Veterans Places, Pathways & People

What is VPPP?

With great thanks to The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, Broughton House – Veteran Care Village has been chosen as the project lead for the North West in a campaign to ensure that there are connected pathways for veterans, that there are safe places to go which connect into these pathways and that volunteers and staff supporting veterans, have access to training and work closely with other organisations within veterans mental health pathways.

The North West Armed Forces Wellbeing Network will work for the collective benefit of all organisations supporting the Armed Forces community across Cheshire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria.

You can read more about the other project leads and partners throughout the UK here.

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Mission, Vision, Aims & Values

Mission

To promote understanding and awareness of mental health provisions and pathways within the North West region so that all members of the Armed Forces community receive the same experience regardless of the provider.

Vision

To ‘level up’ provision by enabling organisations, professionals and volunteers across public, statutory and third sector services to collaborate and ensure quality of delivery in supporting ex-service personnel, their families and carers. This will be underpinned by five key pillars: Governance & Quality Assurance, Monitoring & Evaluation, Sustainability & Collaboration, Workforce/Skills Development and Veterans’ Voice.

                                        Aims

  • Promote an ex-service person-centred approach and streamline service delivery
  • Improve ways of working and collaboration through a strong, inclusive and supportive network
  • Clearly define pathways of wellbeing support across the North West
  • Develop a bank of toolkits, training and development packages to ensure our services are within the framework of due diligence and quality assurance
  • Create a North West Armed Forces Wellbeing Network Theory of Change

Values

Our work will be guided and informed by our beliefs and commitments to:

Collaboration – we are committed to a culture of openness and cooperation

Inclusiveness – we respect people, value diversity and are committed to equality

Quality – we strive for excellence through continuous improvement

Participation – we value and recognise the voice of our Armed Forces community

Our Partners 

Advocacy Focus 

Advocacy means supporting somebody to speak up and be listened to, ensuring their views and wishes are heard and taken seriously. Advocacy Focus provide high quality and totally free advocacy support that is completely independent of Health and Social care services to help people understand their rights/options so that they can make an informed decision to live the lives they want to live.

Armed Forces Community HQ 

The HQ, founded in Wigan, provides a one stop facility to support service personnel, Reservists and Cadets; in addition to Veterans, their families, and carers by delivering activities that tackle barriers to living fulfilling and inclusive lives.

Burnley FC In The Community

Channelling their work into the key areas of: Education & Employability, Community Welfare & Inclusion, Football Development and Community Facilities,  Burnley FC In The Community’s highly-skilled, dynamic and passionate team now deliver over 50 community projects that touch the lives of a huge spectrum of people in and around Burnley.

College for Military Veterans and Emergency Services (CMVES)

CMVES work with the veteran community, emergency services and families to empower and motivate all in reaching their full potential in work, education, business and the transition to civilian life. This is achieved by providing multi-layered educational options, leadership, employment and apprenticeship opportunities whilst underpining this through innovative, high quality research.

Fighting With Pride 

Fighting With Pride work with Veteran supporting organisations to build capacity for LGBT+ Veteran support, to recognise their service and help resolve the challenges they face in their lives beyond military service. Before the lift of the ‘gay ban’ in 2000, thousands of LGBT+ service personnel were removed or forced from service and abandoned, after serving with pride. In the years ahead it is their aim to restore the military covenant and bring thecommunity back into the military family.

Salute Her 

Team Salute Her are the only UK ‘gender specific’ support service, to offer tri-service, trauma informed, mental health therapy and interventions for survivors of in-service sexual abuse. Also providing needs led wrap around holistic care to women service personnel and veterans in a single sex environment.

Tom Harrison House 

Tom Harrison House provides a specialist addiction recovery programme for UK Armed Forces veterans and emergency services personnel. The programme is grounded in a supportive community of people with shared experiences and includes a range of therapeutic groups and activities to help restore clients’ physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Veterans HQ Liverpool

Veterans HQ was born out of a programme of support for homeless men in the city and the need was identified to develop a joined up cohesive support programme for ex armed forces personnel, reservists and their families. They now have a quality network of support organisations who can be referred to which provides a unique personal support plan geared to the individuals and families own needs and requirements.

Veterans In Communities 

Veterans in Communities supports those who have served in any of the branches of the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force, the Emergency Services and their families who have or are having difficulties with returning to ‘Civvy Street’ or just want to socialise with like minded people. They offer a range of activities which are run by veterans or retired members of the Emergency Services. The range of activities include; walking, allotment project, social trips, helping the local community with small projects, training and volunteering opportunities, outreach in local areas, art groups, craft groups, and a Choir.

Walking With The Wounded

Walking With The Wounded deliver employment support, mental health support, support care coordination and volunteering programmes in collaboration with the NHS to get those who served, and their families, whether mentally, socially or physically wounded, back on their feet and making a positive contribution once more. Why? Because those who served, deserve.