How we help

Feel like you’ve fallen through the net and don’t know which way to turn?

Do you have depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or other mental health issues?

Are you hungry or homeless? Are you struggling to get off drugs or alcohol?

We’re here for you

We support all those who served in the emergency services and armed forces and their families.

Call us on 0207 730 7545 or email

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Who we help

– Any veteran from the armed forces including reservists
– Anyone who served in the emergency services
– Any serviceman or woman who is about to leave or is going through transition

It doesn’t matter how long ago you left or in what circumstances.

How we can help

Some of the things we can sort out include:

– Housing
– Making sure you have the right benefits, allowances and pensions
– Getting you the right medical treatment
– Sorting out debt problems
– Rehabilitation and support for drug and alcohol problems
– Volunteering work
– Writing CVs and getting you back to work

Many of us are veterans so we know what it’s like trying to adjust to civilian life. Call us or pop in and let’s see how we can help.

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Friday Fitness session for veterans - walk in Scarborough

New experiences, new mates

Civvy street can feel isolating. We help you get out there and build new friendships.

What we get up to:

– surfing
– fitness groups
– gardening
– get-togethers like BBQs
– woodwork

Had a lifelong dream? We’ve helped one veteran set up as a beekeeper. Another group took to the stage after training at Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough!

What do you need right now?

Whether it’s a bed, food, training or just a chance to talk things through, we can help.

We’ll then work out together what you need for the future and how to get them.

Finding you help

We’re by your side every step of the way. We keep in contact and keep checking in. But it’s a two-way street. We’re honest with you and expect you to be straight with us.

We work with organisations such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, local housing associations, The Royal British Legion, SSAFA, probation, Help for Heroes and Age UK.

Help across the UK

We operate across the UK, including Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Both veterans and the public will find a warm welcome in our Sharpe café community hubs. We’re on high street locations in:







More are planned when we secure enough funding.

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Know a veteran who has fallen on hard times?

We know that many veterans may be too proud to ask for help. But they’ve earned it and we’re here to supply it. We’ve lots of experience in talking to ex-military and emergency service personnel. Please let us know about your family member, friend or neighbour.

Contact us

Just call us on 0207 730 7545 or email