Counselling is not a word everyone likes to hear, and not everyone feels they need it or wants to try it. It does not mean there is something wrong with you, simply that talking to someone may be something you need to help get you through. Counselling can take many forms,  bereavement, CBT, and life coaching are just a few.  The Association aims to assist members in attended the best service for them. This page is designed to help you access the most appropriate service for you or your child.

Army Welfare Service

The Army offers counselling to all service personnel, and is able to provide bereavement counselling for widows, widowers, recognised partners and dependent children. Bereavement counselling is based on what is best for the individual, using local counsellors for ease of access where possible. Users will be fully involved in the selection of a counsellor.

An initial exploratory session with the Army Welfare Service (AWS) is offered to identify what is required, and also to assess the suitability of counsellor. Sessions and progress are then provided and assessed on an individual basis.

Your visiting officer (VOs) will be able to liaise with the local Army Welfare Service to arrange this should you feel it would be of benefit to you or your children. If you wish to access counselling separately from the VO for any reason, please contact your local AWS team directly.

You can find details of your local AWS team by contacting the Army Welfare Information Service (AWIS) on 01980 615977/0800 0326443 or visiting Army Welfare Support

Other routes to counselling

There are many charities who may be able to help you or your children when trying to access counselling services. Below are details of some that our members have found helpful, however a full list can be found under Support Charities/Associations on our useful links page.

  • Cruse a bereavement Charity which can provide help in the forms of counselling, group sessions or just someone on the telephone, for anyone following the death of someone close. They provide children, and young people services too.
  • Winston’s Wish is a Charity set up in 1992 to try to help meet the needs of bereaved children, young people and their families. Since then they have helped thousands of children begin to live with their loss. Winston (the bear mascot), has a wish that every child should receive the help and support they need to cope with the death of someone important in their lives.
  • Child Bereavement UK is a Charity providing support and information for all families when a child is grieving or when a child dies. They have specially trained professionals to help families rebuild their lives after loss.

Support from the Army Widows’ Association

If there is any member of the Army Widows’ Association who is unable to access Counselling, of any form, from the services above, please let us know, as we may be able to help arrange sessions for you, or your child. Please contact either our Chair or Vice Chair (details on the contact us page).