Working in partnership with Fighting With Pride, Age UK is delivering the Operation Sterling programme to help older LGBT+ veterans, service personnel and their families.The Operation Sterling programme provides telephone-based support, advice and casework to older LGBT+ veterans through Age UK’s Advice Line. The existing expertise of Age UK’s Advice Line advisors and the knowledge that Fighting With Pride has about how best to support the well-being of LGBT+ veterans means that Operation Sterling can support older LGBT+ veterans in many different ways.There’s a focus on helping older LGBT+ veterans access financial support – from working out what support they might be eligible for to help them get started on the claims process. But Age UK’s advisors can also provide further support, like advising older LGBT+ veterans on housing options and social care.The team have really enjoyed chatting to veterans and the service has already identified ~£4000 worth of unclaimed financial entitlements!  If you are an LGBT+ Veteran aged 50+ and would like to access the specialised support offered through Age UK-Op Sterling don’t hesitate to get in touch with FWP through our Op Sterling contact form and one of our support team will make contact with you and start the referral process for you.

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