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.
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: email@example.com, or call 07964421665.
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.
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.
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.
Sports & Outdoors
For more information on Sports & Outdoors activities in your area, contact our Positive Pathways Coordinator, Dennis: 07399866140
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.