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Armed Forces and Ex-Service Personnel

Redcar & Cleveland Council has marked its support for the local services community by adopting an Armed Forces Community Covenant.

The covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local armed forces representatives. It recognises the contribution of serving personnel, their families and veterans and it identifies practical ways the council and other agencies can help them access support to help them adjust to life after leaving the services.

The community covenant commits the borough to key principles, which are that service personnel, veterans and their families should:
As well as the council, the following organisations locally have also signed up to the principles in the Community Covenant, including Cleveland Police, Coast and Country Housing, local NHS services, Cleveland Fire Brigade, JobCentre Plus, Teesside Probation Service and RCVDA on behalf of local voluntary and community services

FINAL RC Community Covenant.pdf (271.5k)




Latest news
A week of events will mark the sacrifice and dedication of Britain's Armed Forces in Redcar, culminating in Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24 June.

You can read how we intend to pay tribute to our Armed Forces here.
Armed Forces Day 2017



The full list of events for armed forces day can be found below.

 icon Armed Forces Day.pdf (1.61Mb)
Last modified: 20/06/2017 16:54:04


Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council was awarded a silver award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) September 2016, in recognition the council:
The council has aspirations to work towards gold award status.


Help and support
Veterans Gateway is the first point of contact for veterans seeking support.
Veterans Gateway is made up of a consortium of organisations and Armed Forces charities, including The Royal British Legion, SSAFA the Armed Forces charity, Poppyscotland, Combat Stress and Connect Assist.
https://www.veteransgateway.org.uk

Other help and support services

Blind Veterans UK
Blind Veterans UK help blind ex-Service men and women lead independent and fulfilling lives, by supporting them with their in-depth expertise, experience and full range of services.
http://www.blindveterans.org.uk/

Blesma
Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, is dedicated to assisting serving and ex-Service men and women who have suffered life-changing limb loss or the use of a limb, an eye or loss of sight in the honourable service of our country.
https://blesma.org/

Career Transition Partnership (CTP)
Training courses, recruitment and career advice to service leavers undergoing resettlement.
http://www.ctp.org.uk/

Civvy Street
Looking for a job or training? Need advice about resettlement? Trying to work your way through the pensions minefield? You'll find a whole range of useful guides and contacts are available via the Royal British Legion's Civvy Street website.

Combat Stress
Combat Stress is the UK's leading Veterans' mental health charity.
Mental ill-health affects ex-Service men and women of all ages. Right now, Combat Stress support over 5,900 Veterans aged from 19 to 97. They are a vital lifeline for these men and women, and their families.
Website: www.combatstress.org.uk
24 Hour Helpline: 0800 138 1619

Finchale College
Specialist training college which hosts a veterans support network and produces a Directory of Services. Finchale was founded in 1943 as a rehabilitation and resettlement centre for disabled servicemen.
http://www.finchalecollege.co.uk/

FirstLight Trust
FirstLight Trust is a charity for veterans, veterans-to-be and those going through transition.
FirstLight trust,
13 West Terrace,
Redcar TS10 1DS.
http://www.firstlighttrust.co.uk/

Forward Assist (Veteran Support Charity)
Forward Assist Veteran Support Charity provides advice, information and guidance, 'life changing' projects and opportunities to former servicemen and women who are experiencing difficulties in adjusting to a new life as a civilian.
Forward Assist's programmes are particularly relevant for former servicemen and women who are experiencing homelessness or housing problems, are incarcerated in Prison or have involvement with the Criminal Justice System.
Website: www.forward-assist.com

Jobcentre Plus
Jobcentre Plus is a government-funded employment agency and social security office that can be found in most cities, whose aim it is to help people of working age find employment in the UK.
It was formed when the Employment Service merged with the Benefits Agency and was renamed Jobcentre Plus in 2002. It is a part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Eston Jobcentre Plus
Hadrian House
81 High Street
Eston TS6 9EH
Phone 0345 604 3719
Textphone (for those with speech or hearing difficulties) 0345 608 8551

Guisborough Jobcentre Plus
Nathan House
Northgate
Guisborough TS14 6JS
Phone 0345 604 3719
Textphone (for those with speech or hearing difficulties) 0345 608 8551


Redcar Jobcentre Plus
Portland House
West Dyke Road
Redcar TS10 1DH
Phone 0345 604 3719
Textphone (for those with speech or hearing difficulties) 0345 608 8551

The North East Job Centre Plus has dedicated Armed Forces Champions in each area. The contact for Tees Valley is Chris Blaney who can be contacted on 0796 6566 800 or christina.blaney@jobcentreplus.gsi.gov.uk

Middlesbrough Citizens Advice Bureau provides a dedicated Money and Benefits advice service for veterans across Teesside. Contact (01642) 802314 or blsupport@middlesbroughcab.cabnet.org.uk

MIND
Whether you are experiencing mental health problems or going through a difficult time in your life, Mind can help.
Mind aims to help you live the best life you can, whatever challenges you face. They do this by offering informal one to one counselling.
http://rcmind.org/

The Royal British Legion (RBL)
The Royal British Legion (RBL) provides practical care, advice and support to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families. The RBL run the Poppy Calls Handy Person Service which provides a service for small household repairs and minor adaptations around the home.
http://www.britishlegion.org.uk

Saltburn WellBeing Centre Veterans Counselling Service
A counselling service for military veterans residing at Hardwick House, Riverside Care and Support's supported housing project for veterans located in Middlesbrough, or elsewhere in the Tees Valley and their partners, who are struggling and need support.
http://saltburnwellbeingcentre.co.uk/veterans-support-services/

The Service Personnel and Veterans Agency is responsible for pay and pensions provision http://www.veterans-uk.info/index.htm

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help
Provides financial, practical and emotional assistance to anyone that is currently serving or has ever served in the Army, Navy or RAF, and their families. The local branch can be found at the SSAFA Forces Help, Army Reserves Centre, Stockton Road, Middlesbrough, TS5 4AD. Contact (01642) 217440 or http://www.ssafa.org.uk

Veterans UK
Help and support for veterans from the Ministry of Defence.
Website: www.veterans-uk.info
Health services
The Veterans Wellbeing Assessment and Liaison Service (VWALS) provides outreach and assessment workers and utilises existing community, primary and secondary care mental health services across the North East.
The aim of the service is to provide a prompt, effective assessment, liaison and signposting service for military veterans and their families across the region.
VWALS work in partnership with Combat Stress and the Royal British Legion.
Email: vwals@nhs.net
Phone: 0191 441 5974

The local mental health trust (Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust) has a dedicated, nationally recognised Community Veterans Mental Health Service which provides tailored support for those who have left the Forces. There is also a Veterans Wellbeing Group in order to provide information and guidance for interested local veterans.

NHS Choices have dedicated healthcare information and support for members of the armed forces community.

Covenant Fund
Information on the Covenant Fund.


Related Links
Armed Forces Day
Army & You
Remembering our war

Armed forces lead officer
Julian Feakes, prevention and partnership officer
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council
Redcar and Cleveland House
Kirkleatham Street
TS10 1RT

Tel: 01642 776948
Mobile No: 07748933946
Email: julian.feakes@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk



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