ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is pleased to award a £30,000 grant to Step Together Volunteering to fund the costs of its ‘Rehabilitation Through Volunteering’ programme, which helps Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) soldiers and other veterans with complex needs to use volunteering as a means to transition from the military to civilian life.
Most ex-service personnel transition successfully to civilian life, but some face additional difficulties when leaving service. This is particularly true for those leaving due to sickness or injury. Step Together’s ‘Rehabilitation Through Volunteering’ project managers are all members of the Armed Forces community, therefore are well placed to provide individualised and empathetic help to veterans in need of extra support.
Veterans who have been through the programme have reported improved self-belief, confidence and motivation; improved family relationships and/or social networks; and improved skills that have led to firm foundations for work placements, employment or further education.
Anna-Clare Temple, CEO of Step Together Volunteering, said:
“We are enormously grateful for the continued support from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, which means that we can continue to be there for some of the most vulnerable veterans and military personnel who are wounded, injured or sick, supporting them to develop resilience and build a brighter future.”
Brigadier (Ret’d) Peter Monteith, Chief of Staff at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, added:
“Step Together Volunteering’s remarkable work has made such a positive difference to so many vulnerable veterans’ lives, not least given the challenges of the recent pandemic. We are happy to help with the charity’s costs for this year.”
To find out more about Step Together Volunteering, visit their website here.