The Veterans Community Network is a new community group working across Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes, Bedford and Bedfordshire. The aim of the group is to train veterans as peer mentors and then connect them with local veterans and offer support.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly. It is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives. Organisations, business’s and charities of all sizes can sign the covenant. Milton Keynes Council signed the covenant in 2011 and are Gold award holders in the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme. This pledge of support includes guaranteed interviews for service personnel who are in the process of leaving or are less than 5 years out of service (where essential criteria are met)
The aim of VCN is to support veterans, reservists and their families in accessing the treatment and support services to help cope, adjust and manage situations such as mental health, housing, benefits and social isolation. We do this through our network of trained veteran peer mentors and a monthly drop-in Hub.
VCN operates Safe Accessible Support through offering veteran peer mentoring which actively seeks out other veterans who are in distress and in need of support. Our peer mentors all have a military background, have undergone the accredited veteran mental health first aid training and successfully completed an accredited peer mentor training course. Our ambition is to support veterans to engage and remain in treatment with our partners and other ‘wrap around services’.
This legal structure ensures that VCN delivers services through a framework of policies and procedures to ensure a safe and effective network of support. Copies of our policies and procedures are available on request. As a new organisation we are currently undergoing the accreditation process with the relevant organisations such as ASDIC (Association of ex-service Drop-in Centres) and in the future we hope to become members of COSBEO and gain accreditation with NCVO Mentoring and Befriending’s Approved Provider Standard.
VCN is working towards Membership Association of ex-Service Drop-in Centres- ASDIC Framework.
VCN is working towards Membership of COBSEO, The Confederation of Service Charities.
VCN is working towards the NCVO Mentoring and Befriending’s Approved Provider Standard.
Veterans’ Community Network are committed to ensuring the security and protection of the personal information that we process, and to provide a compliant and consistent approach to data protection. We have a robust and effective data protection program in place which complies with existing law and abides by the GDPR (2018) data protection principles.
If you or someone you know is in a mental health crisis or emergency, you should either call your GP or call ‘999’ and ask for help.
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