Grant Updates

Mental Health Support for South Coast Soldiers

June 22 2022

British Armed Forces veterans on the south coast will be able to access rapid mental health assistance thanks to a Veterans’ Foundation grant.

Veterans Outreach Support (‘VOS’) have received a £30,000 grant which will allow the charity to provide immediate support to veterans and their partners based in and around Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.

The funding will form a significant contribution to the cost of providing VOS’ clinical support services to veteran and family service users in 2022, including mental health triage, drop-in meetings and weekly clinics.

Ian Millen, Chief Executive at VOS said, “We are thrilled and delighted to benefit from continued, generous support from the Veterans’ Foundation.”

“The funding ensures that we can continue to serve our beneficiaries with accessible, quality mental health support, at a time when it has never been in higher demand,” explained Ian.

"Thank you to all at the Veterans’ Foundation and to all of those who play the Veterans’ Lottery that makes this all possible.”

VOS runs monthly drop-in services in Portsmouth and Newport, alongside peer-supported activities and a number of social groups, all designed to provide a bespoke service to our ex-service personnel.

The charity has a team of clinical professionals that carry out a range of clinical interventions between drop-ins, including psychiatric diagnosis and medication review, psychological assessment and therapies, and substance misuse recovery support.

“VOS is almost entirely grant-funded so the continuing support from Veterans’ Foundation helps to ensure our ability to deliver the planned mental health services which are a unique and crucial aspect of our service delivery,” added Ian.

“With clinical costs at close to £175k, this grant will cover around 17% of our overall clinical budget and will make a significant difference to the veterans we support.”

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