New Government funding for ‘Pathway’ welcomed by veterans support organisations
Published by Susan Littlemore for Riverside in Housing and also in Care and Support
Riverside ECHG Veterans centre, The Beacon.
A new national coalition of organisations working with ex-Servicemen and women has welcomed the Government’s announcement of £6million funding for the development of a unique ‘Veterans Pathway’ in Colchester, combining housing and support for almost 300 homeless veterans each year.
The coalition is comprised of Riverside housing, Stoll and Haig Housing, specialists in working with veterans and their families who together support thousands of veterans annually.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to combine our expertise and resources to develop a comprehensive pathway which will make a world of difference to helping homeless veterans out of housing need, into training and therapeutic support and back into civilian life,” said Riverside’s Executive Director of Care and Support, Leann Hearne.
The pathway will offer a range of support for veterans including a new state-of-the-art temporary accommodation centre, health and wellbeing support as well as access to employment and training opportunities.
“Stoll is a leading provider of supported housing for veterans in the UK and we specialise in delivering therapeutic spaces for disabled and vulnerable veterans to recover and reintegrate into society. We are very proud to be working with other leaders in their field supporting veterans and hope this pathway marks a watershed in the way that housing providers work together to support this country’s most vulnerable veterans,” said Ed Tytherleigh, Chief Executive, Stoll
Importantly, when each person is ready to move on a key focus will be on providing permanent homes fit for veterans.
James Richardson, Chief Executive of Haig Housing, added: “Following the early therapeutic interventions, welfare and health support and encouragement back into work and training, the need for decent long term housing is vital for veterans; a home provides a secure foundation for life in the civilian world. Haig Housing has decades of experience in the provision of good quality housing and housing advice for veterans and is particularly delighted to be involved in housing provision in Colchester - an area with such a strong military connection.”
Defence Minister Anna Soubry said: “Our Armed Forces and their families give so much to our country so it is only right that we continue to recognise their contribution and sacrifice after they have left Service. I’m delighted that Riverside, Haig Housing and Stoll will receive very well deserved funding which will allow them to continue their efforts in assisting veterans in finding and adapting accommodation”
The announcement today has been made today by the Prime Minister, David Cameron.
Riverside provides housing and support to over 1,000 ex-Servicemen and women each year through a network of housing and training centres based near major garrisons, as well as through its national Veterans housing advice phoneline. Riverside has been working with Veterans since opening the first civilian housing accommodation phone line, SPACES, for Armed Forces personnel in 2000 and has developed social enterprise to support Veterans into employment.
Stoll (formerly Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation) is a registered charity which enables vulnerable and disabled ex-Servicemen and women to live as independently as possible by providing a range of services. For more information visit www.stoll.org.uk.
Haig Housing offers a wide range of housing assistance and options ranging from general needs rental housing for ex-Service people and their families in housing need, through to specially adapted housing, available through a shared ownership scheme or special purchase for Service and ex-Service people with serious wounds and disabilities. Enter here for further information about eligibility, housing options, locations and the application process.