DIY SOS is back supporting our veterans
The team returns to the Veterans Village to finish the extraordinary project which originated from a chance meeting between Nick and WWTW's Founder & CEO, Ed Parker.
The project started two years ago, building homes for veterans and revitalising a community.
Once a dilapidated street on the outskirts of Manchester, the street is now home to some ex-servicemen and women who initially struggled with the transition back into civvy-life after leaving the Armed Forces.
WATCH JAMIE’S JOURNEY ON CANADA STREET
Walking With The Wounded’s hub on the street was built as a result of the project to support those vulnerable and hard to reach ex-servicemen and women in the region and beyond who have struggled most since leaving the Armed Forces. Some of them have been homeless, some have been in police custody and many have mental health difficulties. For many ex-servicemen and women, employment is a key factor in regaining their independence.
As well as providing an office for our North West team, the charity also has a training residence called Sherpa House. The house provides temporary accommodation to ex-servicemen and women during their vital pathway back to work.
The impact that Walking With The Wounded’s presence has had on the street is remarkable. This year alone the Manchester hub has supported over 139 veterans. What has been achieved in Manchester is the first of its kind in the country and something that Walking With The Wounded hopes to replicate in other cities around the UK.
In September this year His Royal Highness, Prince Harry returned to the street to see first hand the legacy of the project and meet with some of WWTW’s beneficiaries. Prince Harry even joined a discussion on how multi-agency partnerships can support mental health provision for ex-service personnel, including those veterans who come into contact with the criminal justice system.
Having watched Nick and his team in action transforming the lives of veterans like Simon and his loved ones, the work cannot end there. To keep up the vital work of Canada Street we need you to sign up to our Christmas appeal and help fund our work.
Will you simply do a walk this festive season as part of our Christmas appeal, Walking Home For Christmas. It can be long or short, with friends, family or colleagues, it simply doesn’t matter, but in doing one, you will be supporting those who have served us, and we now need you to serve them.
By signing up, you will enable us to continue our work which focuses on homelessness, the criminal justice system, social isolation and mental health. You will support these vulnerable men and women and get them ‘home’! When we spoke to some of the men and women we have supported this year, they said what they were looking forward to most was being able to actually give presents this Christmas to loved ones, something that perhaps we all take for granted.
Visit the Walking Home For Christmas website for all the details. It's costs £10 to register and you’ll receive your pack, everything you need to help us help them. Walk on your own, with mates, work colleagues, your children, whoever. It doesn’t really matter. Just registering and walking is going to make a difference.
YOU ARE MAKING A HUGE DIFFERENCE TO THE LIVES OF OUR EX-SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN.