Support for Ex-Military personnel and their families

If you are ex-military based in Oxfordshire, you and your families can benefit from an exciting new project.

We can offer specialist employability support designed to help you move into and towards the world of work.

At Aspire, we recognise that ex-military personnel and their families often face many barriers when leaving the service and can find it hard to know where to get help locally.

How we can support you:

  • One to one specialist employment support to help you access training, volunteering opportunities, work placements and in-work support.
  • Work experience on Aspire’s own social enterprises
  • Training courses and the chance to gain new qualifications
  • Specialist support available for ex-offenders
  • ESOL classes
  • Sports and social inclusion activities

Aspire can also link you into the following services:

  • Local Housing Associations and Homeless pathways
  • Debt Management support
  • Mental Health and counselling services
  • Children’s Centres and Family Link Services

We can tailor the support to meet individual or family needs and will work with you in a holistic way to help you move forward and feel part of the community you live in.

Barry’s story:


Flight Sergeant Barry Mills started working with Aspire in January 2018. Barry joined the RAF at 17 as an Aircraftman and served all over the world. Barry was medically discharged out of the RAF in August 2012 having completed 33 years military service. He was diagnosed with complex PTSD and felt he had “lost all purpose” in his life.

Barry has been getting specialist help for his PTSD from the Adult Mental Health Team in Witney and attends Witney Mind. Barry feels he has much to give to the local community and is keen to utilise the skills and knowledge he has gained in the military.

Aspire is working with Barry to help him update his CV and launch his own website where he can showcase his artwork and poetry and share his philosophy on colour and light. 



If, like Barry, you have served in the military or are in the process of transitioning out of the military and could benefit from this new project then please contact Caroline Winn, Aspire’s Employment and Development Worker on 07718 478925 or email

We would also be delighted to hear from any military charities/organisations or local employers who would like to work in partnership with Aspire as we build our support for ex-military personnel in Oxfordshire.