Veterans’ Foundation funding is changing the lives of British Armed Forces family members by helping them recover from addiction.
A £30,000 grant to Tom Harrison House will recognise and address the difficult issues faced by the UK Armed Forces community, providing a bespoke model of treatment and advice for ex-military personnel in need.
“This grant is of vital importance to Tom Harrison House,” said Ross Forrest, Operations Manager at Tom Harrison House.
“As a relatively young charity, we strive for continuous improvement and development of our service to ensure that our programme is robust and able to meet the various, complex needs of veterans in addiction.”
Based in Liverpool, Tom Harrison House is an addiction recovery centre for military veterans, reservists, emergency services personnel, and their families.
The project opened in June 2014 and, alongside the main centre, comprises three abstinent recovery houses where clients reside for the duration of their time on the main programme.
“This grant will help the charity realise its ambitions to provide a complete package of support, therapy and community to those who have served and are seeking help to change their lives,” explained Ross.
“The staff, clients, graduates and volunteers at Tom Harrison House are incredibly grateful to The Veterans’ Foundation for their support.”
Tom Harrison House’s bespoke programme is focused primarily on providing wide-ranging support within the context of those who have a history of military service.
Emphasis is placed on the role of co-occurring trauma, safety, confidentiality, and camaraderie, as well as reintegration into “civilian” communities, one of the most important difficulties that British veterans face when leaving the Forces.
The programme’s support staff also assist veterans with numerous associated issues, which may include medical issues, housing, and benefit entitlements to name but three.
“As a small charity, this grant will have a profound and positive impact on our ability to provide the best quality care and support to the military veterans, reservists, emergency services personnel and family members who access our service,” said Ross.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to extend sincere thanks on behalf of the team here, and especially on behalf of all the veterans and others who engage with the Tom Harrison House programme.
Thank you to all at the Veterans' Foundation for this opportunity, and to all those who contribute through their kind donations and by playing the Veterans' Lottery.”
You can find out more about Tom Harrison House here: www.tomharrisonhouse.org.uk
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