Huntingdonshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council are very pleased to be working together to support the armed forces community in Cambridgeshire.

There are many disadvantages that come with military service which can affect not only the serving person but their families too and sometimes these disadvantages or experiences during service can remain with a person or family long after they have completed their service.

This page has been created to provide signposting and support for the armed forces community, including guidance of who actually makes up the community, lists the main national charities as well as local support groups and clubs.

Are you a member of the armed forces community?

Regulars - Individuals currently serving as members of the Naval Service (including the Royal Navy and Royal Marines), Army or Royal Air Force.

Reservists - Volunteer reservists, who form the Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Marine Reserve, Territorial Army and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force and regular reservists, who comprise the Royal Fleet Reserve, Army Reserve and Royal Air Force Reserve.

Veterans - Those that have served at least one day in HM Armed Forces, whether as a regular or reservist.

Their families - The immediate family of the categories listed above. This is defined as spouses, civil partners and children for whom they are responsible, but can extend to parents, unmarried partners and other family members.

The bereaved – The immediate family of service personnel and veterans who have died, whether that death has any connection with service.

If so, you may be eligible for support from many national charities and support organisations.

Forces Connect app

There is a free app called Forces Connect that provides links to and information about local and national support for the Armed Forces Community. You can either search "Forces Connect" in your app store or use the following links:

 

National support

Below are a list of national agencies that can provide support.

 

Armed Forces and Veteran’s Breakfast/Brunch Clubs

Below are a list of armed forces and veteran's breakfast/brunch clubs.

The club meets on the third Saturday of the month from 9.30am onwards at:

The White Lion, Upwood Rd, Bury, Huntingdon, PE26 2PA

01487 813542

https://www.facebook.com/groups/616672392459714/

The club meets on the first and fourth Saturday of the month at 9am  at:

The Haywain, Constable Road, St Ives, PE27 3EP

https://www.facebook.com/groups/719310914866371

We are a group of veterans and serving members of Her Majesty's Armed Forces and, like other veteran’s breakfast clubs around the country and overseas, our ethos is mutual support. It works because we all have a similar humour and outlook, and the social life we now enjoy is like our service days.

George & Dragon, 267 Great North Road, Eaton Socon, St Neots, Cambs

Email: St_Neots@afvbc.com

https://www.facebook.com/groups/470259047213175

The support group provides a safe, non-judgmental and confidential environment for the armed forces community suffering with mental health Issues like PTSD, OCD, anxiety and/or depression. We encourage, support and assist each other with the many challenges that brings, and so much more. It is not compulsory to share at any of the meetings if you do not want to.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/210428424591742/

Royal Naval Association (Huntingdon and District Branch)

http://rna-community.com/huntingdon-district-branch

Royal Naval Association (St Neots and District Branch)

http://rna-community.com/st-neots-and-district

Royal Air Forces Association (Huntingdon and District Branch)

https://www.facebook.com/rafa.huntingdon

Royal Air Forces Association (St Neots)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/424276534327025

Royal British Legion branches and clubs

The RBL have branches in the following areas:

  • Brampton

  • Buckden

  • Earith

  • Great Gransden

  • Houghton and Wyton

  • Huntingdon

  • Kimbolton

  • Ramsey

  • Sawtry

  • Somersham

  • St Ives

  • St Neots

  • Stibbington

  • Warboys

  • Yaxley

Visit the RBL website for further details.