VOS’ Exciting Visit to the Hovercraft Museum in Lee-On-Solent

Chris is a long-time VOS volunteer whose cheerful presence and tireless help are invaluable at our regular drop-in sessions. He and a group of VOS service users went on an exciting visit to the Hovercraft Museum in Lee-on-Solent during the last week of May 2024. When I made my first trip to visit Her Majesty’s Submarine […]

Epic 24-hour D-Day 80 Running Event raises £1200+ for VOS!

Candidates from URNU Solent have raised over £1200 for VOS, their partnered Military charity, by completing a gruelling 24-hour running event aptly titled the Longest Day. The Longest Day charity run To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the heroic D-Day landings, URNU Solent undertook an epic 24-hour running event in Portsmouth. The starting pistol was […]

Exciting Events Planned For D-Day 80 In Portsmouth & The Isle Of Wight

2024 is momentous for British Military history, commemorating the 80th anniversary of D-Day, the largest sea-based liberation invasion in history. This year’s ceremony on Wednesday 5 June will see the King and Queen in attendance, accompanied by Prince William, as they honour the brave personnel who risked their lives for freedom and peace. While tickets […]

How We Can Improve Our Mental Health Through Movement

Mental Health Week 2024 is all about movement – being active can support better mental health. It isn’t necessarily a cure-all, because so many of us cope with different movement-related circumstances that can restrict our movement – but it can spell the difference between feeling hopeless and finding strength to move through another day. During […]

Have your say in the VPPPSE Survey & Live Event to improve Veterans’ Support!

Have your say in the VPPPSE Veterans' Survey & Public Consultation live event on 22 May!

Attention all! We need your opinions to improve Veterans’ support by guiding the next phase of the Veterans Places, Pathways & People Programme Southeast service (VPPPSE). This vital Veterans’ service will unite a large network of Veterans’ Support Organisations in a fully joined-up support service that’s ready to help any Veteran at any time. The […]

Sponsor Submarine Veterans On A 100 Mile Charity Cycle Race This April

Four older men standing with a bicycle each and wearing cycling gear. They are Gosport Submarine Veterans embarking on a charity cycle race in April 2024.

Seven Gosport Submarine Association Veterans and Associates with a combined age of 515 years will cycle 100 miles across the challenging South Downs between 17-19 April to raise much-needed funds for Veterans Outreach Support. You can help them not just hit their £2,000 target, but smash it by visiting their JustGiving page here. By donating, […]

How Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Clubs Are Positively Transforming Lives

Plate of cooked breakfast with coffee cutlery on a wooden table, AFVBC and VOS logos, title: "Have you joined your local Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club Yet?"

The AFVBC provides vital conversation and camaraderie plus coffee and cornflakes (well, actually, tasty full breakfasts) for Armed Forces Veterans in the UK and worldwide. Since 2014, Founder & Director Dereck Hardman and his network have averaged opening one breakfast club a week, taking the total to circa 500 at the time of this writing. […]

How Do We Support Women Veterans At A Community Level?

Group of women veterans standing in a group showing flower arrangements they have created

The Office for Veterans Affairs (OVA)’s new Women Veterans’ Strategy will address the specific needs and challenges of women Veterans – but how can we support them right now at community level?  Simultaneously highlighting their successes and considerable societal contributions, the Women’s Strategy (due later in 2024) will encompass areas including mental health support, physical welfare and […]

Talking About Veterans’ Mental Health: NHS Op COURAGE

Why do some veterans find it hard to talk about mental health?

Talking about mental health can be especially difficult for Armed Forces Veterans and leavers. In a 2022 NHS UK Veterans’ survey of 3,000+ candidates, 60% admitted struggling to talk about mental health issues. The NHS is renewing its Op COURAGE veteran support programme – but why do so many Service Leavers still battle asking for […]

Introducing Vectis Veterans: Enhancing Support for Isle of Wight Veterans

Vectis Veterans Veterans Outreach Support for veterans on the Isle of Wight

Veterans Outreach Support (VOS) is proud to announce an expansion of its services on the Isle of Wight through the launch of our new ‘Vectis Veterans’ project. ‘Vectis Veterans’ marks an exciting expansion of our Isle of Wight support services. It involves funding awarded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (AFCFT)  Reaching and Supporting […]