The Vulnerable Veterans Project

PRAISE FOR VULNERABLE VETERANS UK

We were delighted to receive this praise via Twitter from the amazing team at Surrey Heath Veterans & Families – Listening Project who recently celebrated their 4 year anniversary. Thank you team, this is very much appreciated!

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January 2017 & H&S compliant.

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The Vulnerable Veterans Project helps British armed forces veterans, reserves and their families who come into contact with the criminal justice system or become homeless.

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Vulnerable Veterans – Halting the Revolving Door. Moves into Phase 2. On the first of September 2016, following the successful conclusion of our initial  work that proves that there is a need for specific support died at ex-service folk and their families we were supported by David Munro the PCC for Surrey to continue our work keeping service folk safe. Our work on guiding, prevention and working within transforming justice themes remains unique. There are a wide variety of support services and charities offering support already and we will not “re-invent the wheel” so we have created a Gazetteer of support available for Veterans (currently based on Surrey but clearly covering the national services). Please see the link to this and the overarching Phase 1 report on our Reports page.

 

We can do better

Following the fantastic achievements of all the athletes in the Olympic and Para-Olympic games in Rio we should take stock of just where we are and realise that if we want to change we can change.

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I have been overwhelmed by the commitment of veterans to set themselves new goals and then go on and smash them.

Our commitment is to be there for our veterans and help them “to surf” 😀

 

Please see our latest Post “SMPL REQUEST” on the Blog. Thank you in anticipation!

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Please check out our Reports and Publications page for the latest data available in our new report!

Have a look at our introductory Leaflet here: Click on the link below!

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What can you do to help?
Tell people about this exciting programme that is assisting Vulnerable Veterans.
Signpost veterans, reservist and their families to us.
Put us in touch with anyone you think we can support.

Why?
Well saving one life would be fantastic but in taking veterans out of the criminal justice system we will have saved your tax pounds and scarce resources for another vital task. By helping Vulnerable Veterans we are actually helping ourselves.
Web Links:

MoD https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-defence

OPCC Surrey http://www.surrey-pcc.gov.uk

SCPB http://surreycc.gov.uk/armedforces

SMPL http://smpl.org.uk

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This programme is going well: Our initial research and the subsequent report is completed. Easter has gone by and we are actively looking for volunteer Go to Guys and Girls who will mentor and coach veterans. If you think YOU may like to be a coach across Surrey – email us: contact@smpl.org.uk (or visit our contact page).

Help Us!

We are researching issues that veterans families face. Are you a veteran with a view, a reserve or a member of a veterans family? Let us know what is good or bad about leaving the forces. What has your experience been?

email us at contact@smpl.org.uk – or see the contacts page

Follow us on twitter @SimpleIsntIt (and we will follow you back so we can direct message you.)

Our remit is across Surrey but that shouldn’t stop you getting in touch. We will try to help wherever you are.

Governance of the Programme

ArmedForcesCovenentThe Vulnerable Veterans Programme is funded by the Ministry of Defence through the Armed Forces Covenant Fund [follow the link here,  http://bit.ly/1NxP6Km ] and is managed through the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey supported by the Surrey Civilian Military Partnership Board.
It is presented by Roger and Lucy Nield who are parents to two serving soldiers.
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The programme started in February 2016 and covers the county of Surrey at this time.

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Introduction to the Veterans Programme

Our team are delighted to introduce the Veterans Programme to you. The goal of this work
is to save the lives of our veterans in crisis in Surrey. In the context of this programme ‘veteran’ includes soldiers, sailors, marines, and RAF staff and includes our reserves and their families. It is proudly part of the Community Covenant.

imagesFACT: In 2015 some fifteen veterans were helped from rough sleeping to emergency accommodation and on to supported living. (@YorkRoadProject)

It is a sad truth that some veterans fall into contact with the Criminal Justice System and we will work with them to address their behaviour and mentor them to change their lifestyles to better and sustainable ones.

FACT: Between seven and nine percent of Surrey’s prisons populations is made up of veterans.

Why is this service necessary? Well there are many military charities and organisations that cover Surrey but there are none that specifically work alongside the criminal justice system to save the lives of veterans and prevent offending and anti-social behaviour.

FACT: There are 143 military facing charities covering Surrey (Google).

Also the military have specific issues when it comes to accessing local services. They also appear to be invisible in our communities.

FACT: In Runnymede alone there are 40+ veterans families (Runnymede BC)

Who is supporting us?

The Ministry of Defence and the OPCC for Surrey and the Surrey Civilian Partnership Board [SCPB] are all on board.

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What can you do to help?
Tell people about this exciting programme that is assisting Vulnerable Veterans.
Signpost veterans, reservist and their families to us.
Put us in touch with anyone you think we can support.

Why?
Well saving one life would be fantastic but in taking veterans out of the criminal justice system we will have saved your tax pounds and scarce resources for another vital task. By helping Vulnerable Veterans we are actually helping ourselves.
Web Links:

MoD https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-defence

OPCC Surrey http://www.surrey-pcc.gov.uk

SCPB http://surreycc.gov.uk/armedforces

SMPL http://smpl.org.uk

We already support: The Masato Studio “homeless beanie” project and through them Woking’s “York Road Project”.


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We also assist the PWRR Welfare and Benevolent Fund one of the charities associated with  Surrey’s local infantry regiment:

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