WWTW May Newsletter

This month marked an important date in our calendars as the country came together to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. Europe fell silent for a moment to honour those who served their country. This year, the message was particularly poignant as we face a different threat, with the spread of coronavirus.

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This week also marks Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme this year is ‘kindness’. During the recent weeks of lockdown, we have witnessed and received some incredible acts of kindness, expressions of care and gratitude towards others, particularly from our supporters. From those volunteering as part of our volunteering initiative- OP-REGEN, to people going above and beyond to fundraise on our behalf.

Despite the challenges that we all face, WWTW continues to adapt, overcome and discover new ways of working to ensure that we continue to support those who served in the best possible ways.

WWTW CEO Responds To Government Support For Military Charities 
On 8th April the Chancellor pledged £750m of support to the charity sector. This amount is small compared to the loss in revenue sustained by the Third Sector (estimated at £4bn in the first quarter alone by the NCVO). Since then, it has been announced that military charities will receive £6 million from the UK Government. Charities like Walking With The Wounded play a vital role in supporting the ex-military community and this amount is considerably smaller than expected.

And, how are we adapting as a charity?

The wellbeing of our clients, our staff and our volunteers is paramount. Walking With The Wounded has always been a pioneering organisation, demonstrating our ability to be flexible and think laterally, and to be able to deliver effective care to our beneficiaries.

We continue to carry out our objectives and all staff are well set up for flexible and remote working to ensure that the day-to-day delivery of the charity, supporting those who served and their families, does not change.  Whilst we have naturally had to adapt our services in line with Government advice, putting ‘Client First’ remains at the heart of our key values and the complex needs of our beneficiaries remains our priority.  During these uncertain times, we will continue to work closely with our Principal Partner, the NHS, and will ensure we continue to provide the resource necessary to ensure veterans in need of care are supported.

Walking With The Wounded are still here. We recognise the challenge of COVID-19 but providing care and support to our clients is why we exist.

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WWTW Steps Up COVID-19 Response
The coronavirus pandemic has caused untold disruption to our daily lives. As a result of restrictions, we have created new ways of maintaining all front line services throughout the charity. We are also ensuring that we reduce social isolation and create a support platform for those who need it.

In the past 8 weeks, the team has:

  • Made over 3,500 welfare calls to our beneficiaries to ensure that they are coping in the current climate
  • Delivered over 600 hours of mental health therapy sessions to our clients across the country
  • Secured over 40 paid employment outcomes with jobs ranging from health care, manufacturing and security.

The challenge of dealing with coronavirus is impacting ex-military, families and communities across the country in a way that most of us have never seen in our lifetimes. We have put together some resources to support you during this time. From top tips to help you with your mental wellbeing, to adapting to a working from home environment.

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OP-REGEN Supports Manchester City Council With COVID-19 Response
As part of our OP-REGEN project, WWTW is working with the Global Production Squad, providing ex-servicemen and women to work on the front lines to assist those affected by coronavirus.

Manchester City Council stated they were in desperate need of volunteers and most notably, larger vehicles to deliver vital food parcels to vulnerable residents across the city.  WWTW and OP-REGEN stepped up, using our connections to secure 4 vans from Thrifty Van Hire. OP-REGEN will now lend support every Thursday along with a team of committed volunteers. As it stands we have delivered 837 emergency parcels to 351 of the most vulnerable households. We anticipate that over the next 12 weeks we will deliver over 5000 parcels to around 1800 households.

WWTW aims to increase this support going forward, expanding to other regions around the country.

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Morrisons Donates £10,000 To WWTW From VE Day Veterans Pie Sales
To mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, Morrisons brought back their popular VE Day Veterans Pie and generously donated £10,000 from the sales to Walking With The Wounded.

The campaign which was initially launched last year to celebrate Armed Forces Week, made a comeback thanks to Morrisons’ ongoing support for the Armed Forces Community. Their customers were once again given the opportunity to eat like a soldier.

This donation will enable us to support more ex-servicemen and women to successfully engage through our employment and mental health programmes.

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WWTW Transforms A House Into A Home For Young Family
Last month, we shared a story about a young mother of three who was left homeless after fleeing domestic violence. Her estranged husband served in the army before being medically discharged after suffering from mental health issues.

Since WWTW made contact with her, the charity has secured a tenancy in a council house for the family and sourced just over £6,000 of funding to furnish her home.

Over the past few weeks, WWTW has been working with a number of organisations including The Rifles, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, The Royal British Legion, TRBL Women’s Section and SSAFA to carpet, decorate and furnish the property, and the family has recently moved in.

The mum said, “It has helped us more than I can put into words. We have everything we need to start our new chapter and I couldn’t have done it if it wasn’t for WWTW.”

The photos above show the incredible transformation of the family’s new home. Thanks to the collaboration of other organisations and your continued support, you have helped them to create a new home to enjoy for years to come.

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Book Your Complimentary Video Talk With WWTW Ambassador Duncan Slater
We know that times are tough right now and we hope we can help.

Would your organisation’s staff or clients benefit from a video chat with ex RAF Sgt Duncan Slater on themes of resilience, overcoming obstacles and teamwork?

Duncan is a wounded veteran who became the first ever double amputee to race to the South Pole as part of Walking With The Wounded’s expedition team in 2013. Since then he has also become the first double amputee to compete in the world’s toughest marathon, The Marathon Des Sables in 2017.

Get in touch to book your talk today! Please email: Andy@wwtw.org.uk.

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