How we can help you

At the OA we understand that health comes first. Whether you’re looking for advice on physical or mental health, stress, or anxiety, we can help to point you in the direction of help. You may be looking for health care for later life, in which case we can also help. You may also find information on wellbeing helpful if you are looking for guidance on self esteem, addictions or diet and exercise.

Looking after others can be challenging as well as rewarding, so if you are a carer we can offer support for you and/or your family.

If you think you may be eligible for help from the OA, please contact us. For additional support and advice on specific subjects, please view the the options below.

How we helped Mr H with a grant, enabling him to remain in his own home

When 93 year old former RAF Officer Mr H found he was unable to climb the stairs, the OA arranged for an Honorary Representative to visit him in his home. The Hon Rep recommended that he should have a grant towards a stair lift.

The OA arranged for an Occupational Therapist to visit and assess Mr H's needs. Subsequently, and jointly with the RAF Benevolent Fund, Mr H was awarded a grant for the stair lift.

"I cannot thank you enough for the installation of the stair lift. This means that I will be able to continue living in my own home, which makes all the difference from having to consider alternate accommodation which could never be the same."

Mr H, former RAF officer

Helpful information

NHS Choices (also see their interactive tools to check your health) and AGE UK provide support for mental and physical health and offer a range of information which could help you with your concerns.

Help for Heroes supports Wounded, Injured and Sick personnel and their families. The charity provides a listening ear, fellowship and direct, practical support. Their Sports Recovery programme helps those who are physically injured whilst their Hidden Wounds programme is a psychological wellbeing service. To contact them, call 01980 844 280 or e-mail band of brothers or band of sisters.

For confidential and safe help and advice about Service-related mental health issues for the whole military community you can contact Combat Stress which support over 5,600 Veterans aged from 19 to 97. They are a vital lifeline for these men and women, and their families. Contact them direct via their helpline: 08001 381 619 (available 24 hours).

You can contact the Samaritans any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s upsetting you. Talk to them via their helpline: 08457 909 090 available 24 hours) or by email , available 24 hours a day. They provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.