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Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon
Veterans' Champion

Lavelle McIlwrath

Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon commisioner Lavelle McIlwrath

Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Veteran Champion

Lavelle McIlwrath

The Veterans' Champion in Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon is Councillor Lavelle McIlwrath.


The Deputy Veterans' Champion is Alderman Margaret Tinsley.


You can email Margaret at: margaret.tinsley@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk 

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Veteran Support Organisations in Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon

There are a number of organisations throughout Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon that provide support to Veterans.

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Veteran-friendly Organisations in
Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon

We have identified a range of organisations and activities in your area that welcome Veterans to join in and take part in their activities. Some of these organisations have received direct funding to offer Veteran-specific programmes, while others run year-round activities that are also open to the public.

Armagh Cricket Club


Armagh Cricket Club is an amateur sports team open to veterans and members of the public.

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028 3752 3925

Armagh Phoenix Group


The Armagh Phoenix Group is a Victims and Survivors organisation that supports those affected by the Troubles.

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028 3752 7802

Armagh Royal British Legion


The Armagh RBL provides financial, social and emotional care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces - past and present and their families. Both Branch and Club Committees meet on the first Thursday of every month at 7.30pm in the Club premises: 12-14 Dobbin Street, Armagh.



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028 3752 3021

Ballymacanallen Community Association


Ballymacanallen Community Association is a rural community organisation that aims to meet the social and economic needs of people in and around the townland of Ballymacanallen near Gilford, Co. Down.

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07503784032

Banbridge Angling Club


The Banbridge Angling Club was founded in 1946 to develop and manage game angling in the Banbridge area. It continues to thrive and provide quality game angling for wild brown trout,  rainbow trout, and end of season dollaghan and salmon. 


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028 4062 5039

Banbridge Royal British Legion


The Banbridge RBL provides financial, social and emotional care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces - past and present and their families.



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07834629770

Donaghcloney Royal British Legion


The Donaghcloney RBL provides financial, social and emotional care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces - past and present and their families. 


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07876395400

Portadown Royal British Legion


The Portadown RBL provides financial, social and emotional care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces - past and present and their families. 

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028 3833 2441

Rathfriland Royal British Legion


The Rathfriland RBL provides financial, social and emotional care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces - past and present and their families.


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07872664448

Redrock Partnership Development


The Redrock Development Partnership works to tackle social isolation by providing a communal meeting place that promotes education and inclusion.

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07979252441

Regenerate


Regenerate is a community development group which seeks to create a collective voice by empowering & educating members of the community. They also have a special Veterans Group which helps to create friendships among veterans, and supports their mental and physical wellbeing.


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028 3833 3368

The Royal Black Institution


The Royal Black Institution run a series of fundraising events and activities throughout the year. 

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028 3889 1362

Scarva & District Community Association


Scarva & District Community Association support their local community by running events and activities. 

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07549061462

South Lake Leisure Centre & Watersports


South Lake Leisure Centre & Watersports caters for individual ‘pay and play’ sessions as well as visits from groups, schools, and sporting organisations, whatever your age, experience and ability.


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0330 056 4411

Tandragee Royal British Legion


As well as providing support to all members, the Royal British Legion has received funding for a special project: 'A Golden Stitch in Time'. The project will enable veterans with mental health issues to learn new skills in machine embroidering, design, production and ordering materials to enable them to produce embroidered items.


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Tandragee Veterans' Support Centre


The Tandragee Veterans’ Support Centre has recently undergone an extensive renovation with funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Trust. The centre hosts a coffee morning every Wednesday from 11am, which is open to Veterans and their families. The centre also offers social activities and training opportunities for Veterans.

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Sport NI


Sport Northern Ireland is the leading public body for the development of sport in Northern Ireland.


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028 9038 1222

Museum of Orange Heritage


The Museum of Orange Heritage is a joint collaboration between the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland and County Armagh Grand Orange Lodge.


It is located at two sites, 'Sloan's House' in Loughgall, County Armagh and 'Schomberg House', Belfast.


The project aims to educate the wider public of the origins, traditions and continued relevance of the Orange Institution and its role in society.

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028 9070 1122

Reading Force


Reading Force  are passionate about using books to bring veterans and Forces children and families closer together. Their shared reading initiative encourages families to read, talk, and scrapbook about a book, improving communication and enriching relationships with books and each other – one page at a time.

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The Frontier Pipes and Drums


Veterans in Northern Ireland can now benefit from free tuition in piping and drumming, thanks to the formation of The Frontier Pipes and Drums. This project is open to all veterans, regardless of ability. Band rehearsals are held at various locations across NI. For details of your nearest location please email: mindthepipesanddrums@gmail.com, or call 07964421665.

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The Not Forgotten


Formed in 1930, The Not Forgotten Northern Ireland is a tri-service charity which provides entertainment, leisure and recreation activities for the serving wounded, injured or sick and for veterans.

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0784321002

Athletics NI


thletics NI are involved in all disciplines of athletics including track and field; cross-country; road, fell, ultra and mountain running. There are over 90 clubs based throughout Northern Ireland which are affiliated to Athletics Northern Ireland, and open to Veterans and members of the public.

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028 9060 2707

Age NI


Age NI has a wealth of information, resources and activities for older veterans. They run programmes throughout the year and offer opportunities to participate in fundraising initiatives.

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0808 808 7575

Civil Service Rugby Club


The Civil Service Rugby Club, based in East Belfast, is open to all ages and abilities. You do not need to be a Civil Servant to join.

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028 9052 2690

Disability Sport NI


Disability Sport NI is the main charity in Northern Ireland working with people with a disability who would like to get involved and take part in sport.


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028 9046 9925

Every Body Active 2020/House of Sport


Every Body Active 2020/House of Sport is a four year lottery funded programme aimed at getting people more active more often through sport and physical activity. Each council area is linking in with clubs, schools, and community organisations to provide opportunities to get involved in a wide range of sports and activities in your local area at a time and place to suit you.


Contact: eba2020@sportni.net

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028 9038 1222

Irish Disabled Fly Fishing Association


The Association is open to all abilities to access fly fishing through recreational activity and competitions.

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07512665379

Irish Football Association


Ahead of the Game is the Irish FA’s Foundation's mental health programme for football clubs. The course aims to support clubs and volunteers when dealing with mental health issues, challenging the stigma around mental health, promoting positive mental health and preventative measures.


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028 9074 7071

Lough Erne Yacht Cub - Veterans' Water Access Project


The Veterans' Water Access project is the only organisation offering Veterans access to water-based activities in the west of the province, offering Sailability, Power Boat Courses and group trips on the lough.

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028 6638 8432

NI Army Golf Association


The Army Golf Association (AGA) was formed in 1974 to promote the interests of all golfers, both officers and soldiers, regular and reserve. Since then it has encouraged Army personnel to take to the golf course and importantly enable those leaving the Army to continue to play in Army Golf competitions.



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028 9049 4265

Outdoor Concepts


Outdoor Concepts is an outdoor adventure company, offering a range of activities for Veterans and members of the public. 



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028 90737271

Outdoor Recreation NI


Outdoor Recreation NI is a not-for-profit organisation developing, managing and promoting outdoor recreation across Northern Ireland.



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028 9030 3930

Spokes In Motion Wheelchair Tennis Club


The Spokes In Motion Wheelchair Tennis Club offers an opportunity for veterans and members of the public with physical disabilities to participate in wheelchair tennis.

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07711692485

HMS Caroline


HMS Caroline is a C-class light cruiser, built in Birkenhead at Lairds shipyard in 1914. After fighting in Battle of Jutland, the largest naval battle in history, she was recommissioned for service in the East Indies. HMS Caroline arrived in Belfast in 1924 and became the static floating headquarters of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. After being decommissioned in 2011, the ship was restored with the help of Heritage Lottery Fund, Department of the Economy and the Heritage Memorial Fund and opened as a museum in June 2016.

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The Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum


The Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum aims to collect, safeguard and interpret artefacts and information relating to the Irish linen industry and the history of the Lagan Valley. You can read about the museum's Veteran project here.

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Northern Ireland War Memorial Museum


The Northern Ireland War Memorial Museum welcomes visitors from around the world with a permanent exhibition recalling the Belfast Blitz of 1941, and the presence of US forces from 1942 – 1944. The fallen are remembered in a magnificent stained glass window and granite plinth containing Books of Remembrance from both world wars.


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028 9032 0392

Portadown Post/NI Bunker


Portadown Post is a Cold War bunker buried underground on the outskirts of Portadown. It has been restored with working equipment, and is open to interested groups for tours. If you would like to visit, get in touch with Alastair. You can read about our visit to the bunker by clicking here. 

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Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum


This museum celebrates the history of the Royal Irish Fusiliers, who have played an important part in Armagh’s history since 1793. The museum houses displays of the Armagh, Cavan and Monaghan Militias from 1793 to 1968.


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028 3752 2911

Royal Ulster Rifles Museum


The museum houses an extensive collection of uniforms, badges, medals and regimental memorabilia covering the history of the Regiment and the campaigns in which it has fought since its formation in 1793.

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028 9023 2086

The Somme Association & Somme Museum


The Association built and owns the Somme Heritage Centre, between Newtownards and Bangor in Co. Down. It is an institution for the study and interpretation of Ireland’s contribution to the First World War, with particular reference to the Battle of the Somme. Built with the help of grants to commemorate the involvement of the 36th (Ulster) Division, 16th (Irish) Division and 10th (Irish) Division, it provides exhibitions, displays and information.

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028 9182 3202

Titanic Belfast


Titanic Belfast tells the story of Titanic from conception, through to construction and launch, to her maiden voyage and subsequent place in history.

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028 9076 6386

Ulster Aviation Society


Formed in 1968, the Ulster Aviation Society is a diverse, charitable organisation made up entirely of volunteers with a wide range of interests within aviation, with a central focus on furthering public education in the history of aviation. You can arrange to visit the hangar, or become a volunteer.

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War Years Remembered


War Years Remembered is a museum which brings to life stories and artefacts from the people of Northern Ireland. They offer  educational guided tours of the museum to various interested groups.

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028 9266 3377

PTSD Resolution


PTSD Resolution is a charity (no. 1133118) that helps Veterans (any former Armed Forces Personnel), Reservists and Families who are struggling to reintegrate into a normal work & family life because of trauma suffered during military service and other adverse life events. The charity is accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists to the Quality Network for Veterans Mental Health Services (QNVMHS)

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0300 302 0551

Hello Sunshine Therapy


Hello Sunshine Therapy is run by Mindset and Wellbeing Specialist, Jo. 


Jo practices Solution Focused Hypnotherapy using structured, practical and well-researched strategies to empower people to make positive, significant changes in their lives in a relatively short period of time.

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Versus Arthritus


Versus Arthritis is the UK's largest charity dedicated to supporting people with arthritis, chronic pain and musculoskeletal conditions. 


Support groups can be found across Northern Ireland, check out your local branch here:



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