Shropshire Council’s supported employment service – Enable – has teamed up with training education and employment charity – Walking With The Wounded – to embark on a specialist service to assist armed forces veterans with mental health needs back into employment.
Research published in 2015 by the King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR) and King’s College London shows that symptoms of anxiety and depression appear to be twice as frequent in the UK military as in the general working population.
Ed Parker, Co-founder and CEO of Walking With The Wounded said of the report: “The findings from this report by KCMHR clearly identify the significant number of men and women in the military population, present and past, who need our support as result of being disadvantaged by their service.”
Enable is working closely with Walking With The Wounded and the Veterans Mental Health Network to offer support to veterans who are struggling to find paid employment. The project offers individualised support in finding the right job for each person and assistance in the job, for as long as is needed, to both the veteran and the employer. The scheme will help veterans to gain the skills and qualifications necessary to develop new careers outside the military – providing long-term security for themselves and their families. The scheme will use the innovative Individual Placement and Support (IPS) approach which enables one to one help for veterans in their efforts to achieve steady employment in mainstream competitive jobs.
The project will initially run for 12 months, covering Shropshire, Telford and South Staffordshire and will be delivered through two highly trained and experienced Enable employment specialists.
Enable aim to support as many veterans as possible – helping them to gain meaningful, paid employment with local, supportive employers.