Welcome to the East of England Region Veterans' Places, Pathways and People Programme (VPPP)

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Launched in 2022 by The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust and now entering its 2nd phase, the project's main mission is to create better more sustainable support for ex-service personnel in their communities. The East of England region covers those living in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex.

From 2022 to early 2024 eleven projects were awarded a grant to continue their efforts in providing wider pathways for supporting veterans. As part of the 2nd phase of the programme, we are currently developing a strategic plan by consulting the wider ex-service community on how best to allocate future funds to provide the support ex-service personnel, their families and carers need.

You can find a link to take part in the survey https://positivebridge.media/index.php/vppp-east/vppp-feedback

Blogs and Items

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National PTSD Awareness Day: Breaking the Silence, Healing the Wounds

June 27th marked an important day in the realm of mental health awareness – National PTSD Awareness Day. This day serves as a poignant reminder of the silent struggles endured by countless individuals living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It's a day to shed light on their experiences, raise awareness, and inspire compassion within our communities.

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Op Mirror - Fighting the Pandemic

The Bridge for Heroes are looking at the devlopment of a 30 minute Documentary showing through the lens why,  when, How and the furture it help mould for the Charity.   The stroy board is being prepared now, More to follow.

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5 Facts About the Battle of Britain That May Surprise You

The Battle of Britain was a pivotal moment in World War II, and there are many interesting facts that people may not be aware of. For example, the RAF's victory was not just due to their skilled pilots but also to their use of radar technology. Read on to find out fascinating insights into a key moment in British history!

  • Honouring the Heroes of D-Day: A Tribute to Bravery

    On this day, June 6th, 80 years ago, the course of history was irrevocably changed. The Normandy landings, codenamed Operation Overlord but more commonly known as D-Day, marked the beginning of the end of World War II. As we honour this pivotal moment, we pay tribute to the bravery, sacrifice, and enduring legacy of those who fought and fell on the beaches of Normandy.

  • The North Norfolk Wheelboat Poppy

    The North Norfolk Wheelboat Poppy - Ferry trips for the Disabled from Blankeney and Moreston Quay

     Ferry trips for the Disabled from Blankeney and Moreston Quay

  • International Women's Day on March 8th

    International Women's Day (IWD) holds special significance in the United Kingdom, particularly within the context of the armed forces. It's a day to celebrate the invaluable contributions of women in uniform, honour their bravery, and recognise the challenges they overcome in a traditionally male-dominated field.

Event Update

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We are delighted to announce that we will be featuring the upcoming events of the 11 charities awarded grants under the Veterans’ Places People and Pathways programme in the East region of the UK. This initiative, launched by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, aims to provide sustainable support to veterans in their local communities, and we are excited to showcase the incredible work of these charities and their wider pathways of support. Stay tuned for our news and media articles as we highlight similar programmes across the country.

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Activities

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Charity events provide a fantastic opportunity to support veterans and their families while also challenging yourself. Whether you prefer running, walking, or online courses, there is an event for everyone.

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Fundraising: Why It Matters and How It Can Make a Difference

The importance of fundraising is highlighted in the context of two individuals using JustGiving to make a difference for local charities - Gregg Baker for a children's hospital and Mark Howard for a cancer charity. Fundraising provides much-needed resources for important causes, raises awareness and inspires others to get involved, and creates a sense of community among those working towards a common goal.

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The Importance of Seeking Help for Veterans: Real Stories from Combat Stress

The blog highlights the importance of seeking help for veterans with mental health problems and the need for closer working relationships between organizations to ensure they receive appropriate support. It includes case studies of veterans with a range of physical and mental health issues who have been provided with financial, emotional, and practical assistance

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A Call for Help: A Veteran's Journey to Recovery

This anonymous case study from Combat Stress about a male Royal Marine struggling with PTSD and mental health issues. We highlight the importance of seeking help and support for veterans and provides information about the services available.

  • Supporting a Socially Isolated Veteran with Horticultural Therapy

    This case study focuses on a 61-year-old veteran of the Royal Navy who served during the Falklands and is currently struggling with social isolation and potential service-related PTSD.

  • Supporting Veterans: Collaborative Efforts of DMWS and Other Organizations

    This case study demonstrates the hospital support provided to a 64-year-old individual who was diagnosed with cancer.

  • Finding Comfort and Support at the Bridge For Heroes Contact Centre: A Veteran's Journey

    A veteran, who had recently lost his father while serving in the RAF, came into contact with the Portfolio programme in September 2022.

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Join Us

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We are calling upon other charities to join us in expanding our network and supporting veterans in their local communities. With the Veterans’ Places People and Pathways programme already making a significant impact in the East region of the UK, we are excited to bring together more initiatives and resources to create sustainable support for our veterans. Let's work together to make a positive difference in the lives of those who have served our country.