Veterans support organisations welcome new funding for ‘Pathway'

  • A new coalition of organisations working with ex-Servicemen and women are welcoming new government funding for the development of a unique ‘Veterans Pathway' which combines housing and support for almost 300 homeless veterans each year.  Poppy

    This coalition is comprised of Riverside housing, Stoll and Haig Housing, who are specialists in working with veterans and their families who together support thousands of veterans, reports 24dash.

    The pathway offers a range of support for veterans which includes a state-of-the-art temporary accommodation centre, health and wellbeing support alongside access to employment and training opportunities.

    "We are delighted to have the opportunity to combine our expertise and resources to develop a comprehensive pathway which will make a world of difference to helping homeless veterans out of housing need, into training and therapeutic support and back into civilian life," said Riverside's Executive Director of Care and Support, Leann Hearne.

    "Stoll is a leading provider of supported housing for veterans in the UK and we specialise in delivering therapeutic spaces for disabled and vulnerable veterans to recover and reintegrate into society.  We are very proud to be working with other leaders in their field supporting veterans and hope this pathway marks a watershed in the way that housing providers work together to support this country's most vulnerable veterans," said Ed Tytherleigh, Chief Executive, Stoll.

    James Richardson, Chief Executive of Haig Housing, added: "Following the early therapeutic interventions, welfare and health support and encouragement back into work and training, the need for decent long term housing is vital for veterans; a home provides a secure foundation for life in the civilian world. Haig Housing has decades of experience in the provision of good quality housing and housing advice for veterans and is particularly delighted to be involved in housing provision in Colchester - an area with such a strong military connection." 

    Defence Minister Anna Soubry said:  "Our Armed Forces and their families give so much to our country so it is only right that we continue to recognise their contribution and sacrifice after they have left Service. I'm delighted that Riverside, Haig Housing and Stoll will receive very well deserved funding which will allow them to continue their efforts in assisting veterans in finding and adapting accommodation"

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