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Friday, June 2, 2017


Support for Forces Families and Veterans


A £7.4 million partnership covering York, North Yorkshire and the East Riding to bring people closer to the world of work and training, funded by Building Better Opportunities (Big Lottery) and ESF. Forces families, service leavers, veterans have been identified as being key groups to be given access to this support.

The aim of the project is to provide mentoring and support to people who are economically inactive or unemployed (including none working partners/spouses), helping them to overcome barriers and move closer to employment, whilst addressing a range of social issues.

The programme is completely voluntary.

Keyworker Partners will initially engage with participants and provide ongoing support to them throughout the programme.  As required they will refer participants to Intervention Partners, who will provide specific activities to overcome barriers linked to finance, skills and health.

Each participant receives one to one support to identify what help and support they require, Support is them tailored to meet their needs with the long term aim to move participants towards and into employment or training. The programme can be tailored to work around the services and support being provided by other organisations including charitable and statutory e.g. SSAFA, North Yorkshire County Council services.

The project has a specific focus to support those out of work, furthest from the labour market and people most at risk of social exclusion. Forces families and Veterans have been identified as being a key group These may include (but not limited to):
·       People with health barriers (physical and/or mental health problems including addiction.
·       People with social or skills barriers, Ex-offenders, Bame, unpaid carers, lone parents, forces families and veterans, victims of domestic abuse, care leavers.
·       People with economic or financial barriers including housing, homelessness and debt

Intervention partners can provide

·       Therapy & Counselling
·       Financial capability
·       Maths, English, ICT, vocational skills training
·       Wellbeing activities
·       Volunteering

To introduce myself I am employed by Riverside Care and Support as a Keyworker to engage and sign eligible participants onto the project. I am based out of The Beacon Catterick Garrison where I am able to provide one to one appointments in a confidential environment. I am also able to meet participants in other locations if suitable.

My partner served over 22 years in the military and I have considerable experience both within the military moving around the UK and the process of moving from military to civilian life and the effects this has upon the family. I have experience working with early years, trouble families and a variety welfare to work and health related employability programmes.

I would welcome the opportunity to come and meet to discuss this programme in greater depth or come and meet possible suitable participants you would like to introduce to our programme.