There’s a lot to think about when you leave the forces. Some of the things you’ll need to think about are:
- where you'll live
- what you'll do for work
- what you'll need to set up a home
- where your children will go to school
- getting registered with a doctor and dentist
Finding a home
Take a look at affordable housing options. This includes renting through housing associations and new-build affordable housing.
Homeless and housing advice
If you're homeless, threatened with homelessness, or are getting ready for service discharge, you may be given extra housing priority for social housing. Contact our homeless team for advice.
Housing help and advice
There are lots of organisations that work with veterans that can help with finding you a home.
|Citizens Advice||Help on housing options, debts and financial hardship for those leaving the armed forces. They also provide support to veterans and their families.|
|Help to buy||Advice for the best help to buy option for you.|
Charity based in South Yorkshire. They support veterans through working with local authorities and housing associations. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
SPACES is based within The Beacon at Catterick, North Yorkshire. They help to secure accommodation when leaving the armed forces and provide support up to 12 months prior to and six months’ post discharge. You can call them on (01748) 830191 or email email@example.com
SSAFA is offer a range of support to those who are serving or have served in the forces, and to their families. You can call SSAFA South Yorkshire on 07483 214925.
A veteran's charity and housing association. They provide housing and access to services to help vulnerable and disabled veterans to live independently. You can call them on 020 7385 2110.
|Veterans' Gateway||Help and advice if you are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless.|
|Veterans UK||Advice for the help available to ex-service personnel who are homeless or are threatened with homelessness.|
Jobs and training
You can find out more in our employment, education and skill section.
Finding a local school
GPs and dentists
You’ll need to register with a GP and dentist close to where you live. You can search to find a GP and find a dentist online. Tell your GP that you've served as this will help them to better understand any health conditions and refer you to services for ex-forces.
It's important to give your GP a copy of your military medical centre paperwork. This will help to make sure that your military health records are transferred to your NHS health record.
You can find out more in our health and wellbeing section.
You'll need to pay:
- rent or mortgage
- council tax
- utility bills (electricity, gas and water)
- telecoms (phone, internet and TV)
- TV licence
You can also take a look at the Which website for what bills you may have to pay.
Proof of service
Any personnel who have left the military since December 2018 will be given a new ID card. The card is gives you easier access to public and charitable support, including healthcare and housing, as well as retail discounts.
You can find out more in our help with finance and debt section.