Making a home in civilian society

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 will live
  • what and where you will work
  • where your children will go to school
  • registering with a doctor and dentist
  • what you will need to set up a home

Finding a home

Affordable housing

You can take a look at affordable housing options that are available. This includes renting through housing associations, and new-build affordable housing. 

Council housing 

If you want to apply for council housing you can visit our council housing section that will give you more information, or you can visit Berneslai Homes who look after council houses on behalf of Barnsley Council. 

Homeless and housing advice 

If you're homeless or threatened with homelessness, or are preparing for service discharge, you may be given extra housing priority to access social housing. You can contact our homeless team for advice.

Housing help and advice 

There are lots of companies and charities that work with veterans that can help with finding you a home: 

Company/Charity Details 
Citizens Advice  Provides guidance on housing options, debts and financial hardship for people leaving the armed forces, veterans and their families.
Help to buy government scheme An agent to give you advice and help to find the best options of help to buy for you.  

Help4homeless is a charitable organisation based in South Yorkshire. They specialise in supporting veterans into accommodation by working with local authorities and housing associations.  You can email them at


SPACES is a team of staff 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


SSAFA is a national organisation offering a range of support to those who are serving or have served in the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines or the Royal Air Force, and to their families.  You can call SSAFA South Yorkshire on 07483 214925.


A veteran's charity and housing association, providing housing and access to services to enable 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 Provides advice regarding 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 

You'll need to think about finding a school close to your new home. You can find a school in Barnsley and also take a look at our school admissions

Register with a GP and dentist 

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. Once you’ve found one close to you, you can give them a call to register and book an appointment. Remember to tell them that you've served as this will help your GP to better understand any health conditions and refer you if appropriate to dedicated services for ex-forces.  

It's important to give your new 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.

What bills will I need to pay?

You can take a look at a list provided by Which as to what bills you may have to pay

Proof of service 

Any personnel who have left the military since December 2018 will automatically be given a new ID card.  The card is designed to give you easier access to public and charitable support including healthcare and housing as well as providing retail discounts. 

You can find out more about the veterans ID card at GOV.UK or get a copy of military service records.

Discount services

It can be a challenge trying to manage your money when you leave the armed forces. There are some discount schemes that could help you to save money on some services and goods, these include Blue Light Card and Defence Discount Service.

You can also find out more in our help with finance and debt section, to help you make the most of your money.