RNRMC Transition Support Service 

Transition from uniform to civilian life can be a difficult and daunting experience for the Service leaver and their family. This can be even more challenging if you only have a short period of time to prepare. There are many great services available to support you, however finding your way to the right one is not always easy.   

Our Transition Support Guides will work with you, and your family to ensure you make the most of services set up to support Service leavers and veterans on leaving the Royal Navy and to achieve the best possible transition to civilian life.  Our aim is to empower you to thrive and not just survive in civilian life.  

Who is it for?  

Involuntary early service leavers and their families. Various routes for involuntary discharge are laid out in BR3(1) Chapter 54 (5439 – 5450):  

  • Compulsory Withdrawal from Training (CWFT)  

  • Administrative Discharge or Discharge Shore 

  • Dismissal  

  • Medical Discharge 

  • Services No Longer Required e.g. CDT failure  

  • Veterans (and their families) who have recently left the service by one of these routes can also self-refer to this service. 

If you think we can help please contact us on: 

Tel: 023 9387 1568 

Email: transitionsupport@rnrmc.org.uk 

Our Promise

We will support you to prevent crisis by connecting with you as soon as possible after your notification of discharge.  

We will meet you where you feel comfortable. This does not need to be in a military establishment. It can be in your own home, a local coffee shop, on a virtual platform or over the phone. 

We will adopt a ‘by your side’ approach, enabling you and your family to achieve the best possible start to civilian life, regardless of the reason for leaving the Royal Navy. We will support you to develop a plan for the future and assist in putting this plan into action. 

We will work in a person-centred and family-centred way ensuring that you are the primary focus of our work and that you have choice and control over what we support you with and how we provide that support. 

We offer, non-judgmental, impartial and confidential support with fair and equal access to all who need it.  

Our Transition Support Guides will enable you and your family to develop a knowledge of your rights and improve access to the services and support that you are entitled to. 

We will work collaboratively with you, your family, military charities, voluntary sector organisations and public service providers. We will offer to act as a case co-ordinator, where appropriate, ensuring a joined-up approach and improved access to services and support. 

We understand that one person joins but the whole family serve. The transition Support Service is equally open to spouses and partners of the serving person or veteran.  

We will be considerate to your specific circumstances and adopt a flexible approach based around your individual needs, working creatively and collaboratively with you and your close family members to ensure that you achieve the best possible transition to civilian life. 

How we help

 

Co-ordination  

- Linking you to relevant entitlement of MoD Resettlement and Transition Services 

- Referrals to statutory and non-statutory support services 

- Signposting you to the military charity sector and voluntary sector support 

- Acting as a link worker, co-ordinating support services, keeping things on track, chasing up actions and monitoring outcomes 

- Supporting access to education (adult/child) 

- Supporting access to housing  

- Co-ordination of case conferences, and professional meetings 

- Assisting you to plan for the future and put plans into action 

Empowerment  

- Offering early support to plan transition once you receive notice of discharge  

- Providing you with information and empowering you with knowledge 

- Supporting you to access advice on finance, benefits, pensions and compensation 

- Referring you to organisations that offer financial support and grants   

- Promoting resilience and independence through side-by-side support/motivation and coaching  

- Side-by-side support/advocacy at meetings with agencies and professionals 

- Attendance and advocacy at meetings 

- Signposting to information sessions/training/seminars 

- Reducing isolation and loneliness by connecting you with networks, associations and local groups  

Access to specialist support  

- Promoting access to addiction support  

- Promoting access to specialist veterans’ health services  

- Supporting access to relationship counselling services 

- Sign posting to mental health support and specialist services for veterans 

- Support to complete forms 

- Support you with applications for benefits 

- Support you with applications for housing  

Family Support  

- Connecting you to services and support for your whole family  

- Connecting you to specialist children’s services  

- Offering individual support for your family members  

Co-production  

- Working with Experts by Experience to co-produce the service we offer to future Service leavers 

- Ensuring Service leavers and their families are valued for their contribution to the project and empowered by having their voices heard