Veterans in Sefton, has established a drop in, telephone or email service, to refer in to the project for both serving and non-serving personnel of the Armed forces, reservists, their families and dependants.
To provide: help, advice, support signposting and brokering to deal with issues in mental health, general wellbeing, housing, employment, dependency and financial. We work closely and have formed strong partnerships with local organisations and key stake holders, culminating with the development of many direct pathways. We also provide mentor support when referring to specialist mental heath experts who fully understand a veterans needs and issues to help ex-service men, women and families to adapt, integrate and sustain their social inclusion in the community; thereby promoting significant increases in mental wellbeing for both individuals and families. Throughout all of our processes we offer a unique holistic support programme, providing the emotional scaffolding to raise self esteem, build confidence and improve mental well being. We support community cohesion in the wider Sefton area and facilitate the smooth transition from military to civilian life and employment, education or training as well as fully integrating back into the community.
We offer volunteering opportunities allowing veterans and members of the community to give their time and get involved and help. As a Volunteer people can learn new skills and/or refresh old ones in addition to making a positive contribution to the lives of others. One specific volunteering opportunity is to train as a “mentor”. This will allow people to work with ex-service personnel, providing support to both the individual concerned and their families. We act as the main referral point, sign posting and brokering facility for all ex-service personnel and thereby families requiring support Utilise the existing team, with extensive military experience, who understand the specific mental health needs of veterans and have the knowledge in how to handle the stigma attached to mental health, provide early intervention assessment and counselling which ensures veterans are guided into the right treatment by the right service whilst continuing to provide interim professional counselling therapy and “emotional scaffolding” which promotes early recovery and reduces mental health deterioration and need for critical support/hospitalisation.