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Defence Secretary launches first ever Veterans Strategy and new cross-Government Veterans Unit

Veterans’ homelessness, loneliness, debt problems, and mental health issues will be tackled by the first ever Government Veterans Strategy, announced today by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson.

The ground-breaking strategy has been commissioned by the Defence Secretary and today it will be confirmed that a new Veterans Unit with input from across Whitehall will be created.

The Veterans Unit will champion the changing needs of the ex-service community and ensure action is taken to meet these.

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Cobseo Housing Cluster wins the FiMT Working Together Award at the Soldier on Awards

The Cobseo Housing Cluster received the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) Working Together Award at the Soldiering on Awards on Friday 20th April, at a special ceremony at Westminster Bridge Park Plaza.

The Cluster is a combination of 30 veterans’ housing organizations and charities formed to provide veteran specific housing and create an integrated veterans’ housing sector, with clear pathways for ex-Service personnel and their families in housing need to move into permanent homes.

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Charity receives Duke of York Community Initiative Award

HRH Prince Andrew The Duke of York visited Sheffield Cathedral today Tuesday 24th April 2018 to present his Community Initiative Awards to a variety of successful charities from all around Yorkshire.

South Yorkshire based Help 4 Homeless Veterans charity represented by its Founder Tom Wood and his wife Jean accompanied by the CEO Steve Bentham-Bates during the presentation ceremony received the Duke’s Award for their work supporting homeless Veterans in the County.

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Veterans’ Gateway Launches Campaign to Help Ex-Service Community with Housing

This spring, Veterans’ Gateway has partnered with Shelter, the UK’s leading housing and homelessness charity to raise awareness of some of the key issues faced by the Armed Forces community and how they can access the right information and help with their housing concerns.

A service launched last year, Veterans’ Gateway provides a first point of contact for veterans who need support, connecting them with the right organisation that can help on a range of issues including housing, finance, mental health and employment.

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Grant from Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity helps Housing Options Scotland to deliver to the serving Naval community

A grant from the RNRMC and it’s partner The Greenwich Hospital is being used to support the work of HOS through the successful Military Matters project. Housing advice and information was provided by HOS’s Engagement Manager, Fraser Gilmore, through briefing sessions organised last month at both HM Naval Base Clyde and Rosyth Dockyard. These sessions meant personnel and their families had the opportunity to learn more about their civilian housing options and ask questions about the Scottish housing market.

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Barbara Windsor visits veterans homeless charity to celebrate refurbishment

Dame Barbara Windsor visits ex-servicemen staying at homeless charity that provides shelter to around 170 people, both serving and veterans.

Celebrating its 175th anniversary year, the Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest (QVSR) is coming to the end of an extensive refurbishment programme. The Royal British Legion provided a £50,000 grant last year to part-fund the renovation of the bedrooms.

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Stoll’s Chief Executive continues preparing for the London Marathon

Stoll’s Chief Executive, Ed Tytherleigh, continues preparing for the London Marathon and we hear an update on how his training is going.

Last month I declared my intention to run the London Marathon on Sunday April 22nd. The attempt is very much on and training is in full swing!

Stoll opens a new housing scheme in Aldershot in May this year and I am running to try and raise £10,000 to support the development.

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Reducing Veterans’ Homelessness To As Close To Zero As Possible

Every year there are well over a thousand ex-service personnel who become homeless or who face the risk of homelessness and are in urgent need of housing. With others experiencing crises in their lives, urgent intervention is needed to provide the necessary support for vulnerable veterans. Whilst there is a significant amount of good and effective provision to support veterans, new research from the University of York highlights there are still many ex-service personnel falling unnecessarily through the gaps.

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‘Alabaré ambassadors event success’

‘Disaster in the Caribbean’ a fundraising event held by Wiltshire-based charity Alabaré’s ambassadors helped to raise over £3,000 for their Wiltshire Homes for Veterans service.

The evening at St. Francis’ Church Salisbury, saw a captivating talk by Lt Col Paul Maynard MA BSc RM of 40 commando Royal Marines, who led the humanitarian relief mission across the Caribbean in the wake of hurricanes Maria, Jose and Irma.

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