The principle aim of the Wounded Veterans Fund ‘WVF’ is to support the most vulnerable veterans re-integrate back into society. Funding enables those who are either physically, mentally or socially injured through service rebuild their lives, return to the work place and provide long-term security for themselves and their families.
Joint Venture Rationale:
By working in partnership Walking With The Wounded & Skiing with Heroes can pool resources and provide a broader range of services aimed at supporting both the personal as well as professional development of ‘Our Wounded’.
Taking this collegiate approach will enable us to deliver early intervention services in a more collaborative manner breaking down the barriers to social inclusion, independence and future employability before they escalate, helping to break the cycle of veterans being a disproportionately high cohort within homeless, police custody, unemployment and mental health statistics.
When identifying a support model for wounded veterans to gain meaningful employment and regain their independence there are two key criteria which need to be addressed namely “Personal Development” and “Professional Development”. Whilst both Walking With The Wounded & Skiing with Heroes focus primarily on re-integration, independence and employment, the specific skills and experience that both parties bring to the partnership complement one another to provide a holistic approach required to deliver successful and sustainable outcomes. The joint venture will deliver:
- Accessing the Hard to Reach – WWTW has designed three programmes to reach the most vulnerable veterans in society Head Start (mental injury), Home Straight (homelessness) and Project Nova (veterans in police custody).
- First Steps Employment – a programme designed to provide access to entry level, formal education or vocational training and to support other necessary costs relating to education or establishing a new career through gaining national recognised qualifications.
- Skihabilitation – a proven facility for wounded veterans as a vehicle for recovery.
- Mentoring – WVF provide mentors for veterans who provide an invaluable service to assist veterans during their pathway to employment.
- Pain Management – SWV has a unique partnership with King Edward VII Hospital with a programme to aid and assist wounded veterans with their pain, pain management and medication use.