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VSS Proud to be supporting Walking with the Wounded

It’s fair to say that 2020 will go down in history for being THE most unusual year in so many ways and the Armistice Day celebrations this week were no exception.

With the usual ceremonies and marches scaled back to observe necessary social distancing rules, charities that support veterans need our help more than ever.

At VSS, we are incredibly proud to support Walking With The Wounded as we continue to sponsor The Hub, an amazing facility in Greater Manchester that supports veterans who are struggling to integrate back into to civilian life.

Phil Juniper, Managing Director of VSS said ‘WWTW make such a difference to the lives of our nation’s veterans. Having served myself, supporting veterans is something that is very close to my heart. I am incredibly proud to be sponsoring The Hub in Manchester, which houses up to 4 vulnerable veterans at any one time; and I look forward to continuing our partnership with WWTW for many years to come.’

VSS recognised for their support for Walking with the Wounded

Walking With The Wounded mark Remembrance Day with launch of new North East Regional Service Hub to support ex-military
Walking With The Wounded (WWTW), is expanding its national reach with the launch of the new North East Regional Service Hub, in partnership with MySpace Housing Solutions.

Following the success of Walking With The Wounded’s first Regional Service Hub in the North West of England, the Charity’s North East Service, launched in 2019, continues to grow and expand. Walking With The Wounded North East will continue their work at Gateshead Civic Centre but will now also work from the new Regional Service Hub, based in North Shields, in partnership with MySpace HousingSolutions. The new Hub will be opened on November 11th, Remembrance Day.

The development of the Hub started in March 2020. MySpace Housing Solutions operate a veterans’ supported accommodation service at the Walker Building in North Tyneside. The organisation will provide veteran housing and WWTW will provide access to welfare and employability support to ex-military, empowering them to regain their independence, thrive and contribute in our communities.

Last week. Nick Knowles joined WWTW CEO Ed Parker and WWTW North East Regional Manager, Tommy Watson for a Q+A and tour of the new facility.

Vocational Skills Solutions partners with WWTW to support Veterans in the North West

In 2015, Walking With The Wounded’s North West Regional Hub was opened as a result of the BBC DIY SOS programme to support the local ex-service community in Greater Manchester.

As well as providing an office for WWTW’s North West team, the hub also offers a Training House with four short-term, supported beds providing accommodation for beneficiaries completing their journey back into employment, into housing and eventually independence. For many ex-servicemen and women, employment is a key factor in regaining their independence.

WWTW focuses on early intervention for those hard to reach ex-servicemen and women who have found the transition to civilian life more difficult and the North West hub provides a holistic approach to supporting those who have served in the Armed Forces and their families, empowering them to regain their independence, thrive and contribute in our communities.

The hub works alongside WWTW’s existing programmes, as well as other partners in the community, in order to provide support to veterans who are homeless, unemployed, socially isolated, struggling with their mental health or caught up within the criminal justice system.

It therefore made perfect sense to create a partnership with Vocational Skills Solutions (VSS). The Managing Director, Phil Juniper spent several years in the Army, and on leaving, he soon found himself in the exact place that many of our veterans find themselves today. Fortunately, Phil was able to find his feet and has since built a National Training Company that specialises in helping the most vulnerable, hard to reach and economically inactive adults build their futures through government funded training and development programmes, whilst also helping them to gain self-confidence and find sustainable employment.

Phil added: “We as a company are delighted to be a sponsor of Walking with The Wounded in Greater Manchester and look forward to forging a long and lasting partnership. As a company that is based in Greater Manchester, we are proud to be able to support WWTW in its long-term goals and look forward to getting involved in their wider community activities. The partnership will allow veterans to further build on their personal and vocational skills and open up more employment opportunities. Supporting veterans is something that is close to my heart, so when the opportunity came up to sponsor the Manchester Hub’s 4 bed Training House, I didn’t hesitate in signing the contract. We hope that with the existing programmes offered by WWTW, and our vocational training and development programmes, we can make a real difference to the lives of our nation’s veterans and their families.”

The sponsorship is initially for 1 year, with the option to extend for a further 2 years, and will cover the running costs of the Training House during this time. Joel Oxberry from WWTW added, “Our charity depends greatly on corporate donations like this. Without the generosity of organisations such as VSS, Walking With The Wounded would not be able to provide care for thousands of veterans struggling to adapt to life outside of the military, be that as a result of physical or mental injuries. This sponsorship will cover the costs of temporarily providing accommodation to veterans without a place to call home, providing them with stability and security whilst we redress other issues prohibiting their transition to civilian life”