Armed Forces

support and advice for Armed Forces personnel and veterans

Networking and training

There are many opportunities for Armed Forces welfare professionals and service charity staff to learn more about the range of services offered by Hampshire County Council which can support the Armed Forces community.

If you are interested in learning more about our services or getting to know the staff involved check out the options below

Networking and training opportunities


Domestic abuse

Hampshire Domestic Abuse forum

The Hampshire Domestic Abuse Forum and some partner agencies offer a range of training to public agency and voluntary sector professionals working within the domestic abuse field.

Housing related support from Supporting People

Supporting People website

This is a Government funded programme that offers vulnerable people the housing related support they need to live independently.

Contact the Supporting People team

Mental health

Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP)

WRAP is a self-directed approach to mental health recovery which has helped many people gain more control over their well-being. It is strongly supported by the NHS in Hampshire and is intended to help people plan for themselves how best to maintain wellness, reduce and better manage periods of illness.

Health Education

Health Education England, with support from NHS England,has just launched an armed forces health e-learning programme to help increase understanding of the armed forces population and facilitate improved care and treatment. The programme covers current serving personnel, veterans and their families. Please follow the link to enter into the e-learning package which is aimed primarily at clinical staff. For more information read the article written by Dr Jonathan Leach

Substance misuse

Hampshire DAAT

Find services

Drug and Alcohol Reference Groups (DARG)

These are local forums for professionals, practitioners and others concerned with tackling substance misuse issues in their local area. They may consist of local staff from providers, housing groups, neighbourhood police officers, education, employment services, etc, who all have a interest in sharing ideas and seeking solutions to local problems. They are linked in to local community safety partnerships and are supported directly by Hampshire DAAT.

Across Hampshire there are 9 Drug and Alcohol Reference Groups (DARG), which support the local implementation of DAAT priorities and plans, in line with the themes of the National Drugs Strategy.

Hampshire DAAT also provides a basic substance misuse e-learning package which is available to anyone seeking to improve their knowledge.

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Voluntary Sector in Hampshire

Hampshire CVS network

Across Hampshire there are 11 district level Councils for Voluntary Service (CVS) and the Hampshire-wide CVS Community Action Hampshire (CAH). CAH is also a Rural Community Council, supporting and enabling initiatives in rural communities. All members are charities and members of the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action.

The five primary functions of a CVS are:  

  • Services and support to local voluntary and community organisations (VCOs), for example providing funding information, support with applications and training.
  • Liaison between VCOs and other agencies/ partnerships
  • Representation, for example, representing the views of the VCOs on strategic issues
  • Development work, for example, strengthening VCOs  
  • Strategic partnerships, for example, contributing to the development of sustainable community strategies
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