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Armed Forces Community

Weekly Armed Forces Drop-in events

The weekly Armed Forces Drop-In allows members to meet and chat with others, and access specialist advice and support. It's held every Tuesday at the Spurriergate Centre in York, from 10.30am-12.30pm. Just pop in, no appointment needed.

York Armed Forces Veterans Breakfast Clubs

The breakfast clubs allow members of the armed forces family to meet face to face in a relaxed, safe and social environment. People can come along to enjoy breakfast and banter with others who have similar, shared experiences. It can help to combat the loneliness that some veterans feel when they leave service: York Armed Forces and Veterans of All Ages Breakfast Clubs

Community Information and Directory of Support

The directory has a wide range of identification, referral, advice and contact information about available support: The York Armed Forces Community Information and Directory of Support 2022

Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant gives information and support on:

  • education and training
  • housing
  • employment
  • welfare
  • health
  • drug and alcohol services
  • family support

To find out more about The Armed Forces Covenant, please visit the Armed Forces Covenant website.

The City of York Council website also includes detail of the York Armed Forces Covenant.

The Armed Forces Community

The Armed Forces community is made up of:

  • those serving in HM Armed Forces or Armed Forces Reserves: the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, the Royal Air Force and the Regular Army plus their constituent Reserves.
  • ex-Servicemen and women (Veterans), those who have served at least one day in HM Armed Forces as a Regular or Reservist, or were part of a civilian organisation under the command of the Military at the time of an armed conflict, for example certain members of the Merchant Navy during the Falklands War.
  • the dependents of Serving and ex-Service personnel. This includes spouses, civil partners and children. This definition can be extended to unmarried partners, parents and other family members where they have taken on caring responsibilities for a seriously injured Serviceman or woman, or for the child of a deceased Serviceman or woman.
  • the bereaved; the immediate family of Service personnel and ex-Service personnel who have died, whether or not that death has any connection with service.



Last updated: 05/12/2023