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Armed Forces Outreach Service (AFOS)

About us: 

Armed Forces Outreach Service helps veterans make the transition from military life back into civilian life and also support serving members of the Armed Forces and their families.

The service, currently covering Gateshead and Newcastle, is run by Mick Downworth, based at Gateshead Civic Centre, a veteran who served 23 years in the British Army, and supported by veteran Steve Lambert, based at Newcastle Civic Centre, working with Your Homes Newcastle.

As well as Mick, Gateshead Council also has an Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Stuart Green, who works with partners locally and regionally to help drive improvement to services offered to the armed forces community.

The service is available Monday to Friday, offering help with:

Benefits – We can check that you or your family member has accessed all of the benefits available to you from the MOD.

Employment – Support and advice on employment can also be provided by our Armed Forces Community Outreach Worker.

Housing – Your time in military service will be taken into account if you apply for housing with Gateshead Council. Supported housing is also available for ex-service people through care and support.

Gateshead: Mick Downworth 0191 433 2612 mickdownworth@gateshead.gov.uk

Newcastle: Steve Lambert 0191 277 1297 Steve.Lambert@yhn.org.uk

Contact Person: 
Mick Downworth
Telephone: 
0191 4332612
Address: 
Armed Forces Outreach Service
Housing Services
Civic Centre
Gateshead
NE8 1HH
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