Looking after someone with a serious disability or illness can be challenging at the best of times. When you are serving in the Armed Forces or are a service family if can be even more so.

You could posted many miles away from your usual support networks and as a military spouse you may have to be coping on your own while your partner is posted elsewhere.

What is Courage to Care?

Courage to Care is a service designed specifically to help support Armed Forces personnel and their families in Wiltshire looking after someone who couldn’t manage without them. That could be an older parent with dementia, an autistic child or a partner with mental health issues.

“At times being a Military family which includes a member with additional needs can be incredibly tough and lonely, juggling family life alongside appointments, deployments and house moves. Having someone like Carer Support Wiltshire to help, advise and support us through the more difficult times can help lessen the stresses that can come with that”.

Do you need support with your caring role?

We can help you access the support you need in your caring role:

  • We can work with you to assess your caring needs;
  • Develop and agree a support plan tailored to your needs;
  • We can refer and signpost you to services in your local community;
  • Visit our carer cafes in Tidworth & Larkhill.

Would you like to get back into work?

If you’ve got the support in place to help you with your caring role, perhaps you’d now like to get back into work? Or you might be transitioning out of the Armed Forces and just want to develop your skills. We can help with:

  • Support refreshing your skills & knowledge to help you back into the workplace;
  • Accredited training and work experience opportunities;
  • Volunteering opportunities.

What to do next?

You can access our services in several ways:

  • Let your GP/medical centre know you are in a caring role & they can refer you to us;
  • You can self-refer by clicking on the register button below;
  • You can pop along to one of our cafes and chat to one of our Courage to Care team.

Register now

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.