust Media Kit (PDF) 
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