A grant of £15,000 from the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity will help support the delivery of the SkillForce Veterans’ Support Programme, providing practical support to vulnerable British Army veterans whose attempts to create a life beyond the Armed Forces have faltered and are at risk of entering Police custody.
The Programme provides mentors who reach out to Veterans, developing their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and helping them to make positive choices towards their future. The programme uses peer Veteran-to-Veteran support, offering opportunities for vulnerable individuals to engage with an experienced, professionally qualified ex-Service mentor who gives beneficiaries the time and space to talk about matters that are of concern to them.
“This collaborative work helps divert veterans away from custody by giving them the help and support they need.” Inspector, Nottinghamshire Police.
CEO of SkillForce, Ben Slade, said:
It is a huge encouragement to know that we will be able to continue our support for former Armed Forces personnel and their families in the East Midlands.
Our reports reflect the hardships that some Veterans experience as they transition to civilian life, and some of the challenges that our Veterans’ Support Programme is now able to address. After giving so much, it is bewildering to know that isolation, unemployment, obtaining housing and motivation are some of the challenges our heroes have to face. It is humbling to think that there exists a pathway from fighting side by side in Afghanistan to being alone in Police Custody somewhere in the East Midlands.
We’re extremely proud to be supporting the Armed Forces Community in this way, and to be working so closely with ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.