WWTW North-East hub celebrates two year anniversary - Written by Tommy Watson, WWTW Director of Operations (North)
In this time, we have developed our services in partnership with a number of organisations both charitable and statutory.
It is hard to believe that we have been operational in the North-East for two years. In this time, we have developed our services in partnership with a number of organisations both charitable and statutory.
We were only operational for nine months before we hit the first lockdown in March 2020 and, in this time we have launched a North East Veterans Hub, delivered the Armed Forces Covenant Trust NCCP programme (supporting veterans in serious stress to a very successful conclusion) and, worked with the Leeds and York NHS Trust, Cumbria Northumberland Tyne and Wear Trust and North Pennine Care Trust, to deliver the North of England OP Courage High Intensity Service. This will soon become a 10-man team supporting the pathfinder for the NHS Long Term Plan.
We Initially set up our service with Gateshead Council in 2019 and we will continue our work at Gateshead Civic Centre collaborating with our partners in the Armed Forces Outreach Service (AFOS). However, we will now also work from the new Integrated Regional Service Hub, based in North Shields, in partnership with MySpace Housing Solutions. The new Hub was opened on November 11th, Remembrance Day 2020 and we have just gone through a phase two disability access update, supported by the Catherine Cookson Foundation.
The development of the Hub started in March 2020 with MySpace Housing Solutions who operate a veterans’ supported accommodation service with 10 2-bedroom furnished flats.
The organisation provides veteran housing and Walking With The Wounded provides access to welfare and employability support through our multiple programmes: IPS Employment, Head Start, Care Coordination, NHS High Intensity Service, OP REGEN, and Project Nova (in partnership with RFEA (The Forces Employment Charity).
Since launching two years ago, we have achieved some fantastic results. We received brilliant news in May 2021 that the Forces Support Charity would be sponsoring the North-East Hub for three years with £30,000 per year. This will enable us to enhance our services.
At the start of 2021, we launched our First OP-REGEN programme 'Growing Together' in partnership with the Woodland Trust and Newcastle City Council. This project led to veterans planting 500 trees across Newcastle.
Furthermore, in May 2021 IPS Employment Advisor Lynsey Cordiner achieved a phenomenal milestone and secured her 100th job outcome.
The past two years have been transformational for our Northern services. It sets a fantastic platform for a post-COVID-19 environment in the North-East of England.