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Charity Number: 1142956
Company Number: 07461043

Sharks Community Trust is the charitable arm of Sale Sharks, the North West’s only Premiership Rugby club. The charity was established in 2012 to help use rugby and sport for the wider community benefit, drawing on the core values of rugby, which are teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship, to deliver a range of community engagement programmes.

The use of rugby and sport has been used for many years to engage young people, and it is this interest that Sharks Community Trust seeks to draw upon. This includes delivering numeracy programmes in the classroom, linking sport with encouraging healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle, and delivering education particularly to young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET). The Trust also has a comprehensive disability and inclusion programme, ‘In The Pack’ delivering a mixture of multi-sports and wheelchair sports to people with special and additional needs along with a successful ex-service personnel programme ‘Sharks Forces’ that supports veterans and their families with the transition from service to civilian with housing, employment and social and physical activity support.

Contact Information

http://www.salesharks.com/community
community@salesharks.com
Sale Sharks High Performance Centre
Carrington Lane
Manchester
M31 4AE

Support Offered

We offer services and activities to improve the physical health, mental health and employability skills of ex-service personnel and their families. We give them a visibility within their community delivering the project at community venues. Delivering drop-in social hubs to develop and maintain relationships with individuals who are sceptical and nervous at engaging with civilian society. Enhancing personal and social skills such as communication skills and confidence along with increasing employability skills and their well-being. We also work with the veteran’s family, introducing an intergenerational approach. We use our relationship with community rugby clubs across the North West to create a social hub for the whole community. We use gym and sport facilities based within clubs and use the clubhouse to host themed workshops. We also work closely with rugby clubs to identify volunteering opportunities as part of the programme. We create and offer a wide range of sporting activities for Veterans who are blind or visually impaired, there is a huge gap in the local offering from other key stakeholders in regards to physical activities suitable for Veterans with additional needs.

Company Number: 8117441

A world of opportunity exists for ex-Servicemen and women when they leave the Armed Forces. SaluteMyJob is a business with a social purpose that works to connect members of the Armed Forces community with the opportunities available to them.

Contact Information

https://www.salutemyjob.com/
info@salutemyjob.com
Hartham Park
Corsham
SN13 0RP
01249 691417

Support Offered

Helping jobseekers at any stage of their military transition or career journey to plan and prepare for their next job, SaluteMyJob provides free employment-related resources, advice and training to veterans, reservists and their families. SaluteMyJob’s free online training platform, which is exclusive to the Armed Forces community, enables them to adapt or develop the skills they need to improve their competitiveness and to secure successful employment.

Alongside its career support, SaluteMyJob works with supportive employers around the UK to provide the Armed Forces community with access to relevant jobs, work placements, apprenticeships and more. These organisations and their opportunities feature in SaluteMyJob’s unique directory of Forces-friendly employers.

Company Number: 06995089

Smart Savings CIC is a charitable and award-winning Community Interest Company that has supported members of the Armed Forces community in Cornwall and Devon since 2012. We are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, registered with the ICO, are members of Advice UK and ASDIC and are a Veterans Gateway’ partner.
We enable serving members of the armed forces, veterans and their families to access vital support services to tackle money, health, housing and employment issues.
Our team of veteran support workers use their own experiences to help fellow veterans and their families at our monthly drop-in and hub in Cornwall to confront challenges in their lives and manage their journeys of recovery.

Contact Information

http://www.smartsavings.org.uk/veterans-support/
info@smartsavings.org.uk
Redruth Community Centre
Foundry Road
Redruth
TR15 1AN
01209 212579

Support Offered

Our team of FCA-accredited money and welfare advisers provide specialist advice and information relating to money, debt, housing, health and employment. Our veteran drop-in and hub offers peer support, training, social activities, refreshments and food parcels.
We work collaboratively with military charities, statutory bodies and other relevant organisations to increase veterans’ access to services and improve their journeys of recovery.

Charity Number: 1169441
Company Number: 10008613

Sporting Force was established to help ex-service men and women make the transition from a life in the military to life as a civilian through social engagement, participation in sport, voluntary placements, training and qualifications into a variety of jobs in the sports and leisure industry. Life in the military is an active life and by working with sports organisations we can offer opportunities that appeal, ignite a passion and help create a new life outside of the services. All the opportunities we offer are inclusive and can be adapted to meet the needs of our disabled veterans. Our veteran centric approach ensures that sports qualifications and employment are successful and relevant to the beneficiary.

Contact Information

http://www.sportingforce.org/
info@sportingforce.org
The Digital Factory
Durham Way South
Newton Aycliffe,Durham
DL5 6XP
0800 050 9502

Support Offered

5 Step Recovery pathway & transition into civilian life through sport:

A. Each beneficiary will be allocated a Veteran Support Officer at time of registration. A progression pathway will be discussed and implemented. These are unique to each individual but a standard time line would be over 12 months from registration to significant outcome.

B. Initial engagement/personal contact is at an Open Day/Social Engagement event. These can comprise of a stadium tour, match day tickets, sports participation or a meeting with the SF team.

There will be opportunities and offers presented at the open day in relation to training, qualifications and pathways.

C. Training and qualifications in a variety of roles are offered as block/residential courses.

D. On completion of the training or at a defined point on the progression pathway the Veteran Support Officer (VSO) sources voluntary placements. These have primarily been professional football clubs and will continue to be so as this is the most popular interest from veterans. We have also placed veterans in a variety of roles and sports clubs including rugby, snow sports, cricket,gyms and boxing clubs.

E. Support into employment in the sports and leisure industry

Charity Number: 1038253

Step Together helps people in need of intensive support across the UK to take positive action to change their lives and the lives of others through volunteering. Our team of outreach workers provide tailored one-to-one support to help individuals into volunteering placements that match their needs and interests, and help them develop the personal and practical skills required to build a more positive future. Step Together has its head office in Bristol, but operates projects across England and Scotland. The charity changed its name from ‘WWV’ in March 2016.

Contact Information

http://www.step-together.org.uk
enquiry@step-together.org.uk
5 Russell Town Avenue
Bristol
BS5 9LT
0117 955 9042

Support Offered

Step Together provides support to wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans to engage in community volunteering as part of their recovery and rehabilitation process. Working through a team of four outreach workers based in Tedworth House and Phoenix House Recovery Centres, and in the PRU in Edinburgh, Step Together provides tailored one-to-one support to help WIS and veterans into volunteering placements that match their needs and interests, and help them develop the personal and practical skills required to build a more positive future.

Charity Number: 1184971
Company Number: 11843722

We support serving members of the Armed Forces, their partners and families; military veterans and those who have been bereaved; alongside the local community around where the Armed Forces are based.
We promote the efficiency of the Armed Forces, by nurturing talent, broadening opportunity and supporting the mental, physical and emotional well-being needs.

Contact Information

http://www.armedforcesequine.com
info@armedforcesequine.com
Cromwell House
Hubert Hamilton Rd
Bulford Barracks
SP4 9JY

Support Offered

We’re constantly adapting our approach to best suit the needs of those who come to us for support. We provide the following programmes:
Sport and Recreation – We support active lifestyles and the benefits they have on health and well-being, by providing equine competitions, sporting events and recreational activity. We aim to make our equine centres affordable to all who wish to use them.
Health and Wellbeing – We provide Equine Assisted Services (EAS) to Therapy, Recovery and Rehabilitation. We aim to deliver four equine therapy courses each year to help veterans who are facing severe mental challenges. The Virtual Equestrian Centre provides a platform with pre-recorded video content, tailored to the demands of equestrianism, and is accessible to everyone online.
Learning – We provide Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) to the Neuro Diverse community by focussing on developing life skills, values and building confidence and character.
Welfare – We provide community hubs in our centres, and have a Welfare Hub and Community Café in Tidworth
Governance and Assurance – We provide our equine centres with governance and assurance to deliver a firm base from which to operate.

Charity Number: 235867

The Buchanan Trust provides support and assistance for those that have served in the UK’s armed forces who are in need of assistance or interested in a career in agriculture. We provide short to medium term accommodation in self contained flats and cottages on our rural estate near Ledbury for veterans and their families whilst they decide on careers in the rural or construction sectors
Training is available on our Bosbury Estate and in nearby colleges for new skills and qualifications to enhance veterans’ employability and earning capacity. We have permission for a residential training centre as well and are fund raising for that at present.
We also link with partner charities for woodland skills and therapy in our estate woodlands and work experience with Highground as well as on our in hand livestock farms.

Contact Information

https://www.buchanan-trust.org.uk/
info@buchanan-trust.org.uk
Estate Office
North Farm
Ledbury
HR8 1JY

Support Offered

Residential accommodation for those in financial need whilst getting back on track for a civilian career or deciding upon one after leaving the forces.
Training to gain employment skills.
Jobs on the estate as and when available, both full and part time.

Charity Number: 1172407

Aiming to increase community cohesion and tackle social isolation by connecting people. Through the VC Gallery, we work to create meaningful engagement, combat and support poor mental health and social care amongst the Veteran and local communities.
We offer a positive support network, a creative space to help people re-connect through art, workshops, local events and opportunities within the area. We provide a diverse support network to empower and help develop a united, positive and safe environment. We provide weekly art sessions, outreach workshops within schools, memory cafes, retirement homes and for third sector organisations.
We offer a breakfast club once a week and help with housing issues, benefit problems and employment support.

Contact Information

http://www.thevcgallery.com
admin@thevcgallery.com
30 High Street
Haverfordwest
SA61 2DA

Support Offered

We offer peer mentor help, guidance and expertise with all veteran affairs.
We have excellent referral pathways with national organisations and our local Authority, keeping a close connection with the individual we work with a holistic approach to achieve the best outcome at all times.
Our expertise is offering a vibrant, creative space where people can socialise and expressive themselves through art, that can be at our art workshops, or volunteering at memory cafes, schools and residential homes.

Charity Number: 1155953

Our Vision:
To be there for those who have served in any of the UK Armed Forces (Veterans) for one day’s service or more, their families and dependents, who experience adverse issues and conditions, discrimination, or disadvantage during transition from military service, through resettlement, and in civilian life.
Our Mission Statement:
To help all serving members and veterans of the UK Armed Forces , their spouses, children, and dependents by working in partnership with others to assist in the provision of schemes, grants, and services for their resettlement, rehabilitation, retraining, employment , and welfare.
Our Values:
The Veterans Contact Point values its effective partnership working, demonstrating a non – judgemental diverse approach, challenging inequality and discrimination, by offering a professional, ethical, and accessible quality service to serving members and veterans of the UK Armed Forces, their families and dependents, empowering and aiding them to improve their lives and well-being within the community

The Veterans Contact Point (VCP) is a local military charity supporting veterans and their families in Warwickshire, Coventry & Solihull. The VCP started as a Veteran to Veteran run information, referral and peer support centre in 2011 to improve the access to support and information for serving and former members of the UK Armed Forces.

In February 2014 the VCP became a registered as military charity (Charity no: 1155953). It remains a veteran run organisation staffed totally by volunteers, including those who have served themselves, and who are committed to helping the local Armed Forces Community. The VCP offers an office base for partners and organisations who provide additional support, these include: SSAFA Warwickshire & Coventry; Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust – Ex-Armed Armed Forces Mental Health; Veterans UK; Citizens Advice Bureau; Warrior Programme; Coventry Solihull & Warwickshire AFCC; The Parachute Regimental Associations; Ubique Partnerships Limited and many more.

We ensure that every penny donated or raised is used in direct support of local Veterans and their families in the community. We provide information, advice and referrals to a wide range of specialist organisations and service charities. We also help veterans who have been in contact with the law through our Criminal Justice Partnership’s, providing a referral and information helpline service (telephone: 02476 348227).

We are open Monday to Friday between 10:00 and 16:00 hours. Referrals can be made by telephone, email or by dropping in at the VCP.

Contact Information

http://www.veteranscontactpoint.co.uk/
contactus@veteranscontactpoint.co.uk
Bentley Road
Nuneaton
CV11 5LR
02476 343793

Support Offered

Objects:
The relief in need of former members of the Armed Services, their spouses, children and dependents or organisations supporting their needs in particular but not exclusively by:
(i) providing or assisting in the provision of schemes for their resettlement, rehabilitation, retraining and employment; and
(ii) providing or assisting in the provision of grants, items and services for their benefit
 To provide a safe environment.
 To provide a professional assessment of needs.
 To provide a weekly job club & job preparation activities.
 To provide training courses where appropriate, leading to a recognised qualification or accreditation.
 To promote awareness of needs through presentations, partnership working, marketing and fund raising events.
 To provide mentoring/peer support.
 To promote and develop the use of the Armed Forces Centre and its resources to the wider community.
 To support and promote, with others the Armed Forces Community Covenant.

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