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Ending homelessness for veterans by providing a pathway of accommodation and support to enable them to move on to a successful, independent and fulfilling life
Temporary supported accommodation – both higher and lower support homes, through which residents can transition to independence
Signposting to specialist support services
Mentoring and Befriending
The Alexander Duckham Memorial Schools Trust aims to promote the education and welfare of children of members, and former members, of the RAF who are in need of financial assistance.
Allied Services Trust:
1. Provides unbiased education to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for possible future incapacity
2. Empowers people to make informed decisions about who might help them in the future with their financial and welfare matters
3. Offers a drafting service which is accessible and affordable
4. Offers an administration service to help those who are vulnerable and have no-one else to act on their behalf
5. Operates on a not for profit basis offering additional reduced fees for those on low income and experiencing financial hardship
Lasting Powers of Attorney
Court of Protection Applications
Supports people Nationally
To give everyone an opportunity to have a home, and to work towards independent living with their community. By enabling each individual to achieve their outcomes through high quality personal development plans and demonstrating best practice in the way that we work. This is achieved by being creative and innovative whilst respecting individual rights and needs working with local and national partners.
We have skilled and dedicated staff working in the areas of Mental Health, Education, Employment and training, Life Skills etc. and properties in the following locations:
• Leighton Buzzard
The services is for single individuals of 16 to 65.
The Veteran & Families Institute Director, Matt Fossey has extensive expertise in the UK voluntary sector, including working with the mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness as National Stakeholder Manager on the national anti-stigma campaign “Time to Change”. Matt is chair of the National Veterans Offender Working Group and is also a member of the DWP Veterans Working Group. Matt is a Senior Associate with the Centre for Mental Health and is also vice-chair of Healthwatch Essex. Matt has written widely including publications on veterans’ health and wellbeing, mental health and liaison psychiatry, including a number of key publications with economist Michael Parsonage.
Matt is supported by a host of academics researching issues related to veterans and their families including, Post Operational Stress Management, the effects of limb loss, Sexual Violence, Veterans in the Criminal Justice System, Spousal Employment and , Mental Health.
The Veterans Research Hub provides an accessible, contemporary and authoritative repository of UK and international research-related resources and literature on military veterans and their families, including transitions to civilian lives, that informs and stimulates research, policy development, improved service delivery and journalistic enquiry.”Work on the project began in autumn 2015, hosted within the Veterans & Families Institute (VFI), and will run to autumn 2017, by which time the Hub itself will be established.
The Armed Forces Education Trust is a charity working for children and young adults whose education has been compromised or put at risk as a result of parents’ past or current service in our Armed Forces. The grants we give make a difference to young lives, helping improve their educational opportunities or supporting special skills or talents.
The Armed Forces Education Trust target young people under the age of 25 who are, or were, dependents of serving members of the UK armed forces, who would not achieve their educational potential without extra financial support. We support those who fit these criteria who can demonstrate that they have been impacted or disadvantaged, or have financial difficulties, as a consequence of the service of the relative on whom they depend.
The Armed Forces Outreach Service (AFOS) is a local authority partnership. The Gateshead Housing Company are the lead organisation but AFOS is a partnership with local authorities and social housing providers in Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, South Tyneside, Durham and Northumberland.
The Armed Forces Community Outreach Service provides a single point of contact for those due to be discharged, veterans, serving reservists and all family members. Based within a housing setting, the service provides housing advice and support but support and advice can also be provided on a range of issues including benefits, debt, pensions, substance mis-use, accessing employment, education, accessing community groups and any aspects of the general transition into civilian life. Advice and support can be provided directly or through partnership work and signposting to more specialist agencies. All of our existing staff have previously served in the forces and understand the barriers that the transition into civilian life can bring. The service operates across the area of Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, South Tyneside, Durham and Northumberland.