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BBC DIY SOS Showcases WWTW Canada Street

In 2015, DIY SOS redeveloped ‘Canada Street’ a dilapidated street on the outskirts of Manchester. The aim was to create a ‘Veterans Village’ and provide supported accommodation to ex-military personnel and their families. This Thursday (April 30th) at 8pm on BBC One, DIY SOS will once again showcase the incredible work they carried out developing Canada Street and supporting those who have served.

As part of the development, DIY SOS also built WWTW’s North West Hub. The WWTW Manchester Hub provides a highly rated service for those in need within the ‘Veterans Village’ and from across the North West. Since opening, the Hub has assisted 462 veterans into employment, enabled 154 veterans to access their own accommodation and, supported a further 86 into supported living accommodation. The Hub has also enabled veterans’ access to areas such as training and volunteering and to date, the Hub has 114 ex-military volunteers and 30 civilians.

WWTW has also launched the Northern Care Coordination Programme, a new initiative that focuses on the harder to reach cohort of veterans and family members. To date, 15 clients have received intensive support.

The WWTW North West team is now 10 strong, enabling the Charity to provide a raft of services, which are available to ex-military personnel and their families. The team has a real passion and drive to assist those who require support, information, advice and guidance.

Canada Street has been a great success and over the past 4 years, hundreds of veterans and their families have been supported as they transition from military to civilian life. The BBC DIY SOS project redeveloped a street and in the process, created a community.

For more information about DIY SOS and our Manchester Hub, click here.