1. Home Straight
Our homeless programme, which provides homeless veterans the support and training they need to move back into long term employment and regain their independence, is opening two more projects in London and Aldershot over the next couple of months, taking our number nationally to six (including Glasgow, Bristol & Gloucester, Newcastle and Catterick). We aim to be at 10 by the year end.
2. Project Nova
Our early intervention police custody programme was recently sited by Chris Grayling as the ‘best in class’ and we are in the process of recruiting to roll it out further in the UK. The pilot continues in the East of England and has seen significant success, thus far only 1% of veterans engaged with the programme have re-offended. By diverting one individual away from prison we save the State £138k, the cost of custody, the judicial system and the first year in prison. It costs us £92k to deliver our programme in each region, of which we have identified 10 in the UK.
3. Head Start
Our new mental health programme, is rolling out, in partnership with the NHS as the core provider, and in collaboration with other military charities. Existing capacity is not sufficient to address the mental health needs of veterans and their families. We aim to more than double the veteran specific mental health treatment capacity in the UK over the next two years.
4. Step Into Health
This programme has proved very successful. No pathway existed between the military and NHS for non-clinical careers, but we have now established this route in partnership with the NHS and the Career Transition Partnership, the government contract for resettlement of leaving military personnel. So far we have a 100% placement rate for all those who have attended the work placement phase of the programme. Our aim is for the programme to provide a national network accessible to all veterans.