Forward Assist are always looking to develop the services that we offer to our Veterans to ensure we are offering the best support possible to help our heroes transition into civilian life.

Over a period of several years we have lead and contributed to several pieces of research.  Here are some examples of current and past work, more examples can be found in our archive.

We are currently researching Female Veterans and their transition and are the first organisation in the UK to look at gender specific support. We discovered that women weren’t accessing the services the men were upon leaving the forces and wanted to find out why.

Forward Assist now work with over 60 female veterans in the North East and UK, to create gender specific support, consulting with the women to gain their expertise. We also carry out a wide variety of activities for the women to increase confidence, reduce social isolation and gain new experiences.


Forward Assist are the first charity in the UK to create gender specific support for female veterans. We have worked very closely with female veterans in the North East and beyond to determine what support they need and the best way to deliver this.

This is an on-going project which has been proven to be very effective. Check out our video to see what we have been up to so far…. more


Representatives of Forward Assist Female Veterans Group were invited to Washington DC in February 2017. Here is the report detailing the findings from their meetings and research.. download pdf



According to the MOD, ‘the Armed Forces Covenant sets out the relationship between the Nation, the State and the Armed Forces. It recognises that the whole nation has a moral obligation to members of the Armed Forces and their families, and it establishes how they should expect to be treated.

It exists to redress the disadvantages that the Armed Forces community faces in comparison to other citizens, and to recognise sacrifices made. In some cases this will require special consideration, especially for those who have given the most such as the injured and the bereaved… download pdf


Veterans are notoriously bad at asking for help and may view survival ‘on the streets’, or when experiencing acute adversity, as a continuation of the field exercises or combat missions that they took part in whilst on active service.

Couple this with a highly developed sense of pride and a stubborn independence not become viewed as a burden on society, it’s not surprising that civilian orientated support services find it difficult to maintain a meaningful relationship with ex forces personnel… download pdf


There is a lack of social justice and equality for ex-service personnel involved with the Criminal Justice System and living in the community.

Tony Wright, Managing Director of Forward Assist says that we must provide a more personalised support service for them… download pdf