Supporting the Frontline

Since 1943 we have supported those who serve.

Our Mission

To provide a high-quality medical welfare service to those who serve the nation

Who we support

Serving and Reservists

Those who have served

Armed Forces Families

Blue Light Services

NHS Staff

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The Merchant Navy

The difference we make

Over 1 million

patients and families supported by DMWS since 1943

1/4 million

pounds saved by the NHS with just two DMWS projects

70 million

days are lost each year to mental health illness each year

Mark’s story

DMWS’s Welfare Officer met Mark, a 35-year-old veteran, in hospital following an attempt to take his own life. He was homeless and had been living in a tent for a long time. He had lost faith in anyone being able to help him after years of failed support.

With dedicated support from the DMWS Welfare Officer, Mark started to gain trust and confidence. This included securing treatment from a Mental Health Hospital and securing temporary accommodation with high priority for permanent housing. Mark has made brilliant progress, feeling valued and supported. He is now taking part in sailing and a local zoo project as well as getting support for PTSD. Most importantly, he doesn’t want to take his own life anymore.

Our Welfare Officer continues to help Mark with his housing position, as well as food parcels and support with getting the benefits he is entitled to. DMWS will continue to be there to support Mark as he makes plans for the future.

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Armed Forces Covenant

Support Us

DMWS is an elected member of the Cobseo Executive Committee 

Cobseo is the Confederation of Service Charities which represents the needs of the whole serving and veterans community.

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