Support for veterans

Find out more about support for veterans in Sunderland and how Veterans in Crisis Sunderland can help you.

Veterans in Crisis Sunderland (VICS)

Sunderland has one of the largest veteran communities in the country and is still one of the places with the highest recruiting figures for the Armed Forces.

Gentoo is extremely proud to support the Armed Forces community in Sunderland and last year we re-housed 68 veterans.

We’re a Platinum Partner of Veterans in Crisis Sunderland and their housing provider of choice.

If you are a veteran and you’re registered with a Sunderland GP and need help (or you know of someone that is), Veterans in Crisis Sunderland are here to help. Their mission is to do everything they can to get veterans back on their feet, however long it takes.

You don’t need to be in crisis – all veterans are welcome. You can call Ger on 07398 916 590 or Sam on 07495 825 799, or contact the office on 0191 567 1878.

How Veterans in Crisis Sunderland can help 

  • Help with your mental health and wellbeing
  • Support with training to get you into employment
  • Improve your fitness and wellbeing at The SARC (Sports And Recreation Centre)

For more information, visit the Veterans in Crisis Sunderland website or download the flyer. 

VICS Removals and Licensed Waste Disposal

A service provided by veterans who have served their country. The staff are trained in household removals, waste disposal, taking care of your belongings as if they were their own, working without complaint until the job is done to your satisfaction.

The services include:

  • Removal of domestic waste
  • Removal of commercial waste
  • Garden waste removal
  • Waste recycling services
  • Removal of furniture and electrical equipment
  • Retail services

From a full house move to a simple collect and deliver service or to collect and dispose of your unwanted items, VICS are ready to help. Contact Stan on 07949 490 129 or via email

In an emergency and for out of hours support, contact:


An NHS mental health specialist service designed to help serving personnel due to leave the military, reservists, armed forces veterans and their families. Call 0300 373 3332 or email

If you are homeless

Call Sunderland City Council on 0191 520 5551.

To report a rough sleeper

Call StreetLink on 0300 500 0914.