Wales Veterans Boost
On Sunday 15th December it was announced that we had been awarded £976,269 from the Armed Forces Covenant (Libor) Fund. We will use this new funding to provide homes for homeless veterans in Wales, and to offer them specialist employability support.
The award will enable us to open homes in three defined areas; Pontypridd and Cardiff, Carmarthen and Swansea, and Wrexham. In total, 72 bed spaces will be created within fifteen separate houses, the first of which is due to open in April 2014. We plan to have all fifteen homes in operation by the end of 2014.
The Armed Forces is an integral part of Welsh Society, with several thousand military personnel stationed across the country. It is estimated that there are around 220,000 veterans in Wales. The Wales Homes for Veterans project has been planned in direct response to demand from the Armed Forces Community in Wales and the organisations that support them. The project will benefit both male and female veterans from all three services (Army, Royal Navy and RAF).
Our Homes for Veterans programme in Wales allows us to provide accommodation and support to veterans who have struggled with their transition back to civilian life. Through our 3-stage supported housing programme, we will work with residents to enable them to re-integrate and participate in the community. There will also be an additional provision of specialist employability support, which will be facilitated by our partners The Poppy Factory.
Press play below to hear our Campaign Director, Geoffrey Willis, discussing Libor funding on the Jeremy Vine show (30/12/13).