What is a community taster session?

These sessions provide an opportunity to connect with other veterans and families. You can also meet our team and find out more about the support, services and events we offer. No questions asked, no obligation to sign up for anything.

Who is it for?

No matter when, where or how long you served, our support and services are available to every veteran who served in the British Armed Forces, either as a Regular or Reserve, and we support your families and carers too.  

What can I expect?

 A chance to connect with others who understand your background and have shared your life experiences. 

Sometimes it’s hard to reach out to others. We get it. But you aren't alone, we're here for you and so are the rest of the Armed Forces Community. This is a way to dip your toes back into the water and feel like part of a community again.  

ARE YOU FEELING NERVOUS OR ANXIOUS?

It’s natural to have feelings of nervousness and anxiety before coming along, but that quickly disappears. Our Community Taster sessions are just about bringing members of the Armed Forces Community together to feel connected. 

What next?

  • Pick a location and day to come
  • Bring a friend or a family member along if you know they would benefit too
  • Turn up

Leave the rest to us.


    • For our veterans and family members currently living in Northern Ireland, please reach out to our regional team for further details:

      • saf.scotlandandni@helpforheroes.org.uk

      • Aberdeen: Dobbies Garden Centre - AB15 6AX 

        • Thursday 7th March 2024 @11:00 - 12:30


        Braemar: Highland Games Pavilion - AB35 5YX

        • Wednesday 20th March 2024 @12:00 - 13:30


        Dunfermline: Costa Coffee Halbeath  - KY11 8DX

        • Tuesday 9th April 2024 @11:00 - 12:30


        Dumfries: Costa Coffee Dumfries  - DG2 9BF

        • Thursday 18th April 2024 @11:00 - 12:30


        Inverness: Dobbies Garden Centre - IV2 3TW

        • Tuesday 26th March 2024 @11:30 - 13:30


        Livingston: Dobbies Garden Centre - EH52 6PA

        • Tuesday 26th March 2024 @11:00 - 12:30


        Perth: Dobbies Garden Centre - PH1 3JJ

        • Tuesday 5th March 2024 @11:00 - 12:30


        Scottish Borders: Milestone Garden Centre - TD6 0PL

        • Thursday 21st March 2024 @11:00 - 12:30


        Stirling: Costa Coffee Stirling  - FK7 7TL

        • Tuesday 23rd April 2024 @11:00 - 12:30


        Have you got a question?

        • saf.scotlandandni@helpforheroes.org.uk
      • Bridgend: Nuffield Gym, Waterton Retail Park - CF31 3YW

        • Tuesday 26th March 2024 @ 11:00 - 13:00


        Builth Wells: The Strand Hall - LD2 3AA

        • Thursday 14th March 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00
        • Thursday 11th April 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00


        Carmarthen: Carmarthen Leisure Centre - SA31 3NQ

        • Wednesday 6th March 2024 @ 11:00 - 13:00
        • Wednesday 3rd April 2024 @ 11:00 - 13:00
        • Wednesday 1st May 2024 @ 11:00 - 13:00


        Hereford: Veteran Support Centre - HR4 0BX

        • Wednesday 27th March 2024 @ 11:00 - 13:00
        • Wednesday 24th April 2024 @ 11:00 - 13:00
        • Wednesday 22nd May 2024 @ 11:00 - 13:00


        Llandrindod Wells : Llandrindod Food Bank - LD1 5ER

        • Monday 25th March 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00
        • Monday 29th April 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00


        Newport: International Sports Village - NP19 4RA

        • Tuesday 12th March 2024 @ 11:00 - 13:00
        • Tuesday 9th April 2024 @ 11:00 - 13:00
        • Tuesday 14th May 2024 @ 11:00 - 13:00

        Newtown: Ponthafren Newtown - SY16 2DY

        • Monday 18th March 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00
        • Monday 15th April 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00


        Welshpool: The Armoury, Ponthafren Welshpool - SY21 7NA

        • Thursday 28th March 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00
        • Thursday 25th April 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00


        Have you got a question?

        • saf.wales@helpforheroes.org.uk

      • Barnstaple: Barnstaple Rugby Club - EX31 1JH

        • Thursday 14th March 2024 @ 10:30 - 12:30
        • Thursday 11th April 2024 @ 10:30 - 12:30
        • Thursday 9th May 2024 @ 10:30 - 12:30
        • Thursday 13th June 2024 @ 10:30 - 12:30


        Bath: Bath City Farm - BA2 1NW 

        • Thursday 11th April 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00
        • Thursday 9th May 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00
        • Thursday 13th June 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00


        Bristol: Bedminster Cricket Club - BS3 2JX 

        • Thursday 28th March 2024 @ 10:00 - 14:00
        • Thursday 25th April 2024 @ 10:00 - 14:00
        • Thursday 30th May 2024 : 10:00 - 14:00
        • Thursday 27th June 2024 @ 10:00 - 14:00


        Bude: Crooklets Beach Cafe  - EX23 8NE 

        • Tuesday 26th March 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:30
        • Tuesday 23rd April 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:30


        Exeter: St Sidwells Community Centre  - EX4 6NN

        • Wednesday 27th March 2024 @ 09:30 - 11:30


        Exmouth: Cranford Club - EX8 2EQ

        • Wednesday 6th March 2024 @ 13:30 - 15:30
        • Wednesday 3rd April 2024 @ 13:30 - 15:30
        • Wednesday 1st May 2024 @ 13:30 - 15:30
        • Wednesday 5th June 2024 @ 13:30 - 15:30


        Plymouth: Wolseley Hall - PL2 3BY

        • Friday 15th March 2024 @ 10:00 - 13:00
        • Friday 19th April 2024 @ 10:00 - 13:00
        • Friday 17th May 2024 @ 10:00 - 13:00
        • Friday 21st June 2024 @ 10:00 - 13:00


        Redruth: Redruth Rugby Club - TR15 1SY

        • Tuesday 5th March 2024 @ 10:30 - 13:30
        • Tuesday 2nd April 2024 @ 10:30 - 13:30


        Taunton: Taunton Racecourse - TA3 7BL

        • Wednesday 27th March 2024 @ 11:00 - 13:00
        • Wednesday 24th April 2024 @ 11:00 - 13:00


        Torbay: Paignton Rugby Club - TQ4 6AT

        • Wednesday 20th March 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00
        • Wednesday 17th April 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00
        • Wednesday 15th May 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00
        • Wednesday 19th June 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00


        Have you got a question?

        • saf.west@helpforheroes.org.uk
      • Berkshire: Lakeview Cafe, Sandhurst - GU47 8JW

        • Tuesday 19th March 2024 @ 11:00 - 13:00


        Dorset: The Spire, Poole - BH15 1DF

        • Wednesday 27th March 2024 @ 11:00 - 14:00


        Dorset: The Veterans Hub, Weymouth - DT4 9AD

        • Tuesday 19th March 2024 @ 11:00 - 14:00


        Gloucestershire: Lake 32, Cirencester - GL7 6DQ

        • Friday 8th March 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00
        • Friday 12th April 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00
        • Friday 10th May 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00


        Hampshire: Boswells Cafe, Andover - SP10 1LS

        • Tuesday 5th March 2024 @ 11:00 - 13:00


        Hampshire: Cafe Dome, Basingstoke - RG22 4EH

        • Tuesday 26th March 2024 @ 10:30 - 12:30


        Hampshire: Royal Maritime Hotel, Portsmouth - PO1 3HS

        • Wednesday 6th March 2024 @ 11:30 - 13:00
        • Wednesday 3rd April 2024 @ 11:30 - 13:00


        Kent: Cyclopark - DA11 7NP

        • Wednesday 27th March 2024 @ 10:30 - 12:30


        London: Tealby's (Battersea Dogs Home) - SW11 4FA

        • Friday 15th March 2024 @ 9:30 - 11:30
        • Friday 19th April 2024 @ 9:30 - 11:30


        West Sussex: Charlie Charlie One Cafe, Bognor - PO21 1SP

        • Monday 25th March 2024 @ 10:30 - 12:30


        Have you got a question?

        • saf.south@helpforheroes.org.uk
      • Bedfordshire: Toby Carvery, Bedford - MK41 0DS

        • Tuesday 26th March 2024 @ 12:00 - 13:30


        Cambridgeshire: Ferry Meadows Cafe, Peterborough - PE2 5UU

        • Thursday 28th March 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00


        Derbyshire: Toby Carvery, Chaddesden - DE21 6LZ

        • Monday 25th March 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:30


        Leicestershire: Rothley  - LE7 7NL

        • Tuesday 12th March 2024 @ 10:30 - 12:00


        Lincolnshire: Lincoln Rugby Club - LN2 2RS

        • Thursday 7th March 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00
        • Thursday 4th April 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00
        • Thursday 2nd May 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00


        Nottinghamshire: YMCA Newark & Sherwood Community & Activity Village - NG24 4FH

        • Thursday 21st March 2024 @ 11:00 - 12:30
        • Thursday 18th April 2024 @ 11:00 - 12:30


        Staffordshire: Toby Carvery, Stoke on Trent - ST4 8BU

        • Wednesday 27th March 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00


        Suffolk: Coffee Cell, Ipswich - IP1 3BX

        • Wednesday 20th March 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00
        • Wednesday 17th April 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00


        Have you got a question?

        • saf.east@helpforheroes.org.uk
      • Durham : Peggotty's, Bishop Auckland - DL13 3AR

        • Wednesday 20th March 2024 @ 10:00 - 13:00
        • Wednesday 17th April 2024 @ 10:00 - 13:00
        • Wednesday 15th May 2024 @ 10:00 - 13:00


        Durham : The ARMourY (formerly Flanders), Seaham - SR7 7HF

        • Wednesday 6th March 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00
        • Wednesday 3rd April 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00
        • Wednesday 1st May 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00

          Northumberland : Radcliffes Cafe Bar, Morpeth  - NE65 0FB

          • Wednesday 27th March 2024 @ 11:00 - 13:00
          • Wednesday 24th April 2024 @ 11:00 - 13:00
          • Wednesday 22nd May 2024 @ 11:00 - 13:00


          North Yorkshire : St Aidan's Church Hall, Catterick Garrison  - DL9 3HP

          • Friday 1st March 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00
          • Friday 8th March 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00
          • Friday 15th March 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00
          • Friday 22nd March 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00
          • Friday 5th April 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00


          South Yorkshire : Manvers Lake and Dearne Valley Trust, Rotherham - S63 7DG

          • Tuesday 26th March 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:30


          Tyne and Wear : Howdon Community Hub, Newcastle - NE28 0PP

          • Monday 11th March 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00
          • Wednesday 10th April 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00
          • Wednesday 8th May 2024 @ 10:00 - 12:00


          Have you got a question?

          •  saf.north@helpforheroes.org.uk