Veterans Outreach Connection Project

This is a collaboration project within South Yorkshire to provide a voice for the veterans across the region through increasing awareness of services available to them via the Military Community Veterans Centre’s Outreach Trailer. This collaboration includes the support of all four South Yorkshire Authorities, The MOD and Rotherham MCVC, however additional organisations will be encouraged to participate and drive the project forward also.

The Armed Forces Covenant has provided funding to purchase a vehicle which can be used to transport the MCVC trailer to events across South Yorkshire or the vehicle can be used as a stand alone resource to support organisations when making contact with hard to reach veterans and families.

The Outreach Service which includes volunteers and both the vehicle and trailer will be utilised to;

  • Provide outreach support to veterans and their families across South Yorkshire.
  • Promote opportunities for veterans and their families to meet up at the numerous drop in sessions within the region.
  • Provide information to partnership bodies and support their activities to ensure the needs and aspirations of veterans are reflected in strategies, commissioning plans and activities.

There is no cost for booking these resources but the key aim of the vehicle and trailer attending any event is to engage with veterans and their families.

For further information about the project please see below the Booking System Calendar or contact the Project Manager.

 

 

 

Booking System

Both the vehicle and trailer are available to be booked by Local Authorities, Military Charities and Associations and non-profit making organisations. However if your organisation does not fall into these categories your request will be considered if the event you are attending supports the Military Veterans Community.

The vehicle/trailer can be booked either separately or together, consideration must be given when booking to the footprint required for both the vehicle and trailer together (approx 14M x 3M) plus the set up time of 30 minutes.

The vehicle/trailer will be transported to site by a driver plus one volunteer who will remain on site until the end of the event. The volunteers who transport the vehicle/trailer to site will set it up and be responsible for it whilst at the event.

Volunteers must be provided by the organisation booking the vehicle/trailer to staff it for the full period of the event.

The final decision for approving the request for the vehicle/trailer will remain with the Veterans Outreach Project Manager. For further information please contact the Project Manager on email kevin.costello@rotherhammcvc.org.uk

To request a booking for either the vehicle or trailer, click on any of the available dates below and complete the form. You will receive confirmation of your request immediately and a further confirmation once it has been approved.

About The Project

This project will build on work already taken under the previous funding approval awarded to Sheffield City Council for the provision of training and baseline work to identify the size and needs of the military community across South Yorkshire.

From discussions held at the South Yorkshire Military Covenant meetings it has been highlighted there is an inconsistency of approach and service provision across the region. Through this project funded by the MoD, we will achieve this consistency, so that regardless of where a veteran presents, the same provision will be offered.

The project scope:

  • Provide outreach support to veterans and their families across South Yorkshire,
  • Promote opportunities for veterans and their families to meet up at the various drop-in sessions around the region.
  • Provide information to partnership bodies and support activities across South Yorkshire to ensure the needs and aspirations of veterans are reflected in strategies and commissioning plans. This will be achieved through regular reports to the SY Military Covenant Group who will cascade information to their individual Armed Forces Covenant Groups.

The aims of the project are to:

  • Replicate MCVC’s successful work in Rotherham across South Yorkshire (Rotherham was identified as an example of best practice by the Royal British Legion in 2013 for framework for the AFCC).
  • Maximise fully the existing MoD funded asset provided for the project, this includes the purchase of a vehicle to be used for towing the trailer.
  • Make contact with “hard to reach” individuals who are either too proud to look for support or they don’t see themselves as a veteran.
  • Strengthen partnership working and raise awareness of the needs of veterans to service providers through the South Yorkshire
  • Raise awareness amongst the general public regarding the veteran’s community
  • Improve community cohesion across diverse areas in multicultural neighbourhoods, explaining the role of Armed Forces and the meaning of what it is to be a veteran.
  • Improve awareness and understanding at a community level across South Yorkshire addressing inter-generational perceptions of Military Veterans and contributing to a better understanding of the issues faced by veterans in a community environment
  • Deliver a support service in local communities, reaching out to the veterans in their own towns and villages.

Evidence from Age Concern, Social Prescribing has shown that isolation and loneliness is an issue within today’s society. With the reduction in funding for many services new ways of working have to be identified and this is what this project aims to do.

This project aims to address loneliness, isolation and mental health issues to promote social inclusion and positively influence health and wellbeing within a wider community setting, linking into relevant partnerships including NHS funded community health partnerships

Finally, this project will logistically have a strategic networking and influencing role as well as a broad operational impact increasing the numbers of veterans being made aware of and accessing support services.