Walking with the Wounded - North East Service Delivery Update
WWTW's North East became operations in June 2019, we take a look at how far the service has come since it started
In mid-June 2019 Walking With The Wounded North East Service went operational. Since then, the team have been working in close partnership with Gateshead Council, Newcastle City Council and the Armed Forces Outreach Service (AFOS).
Since its launch, the NE Service has gone from strength to strength, developing relationships, reach and our Care Coordination and Employment programmes. The NE Service have also worked in partnership with the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust and NHS England, to support the delivery of the Northern Care Coordination Partnership (NCCP) , which paved the way for the NHS’s Veteran Mental Health and Wellbeing Pathfinder, High Intensity Service (HIS)
Originally located at Gateshead Civic Centre, the NE Service have been working in partnership with MySpace Housing Solutions to develop a North East Hub based at the Walker Building in North Shields. On Remembrance Day 2020, the Hub was launched, and now provides onsite support for 10 homeless veterans as well as local and regional outreach support to the veteran community. The project was not only supported by MySpace Housing, but the NE Service has also been supported by:
7. Fortem Cares
9. Bell Group
10. DXC Technology
Phase 2 – Disability Upgrade
In April 2021 the NE Service will enter phase 2 of the Hub project and thanks to the Catherine Cookson Foundation they will upgrade the existing access and toilet facilities to make our space more accessible for people with disabilities.
This upgrade will be completed by May 2021 and will ensure that any veteran attending our hub will be able to access all facilities.
Phase 3 - Programme Integration
Over the past 24 months the NE Service have been gradually introducing WWTW programmes into the North East: Employment, Care Coordination (Through NCCP), and the introduction of Head Start, with the NE Service seeing their first referrals through this pathway.
In February 2021, WWTW’s volunteer programme, OP-REGEN, was introduced into the North East through our Growing Together programme in partnership with the Armed Forces Covenant Fund and Newcastle City Council that saw planting 500 trees across Newcastle to kickstart our volunteer programme.
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