Through our links in the community, voluntary, private and statutory sectors we have identified Veteran-friendly organisations in Northern Ireland that welcome Veterans to join in and take part in their activities.

Arts, Culture & Heritage

For more information on Arts, Culture & Heritage activities in your area, contact our Positive Pathways Coordinator, Laura: 07935753803

As well as providing welfare support, guidance and training for Veterans, Andy Allen Veterans' Support also runs a programme of activities throughout the year. From photography and film to metal-detecting, there is something on offer for everyone. 

Contact: 028 9074 7071

Veterans Piping and Drumming

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:, or call 07964421665.

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.

Contact: 07566200299

Stages of War

The Lyric Theatre and Tandragee Veterans' Support Centre are workshops across Northern Ireland to gather stories from Veterans and their families, which will be used to create an original theatre piece. 

Contact: 07964421665

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

Contact: 0784321002

Sports & Outdoors

For more information on Sports & Outdoors activities in your area, contact our Positive Pathways Coordinator, Dennis: 07399866140
Athletics NI

Athletics 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.

Contact: 028 9060 2707

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. 
Contact: 0808 808 7575

Bullseye Archery

Bullseye Archery are based in the Down/Armagh area, but can travel throughout Northern Ireland to events as required. 

Contact: 07964421665

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.

Contact: 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.

Contact: 028 9046 9925

Every Body Active 2020 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.


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

Contact: 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.

Contact: 028 9074 7071

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.

Contact: 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.

Contact: 028 9049 4265

Outdoor Concepts

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

Contact: 028 90737271

Outdoor Recreation NI

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

Contact: 028 9030 3930

Powered by Sport - Sledge Hockey at The Rink

Powered By Sport believes sport has the power to positively impact on peoples mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. They offer Veterans the opportunity to take part in Sledge Hockey - a dry land wheeled version of para ice hockey. You can read about our experience trying Sledge Hockey here.

Contact: 07779297414

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.

Contact: 07711692485

Places to Visit

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.

Contact: 028 9045 4484

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.

Contact: 028 9266 3377

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.

Contact: 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

Contact: 07921167775

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.

Contact: 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.

Contact: 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.

Contact: 028 9182 3202

Titanic Belfast

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

Contact: 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.

Contact: 07724896215

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.

Contact: 028 9266 3377

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