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Caring in the Military

Are you a family living in Wiltshire with someone serving in the Armed Forces? Do you look after someone who couldn’t manage without your help?

See how our Courage to Care service can help you

Our Courage to Care service can:

  • Offer support with your caring role if you need it;
  • Help you develop new transferable skills for use in future postings and in later civilian life;
  • Provide opportunities for accredited training and work experience.

So if you are a carer living in a military family based in Wiltshire, register now to see how we might be able to support you in your caring role.

Register now

Courage to Care are looking for people to share their lived experiences to help shape future support within military communities, if you would like to do this please contact us by emailing

Why should you share your story?

Your story could help someone to come forward for support – a carer who might have felt alone in their situation, or not even have realised they are a carer and that help is out there.

  • Inspire other carers to reach out for support
  • Help us to raise awareness of carers
  • Help us to fundraise so more carers can be supported

Majority of carers in the Military don’t know help is available

According to the Army Welfare Service and Army Family Federation the majority of those looking after loved ones within the Armed Forces community may not be aware that help is available or may not even consider themselves carers. But if you look after a loved one that relies on you for help, whether it’s a brother, sister, wife, husband, partner, parent, grandparent or neighbour, you are a carer and there is help available.

Among those is Andrew, who was medically discharged from the Army in 2009 with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He cares for his wife who has mental health and learning difficulties. He has struggled to find work outside of the Forces due to his caring role and PTSD. We supported Andrew with housing issues, training, respite breaks and emotional support.

Read more about how Major Edd Gordon copes with his caring role in the military

Courage to Care’s team and funding

Courage to Care works with a network of trained support officers and volunteers from within the military community.

The Courage to Care service has been made possible thanks to a £130,000 grant from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. The Trust makes awards and grants to projects that support the Armed Forces community.