PCC John Campion has committed to ensuring veterans continue to get specialist support by investing in a scheme for a further year.
The PCC has invested an additional £25,750 in the Remember Veterans scheme, helping ex –service personnel integrate into civilian life and prevent them from coming into contact with the criminal justice system. The scheme also focuses on mental health and wellbeing; drug and alcohol support; debt and financial issues; housing issues; and relationship issues.
The scheme, which the PCC first launched in 2016 and has worked with over 150 people, will be delivered by the charity YSS. It will continue to provide face to face support, in a way that is designed for veteran’s specific needs.
Veteran who has used the service: “At a very low point I was fortunate to be forwarded to yourselves and from the onset I was assisted, advised and comforted.”
PCC John Campion said: “Ex-service personnel make up a disproportionate amount of the prison population and it is important to address this. My investment will provide correct signposting and access leading to the right kind of support to those who need it at the right time. Ultimately this will help to prevent future harm in our communities.”
YSS Operations Director, David Andrewartha said: “At YSS we are extremely proud of our veterans service and are delighted to have received continuation funding. As important members of our communities, we hope with the support that we offer veterans are able to lead a fulfilled life and thrive within society.”