We are delighted to introduce the delivery organisations who will be providing services to veterans as part of the NI Veterans' Places, Pathways and People Programme.
Funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust
, the Northern Ireland Veterans' Support Office 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 and NIVSO who will work together to form wraparound care and services for veterans and their families in Northern Ireland.
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 from complex mental health support into and between peer support pathways.
Inspire Wellbeing 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.
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.
to read our press release from the programme launch, and click here
to view our post on social media with additional photographs.