Rotherham Military Community Veterans Centre

Rotherham MCVC is a young Charity which operates without any form of regular income, providing support and guidance for ex service personnel and their families within Rotherham and its neighbouring communities, the latter being brought about through a growing reputation of an organisation that delivers upon its promises. Relying entirely on the generosity of a small team of voluntary staff who give their time willingly and freely, the MCVC consists of both serving and ex-service members of the armed forces, dependents and members of associated organisations, all of whom work tirelessly to deliver a one stop point of contact offering help, advice, guidance and support on a wide range of topics (i.e. welfare, healthcare, housing, employment, benefits, training etc.), including the provision of a 24 hour contact line, a weekly ‘Drop In’ Centre at Silverwood Miners Club in Rotherham, a Breakfast Club on alternate Saturday’s at the ‘Toby Carvery’ Rotherham, a mobile Outreach Trailer enabling delivery of its services throughout the borough and a Befriending service for housebound / isolated veterans. In addition to the above the MCVC also operates a collection / return service for veterans whom have been befriended and who wish to attend the Friday ‘Drop In’, all of which sets us apart from other military charities.

Through our outreach work we raise awareness amongst the wider public of the issues that affect the armed forces community, most notably the transition from military to civilian, employment, housing and cultural differences and the potential for disadvantage, exclusion and long-term issues should that transition not be successful. In such circumstances, we are able to signpost to the appropriate support which will help them successfully reintegrate back into civilian life and could help to reduce long term issues requiring more expensive interventions.

We offer confidence boosting help through comradeship in our group activities and with our Friday ‘Drop In’ numbers continually on the increase we are proud to have made a positive impact on hundreds of people’s lives and improved our communities during the five years since the MCVC was formed.

The MCVC was formed in January 2012 following the signing of the Armed Forces Community Covenant by Rotherham Borough Council and leaders of 21 organisations from the Public, Private, Voluntary sectors and various other military and ex – service groups, the heart of which is to ensure that those who serve in the armed forces whether regular or reserve, and those who have served in the past, together with their families, will not face disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services.