Introducing Veterans’ Places, Pathways and People Programme in Northern Ireland

May 18, 2022

As we prepare to roll out the Veterans’ Places, Pathways and People (VPPP) programme in Northern Ireland, we are delighted to introduce the delivery organisations who will be providing services to veterans.

Funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, we will manage the delivery of a comprehensive veteran support programme across the region. Known as the NI Vital Veterans’ Network, the two year programme will aim to sustain and enhance existing mental health and peer support services into a regionally-managed and accessible system of care.

Services will be delivered by 8 project partners who will work together to form wraparound care and services for veterans and their families in Northern Ireland.

Brooke House Health and Wellbeing Centre, Combat Stress and Inspire will work collaboratively to deliver complex mental health support for veterans.

Some of the current team of NIVSO Navigators and Care Coordinators who sit within veteran-support organisations Walking With the Wounded and Andy Allen Veteran Support (AAVS) are being sustained, and they will continue to help guide veterans through
peer support pathways.

Inspire will also deliver training for veteran volunteers to support the work of Navigators and Care Coordinators as trusted links to veterans and sources of reliable information and knowledge.

The Defence Gardens Scheme will continue to run its established horticultural programmes with this new funding, and Fighting With Pride will begin outreach aimed at reducing isolation and loneliness among veterans in the LGBT+ community in Northern Ireland.

Out of the Shadows will provide activity-based programmes for veterans encouraging social engagement and social enterprise, as well as promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in a safe and welcoming place.

As part of VPPP, grants have also been awarded to 4 Strategic Lead organisations: Cobseo (the Confederation of Service Charities), the Association of Service Drop-In Centres (ASDIC), SSAFA and Combat Stress.

These organisations will work within the wider VPPP programme, and with a cross-sector Oversight Group, to encourage the integration of existing services across the sector and at local level.

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