Armed forces personnel

Calderdale Council is committed to supporting our Armed Forces personnel and their families.

The Armed forces community covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local armed forces community.

Support for armed forces personnel and families

If you have served in the armed forces and need some help, there are some organisations who may be able to help you. We can offer support and advice on:

There are also a number of events .

Benefits and finance

Housing benefit and Council Tax Reduction (previously Council Tax Benefit)

You can apply for Housing Benefit if you live in social housing or if you rent your home privately. Anyone who is responsible to pay Council Tax can also apply for Council Tax Reduction. You could be entitled to Housing Benefit / Council Tax Reduction if you are in or out of work and on a low income. Your income and savings have to be under certain limits for you to qualify and how much you will receive depends on each individual’s financial and household circumstances. To find out what benefits you may be entitled to, see: Benefits calculator .


Money advice for UK Service personnel and their families. It includes an innovative budget planner, car cost calculator and credit forecaster.

The Royal British Legion

Offers a range of financial assistance services, including benefits and money advice, grants and loans. If you have a compensation claim arising from your Service the Legion can help you through the process under the War Pensions Scheme or the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

The Ministry of Defence: army dependants' trust

Provides details about cash grants available to dependents of soldiers who die in service.

The Royal Navy: community support

Provides guidelines for serving personnel arranging a marriage or who are pregnant and information on making a will. They can also advise serving personnel about organisations to speak to for a range of financial and legal issues. This includes debts and free legal advice for serving people and their families.

Veterans UK

A full range of information for people injured, disabled or bereaved by the service. This includes details of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, War Disablement Pensions and Armed Forces Pensions.

Service Personnel and Veterans Agency pensions

Use these forms when claiming pensions under Armed Forces Pension Schemes 75 and 05.

The Army Families Federation

Independent of the Army and offers confidential advice on a range of welfare issues including money matters and family life. AFF works at a local level directly with families and local command.

Heroes Return

Heroes Return 2 provides Lottery funding to help World War II veterans that saw active service. This is for veteran that are resident in the UK, or the Republic of Ireland. It funds veterans to take part in commemorative visits (within the UK and overseas). These visits mark the anniversaries of events that led to the end of WWII.

Schools and children

What is the Service Pupil Premium (SPP)?

The Department for Education introduced this in recognition of the specific challenges children from service families face. It is part of the commitment to delivering the armed forces covenant.

State schools, academies and free schools in England, which have children of service families in school years Reception to Year 11, can receive the SPP funding. It is designed to assist the school in providing the additional support that these children may need and is currently worth £300 per service child who meets the eligibility criteria.

For more on this, please visit: The Service Pupil Premium: what you need to know (


NHS: Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group

This covers 26 GP surgeries and a registered population of more than 213,000 patients. It is a group of GPs responsible for planning and designing local health services in England. They do this by ‘commissioning’ (buying) health and care services, which includes:

  • Planned hospital care;
  • Urgent and emergency care;
  • Rehabilitation care;
  • Community health services and Mental health;
  • and learning disability services.

NHS: Healthcare for the armed forces community

Healthcare information and support for the UK's 10 million-strong armed forces community, including serving personnel, reservists, families and veterans.

Hands for Heroes

Free chiropractic treatment for veterans of the Iraq or Afghanistan conflicts is available through the hands for heroes scheme.

Blind Veterans UK

The Blind Veterans UK believe that no one who has served our country should battle blindness alone. That is why they are here to help with lifelong practical and emotional support. This is for Armed Forces and National Service veterans, regardless of when they served or how they lost their sight. They help veterans recover their independence and discover a life beyond sight loss.

The Warrior Programme

The Warrior Programme runs residential programmes in London, SW and NW for Veterans and adult Family Members of Veterans. The programme is ideally suited to people who are:

  • not fulfilling their potential;
  • stuck, frustrated, angry, guilty, unsure;
  • lacking in confidence;
  • struggling with the transition post operations in civie street or returning to 'normality'.

Combat Stress

Confidential and safe help and advice about Service-related mental health issues for the whole military community.

NHS 111

You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency (available 24 hours).



Free and 100% confidential helpline that provides a supportive, listening and signposting service for serving personnel, former members of the Armed Forces and their families.


Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.

Big White Wall

Share what's troubling you anonymously 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - join the Big White Wall network. Free for serving personnel, veterans, family members and carers.

Nomad Adventure Therapy

UK's fastest growing veteran's peer-support network and we'd love you to join us. Created by those who defended our country but suffered injury and illness as a result, we developed a unique self-development process with proven results. We will help you regain confidence, develop plans to achieve your goals and take your rightful position in the community.

Join our Facebook page: Nomad Adventure Therapy .


Care Act Support for Carers

Care and support in England is changing for the better and the Care Act is helping to make care and support more consistent across the country.

'Care and support' is the term which describes the help some adults need to live as well as possible with any illness or disability they may have. It can include help with things like washing, dressing, eating, getting out and about and keeping in touch with friends and family.

If you support someone as a carer, you could benefit from the changes.



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Sports and fitness

Sports and fitness

  • There is free access to all Calderdale Council leisure centre gymnasiums and swimming pools. This is for all serving Armed Forces personnel when on leave and reservists.
  • There is a free 12 month membership for all Armed Forces personnel within 12 months of discharge. This is for everyone who has left any of the three armed services.
  • If you have been discharged longer than 12 months, you can apply for membership at CMBC's Corporate discount rate.


Concessionary bus and train pass

Eligible Calderdale residents are entitled to a free concessionary travel pass.

Accommodation at Jerusalem Farm

A discount of 25% is available to serving and ex-members of the British Armed Forces when booking Jerusalem Farm Cottage via Yorkshire Cottages which is fully accessible.

Full details available on the Yorkshire Cottages Website.

To find this on their website, Select Yorkshire Dales on the 'Availability Search', then Bronte Country. In the 'Cottages Near' enter Hebden Bridge and then select Jerusalem Farm Cottage for prices/availability.

When booking, the discount code to use for the 25% discount is: Armed Forces.

For more about Jerusalem Farm, see: Accommodation at Jerusalem Farm .

Training and learning

Calderdale Adult Learning (CAL)

CAL are happy to support our local Armed Forces community and offer a 15% discount on courses.

For more on courses , including Maths and English, please see: Adult Learning .

For course enquiries or more details, phone: 01422 392820. The Learner Support team will be more than happy to help.

IOSH Managing Safely

Calderdale Health and Safety Section complete Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Courses for Calderdale staff and also the private sector. There is a discount available to those due to leave the Armed Forces that might wish to take up this training opportunity, or for those that have previously served and have a Defence Discount Card. The IOSH Managing Safely Course is currently offered at £150 for a full four day course with lunch provided. The IOSH Managing Safely Course is recognised worldwide as the leading course in respect of the management of health and safety. It is a worthwhile addition to any service personnel’s leaving Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Current course dates are as follows:

Course Name Dates
IOSH "Working Safely" 1 day course for employees (not supervisory or management)
  • No courses are currently scheduled
IOSH "Managing Safely" 4 days for supervisors/managers
  • No courses are currently scheduled

IOSH "Managing Safely" Refresher

  • No courses are currently scheduled

Note: The above courses are all held at Bankfield museum from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

RBLI LifeWorks

Designed to compliment existing local services, Lifeworks has an excellent track record in equipping, delegates for a speedy return into work, volunteering, or further education.

The course is not PowerPoint based and not a CV writing course. It is a course that responds to the needs of the individual.

It is a 4/5 day course tailored specifically towards helping ex-Forces personnel secure the future they want. For more details, visit: LifeWorks .

Support for local projects

Covenant Fund

The Covenant Fund (which replaced the 'Community Covenant Grant Scheme' on 1st September 2015) is to support the community covenant and to fund local projects that bring together the civilian and armed forces communities.


First World War centenary: events calendar

A calendar of all events to commemorate the First World War.

Armed Forces Day

This has taken place since 2017 in Halifax town centre. It is a popular event with local residents and the next one is being planned for June 2019.

Past events has seen Southgate filled with stalls, military vehicles, equipment, a medical tent and full field kitchen.

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If you would like any more information or would like to talk to a member of the team do not hesitate to contact us:

Armed Forces Community Covenant - Breakfast Club

Calderdale Council fully supports the ‘Halifax Veterans Breakfast Club’, hosted at Harvey’s of Halifax. This is part of the commitment the Council has with the Armed Forces Community Covenant. There is a Facebook page for those wishing to attend and register an interest in the Club: Halifax Veterans Breakfast Club .

The club runs on the last Friday of every month at 9.30am. Veterans and those still serving, can enjoy a discounted breakfast in the comfort of the store restaurant. All veterans are welcome to attend and please tell other veterans about the club being formed.

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