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Thank you to the Veterans’ Foundation

Veterans’ Foundation award £30,000 to support WWTW’s mental health programme.

We are grateful to the Veteran’s Foundation for their support of WWTW’s mental health programme ‘Head Start’.

The Head Start programme provides 1-2-1 private therapy for ex-service personnel with mild to moderate mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and adjustment disorder. Therapy is provided via face-to-face and digital sessions. Referrals to the Head Start Programme have seen an increase due to the Coronavirus crisis, and the toll it has taken on the mental health of those who are already socially isolated. The digital sessions, in particular, have proven invaluable during the lockdown period in ensuring that we are still able to deliver care to those most in need.

The grant of £30,000 from the Veterans’ Foundation will be used to help support and scale-up administrative needs for the Head Start Programme, to enable WWTW to support even more veterans with their mental health.

WWTW CEO Ed Parker said:

‘The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact across all sectors, particularly the third sector. Furthermore, it has presented numerous challenges in the way that many charities, including WWTW, help those who need it most. WWTW recently received a grant from The Veterans’ Foundation to support the running costs of ‘Head Start’ our mental health programme. This is particularly crucial at a time when many people are experiencing ill-mental health due to lockdown restrictions and strains on daily life. The grant will enable the WWTW team to continue to support those who served.”

The Veterans' Foundation helps fund charities and other charitable organisations that are helping serving and former members of the Armed Forces, and their dependants, who are in need.

 Their founder Major General David Shaw describes what they do:

“The Veterans' Foundation raises its money through the Veterans’ Lottery and donations. To date, it has given £2 million out in grants to 140 organisations, many of them smaller but very worthwhile charities, which are helping members of the Armed Forces community.  The charities and other organisations we have helped include those tackling the challenges of mental and physical injuries, homelessness, unemployment, children’s loss of parents while serving and remembrance.”

 “We are grateful for the public’s support of the Veterans’ Foundation and its Veterans’ Lottery, and we encourage you to spread the word.”

You can find out more about the Veterans’ Foundation here.