HM Forces veterans needed for support roles after funding boost

We're encouraging HM forces veterans to apply for six new roles in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex supporting other veterans.

Successful candidates will offer support and activities to serving personnel, veterans and reservists (as well as their carers and families) who are struggling with issues relating to drugs and alcohol.

A recent report from Northumbria University has highlighted the 'ticking time-bomb' of service personnel with experience in Afghanistan and Iraq who are yet to seek help - a view backed by the Outside the Wire team.

Paul Martin, The Matthew Project's Chief Executive said, "We are expanding our work as we have seen an increased demand for service provision, including one to one support.

"These are vital funds to help support service men and women who return from duty and have issues with reintegrating into the community. In some cases people wait years before they seek help, sometimes self-medicating with drugs and alcohol.

 

"A Healthwatch report from May 2016 showed that veterans preferred treatment and support from other veterans. We feel they can empathise with the issues and can relate to forces and combat experiences. That's why we're looking for ex-military personnel to apply,'' added Paul Martin.

 

Head of Social Policy & Grant Giving at the British Legion, Steven Baynes, said: "We're pleased to have awarded more than £90,000 to Outside the Wire and continue our support of such an important project. The grant demonstrates the Legion's continued commitment to working with other organisations to provide the best support possible to our beneficiaries.

 

"The transition to civilian life after a career in the Armed Forces can be difficult. Sadly, a minority of veterans struggle and find themselves in circumstances where they need help and support from local organisations and the Outside the Wire project will help to provide guidance and information throughout Suffolk and Norfolk.''

The roles are as follows:

Senior Practitioner (Norfolk) based at the Britannia Veteran's Hub, supporting serving Armed Forces personnel, Veterans, Reservists who have issues with drugs & alcohol.

Recovery Practitioner - Families and Carers (Norfolk) based at the Britannia Veteran's Hub, supporting serving Armed Forces personnel, Veterans, Reservists and their families who have issues with drugs & alcohol.

Three Recovery Practitioners - (Norfolk, Suffolk & Essex) supporting serving Armed Forces personnel, Veterans, Reservists who have issues with drugs & alcohol.

Activities Coordinator - (Norfolk) to organise activities and events to help them to reintegrate into civilian life, support recovery from substance misuse and encourage participants to explore new ways to participate in their local community.This role does not have to be a veteran, though veterans are welcome to apply.

To find out more and apply online, search for our current vacancies.

 

  • A telephone helpline for everyone within Norfolk & Suffolk who need support or have questions on drugs and alcohol.
  • Dynamic education so young people understand the risks of drugs and alcohol.
  • Free, confidential help.
  • Honest, accurate and appropriate information.
  • Support for parents and families of drug or alcohol users.

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