Category Archive:VCP News

The Jesse Owen Royal Marine – Memorial Fund

Give to the Jesse Owen RM Memorial Fund

The VCP is continuing to raise funds to recognised and remember the late Jesse Owen Royal Marine, fund raising started at the recent Armed Forces Day on 24th June with the Charity kick starting the appeal fund with a sizeable donation. If you remember Jesse, or would want to contribute to this intended memorial, please email: or telephone 02476 343793. Alternatively you can pop your donation into the VCP, situated off Bentley Road, Nuneaton CV11 5LR – we are open Monday to Friday between 10:00 – 15:30.

Free Peer Researcher Training Course for Military Veterans – Birmingham 8th-9th & 22nd -23rd November 2017





The course will be taught by lecturers from Northumbria University and researchers from ‘The Northern Hub for Military Veterans and Families Research’ see:


The Royal British Legion, New St. Birmingham.

  • No previous experience of research is necessary;
  • You do not have to have been to a college or university before;
  • You do not need to have any formal academic qualifications; Â
  • On the other hand, you might have done all of these things – and you will still be very welcome to attend the course; and,
  • The most important ‘qualification’ for taking part in the course is your experiences as a formerly serving in the armed forces.
  • You will be expected to listen to others and give your own views;
  • You will be expected to take part in discussions with others in the group;
  • You may have to work as part of a small team with others; and,
  • You do not have to share anything of your experiences with the other people in the group, but can do if you feel comfortable in doing so. The choice is yours!

At the end of the course, we hope that you will be able to:


  • Tell the difference between research and other ways of ‘finding-out about’ or measuring care services;
  • Know the differences between (a) research that uses numbers and statistics and (b) research based upon peoples’ descriptions and stories;
  • Know the features of research that is carried out ethically and in respect of others’ wishes and interests;
  • Know the features of ‘safe research’ as opposed to research that risks harm either to the researcher or those being researched;
  • Know what stages are necessary in planning and carrying out a research project; and,
  • Think about new ways of making your new knowledge count in order to have your voice heard and make a difference to how health and social care services are organised and delivered.

Everyone who attends more than two-thirds of the total number of sessions will be awarded a certificate of attendance.


Once you have completed the course you will have the opportunity to put your name forward to undertake paid work as part of an ongoing research project. This is not a compulsory part of the course, but is an opportunity you may wish to take once the course is complete. This will be discussed during the course, and you will have the chance to ask questions you may have.


Please contact feel free to contact Dr Gemma Wilson

0191 2156054

Memorial to the late Jesse (Raymond) Owen – Royal Marine

Work continues on the planned memorial for Jesse Owen a former Royal Marine/Special Boat Service Veteran who passed away on the 20th November 2017. The VCP and Barry Longden (Cllr NBBC) who himself is also a Veteran, have made contact with FCC Environment at Judkins Quarry in Nuneaton who have kindly donated the main memorial stone. Planning permissions are being sort from NBCC to place the memorial in Riverslea Park, Nuneaton, with a deadline for the dedication ceremony being planned for 17th December 2017. The memorial and dedication will also recognise all of our Commando Forces and will be display the Commando Dagger the emblem of Commando Forces and “United We Conquer” their moto.

The VCP have also been in contact with Major General Rob Macowan RM and The Royal Marines Association who have pledged their support and attendance at the dedication ceremony. Please watch this site for further details of presentation, if you want to donate or be involved in this project/event please contact the VCP 02476343793.

Are you interested in becoming a Further Education teacher?

The Further Forces programme is an initiative designed to support service personnel preparing to leave the Armed Forces to become Further Education lecturers.
There is currently a high demand for science, engineering and technology trainers/teachers in colleges throughout England.
The programme includes a free teacher transition programme and a full teacher training programme (PGCE), as well as support in finding employment as a teacher/trainer in a Further Education college.
For more information please contact or visit


Sky Blues in the Community | Accelerate Programme



Sky Blues in the Community launch next Sports Leaders course on 5th September 2017!




Contact or 024 7678 6349 for more information

The Jesse Owen Royal Marine – Memorial Fund

Give to the Jesse Owen RM Memorial Fund
The VCP is continuing to raise funds to recognised and remember the late Jesse Owen Royal Marine, fund raising started at the recent Armed Forces Day on 24th June with the Charity kick starting the appeal fund with a sizeable donation. If you remember Jesse, or would want to contribute to this intended memorial, please email: or telephone 02476 343793. Alternatively you can pop your donation into the VCP, situated off Bentley Road, Nuneaton CV11 5LR – we are open Monday to Friday between 10:00 – 15:30.

Pegasus Bridge Memorial Flight

Please contact Mike Colton 07929118598 to support the Pegasus Bridge Memorial Flight Educational Memorial being erected at The National Arboretum at Alrewas at the Special Forces Memorial Grove. Every penny donated will help the Pegasus Bridge Memorial Flight at the NA a reality to remember the sacrifices made by D&B Companies, 2nd Battalion Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 298 and 644 Squadrons RAF  on D-Day 6th June 1944.


Volunteer Opportunities with The Veterans Contact Point in Nuneaton


News Release


VCP media team: 024 763 43793

01 August 2016


Veterans Contact Point (VCP) – Volunteer to mentor our Armed Forces!


The Veterans Contact Point, an Armed Forces charity, is urgently looking for volunteers to become mentors/peer support workers for our local Service Personnel who have left the Armed Forces. We welcome interest from all not just those who are veterans themselves.

The charity is calling upon motivated individuals to join its ranks and be paired up with military service personnel in the local communities of Coventry, Warwickshire & Solihull areas.

The role of a VCP mentor/peer support worker is to listen, support, motivate and empower those who they are supporting, acting as their professional advocate assisting them to access opportunities and services. We will offer you training and support to develop your skills and knowledge in supporting our Armed Forces, their families and dependants.

Civvy-street can be difficult for former members of the Armed Forces, Families & Dependants as   employment, living arrangements, financial stability, support networks and personal lifestyles all change rapidly and sometimes all at once. We aim to be there as an additional source of support at this critical time to veterans and their families helping them to get the help that they are eligible for.

The Veterans Contact Point Supports Service Personnel from all of our Armed Forces and we work alongside the other key partners, helping individuals of the Armed Forces, no matter the circumstances.

For more information or to learn how to become a volunteer visit, or call 02476 343793.

Follow us on Twitter:@veteransCP


Registered Charity (England & Wales No. 1155953

West Mercia OPCC Armed Forces Covenant Criminal Justice – Remember Veterans Project Launch

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The Project will be formally launched on Friday, 22nd July at West Mercia Police HQ at Hindlip, Worcestershire WR3 8SP. Keynote Speakers will involve Phillip Seccombe – Warwickshire PCC,  Tracey Onslow – Deputy PCC West Mercia, with representatives from Warwickshire & West Mercia Police Alliance, The National Probation Service, Warwickshire & West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company, SSAFA Warwickshire & Coventry – Representing the Military Charities, Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust – Ex-Armed Forces Project and three delivery Partners; YSS Ltd, Ubique Partnership Ltd and The Veterans Contact Point.

The programme will also include a film highlighting  the Personal Testimonies from Veterans and their Family Members which will be introduced by Emily Gee from FF Gaiden Control.

The launch of the Remember Veterans project in Warwickshire and West Mercia marks a unique collaboration between the agencies of the criminal justice service and military charities and other organisations providing support to service veterans. With funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund the OPCC in West Mercia is working in partnership with voluntary sector organisations that already deliver services in Warwickshire and West Mercia.

  • West Mercia OPCC provides the project lead and is the accountable body for the project
  • Ubique Partnerships have seconded Len Hardy, as Lead Project Manager. He has responsibility for the development of the overall project; organisation of the training programme; and will deliver the programme and activities across Warwickshire.
  • The Veterans Contact Point a military charity will provide a criminal justice referral service which will be a single point of contact for practitioners, professionals and volunteers to seek information and advice and referral/signposting to relevant service provision.
  • YSS project managers (Deb Grantham, supported by Michele Hatfield) will deliver the programme and activities across West Mercia.
  • Amical Ltd will develop the project portal and website

The key aims of the project are:

  • To develop an exemplar model of a joined up strategy that delivers improvements in the services delivered to offender veterans which can be adopted by other criminal justice areas
  • To develop robust identification processes for veterans who have offended at each stage of the criminal justice system, with appropriate and timely information sharing referral routes into other service provision as required
  • To develop a structured partnership between criminal justice agencies and the various UK military charities and support sector within West Mercia and Warwickshire, ensuring there is a veterans’ voice at a strategic level within the CJS
  • To develop the capacity of service providers and the knowledge and understanding of professionals and practitioners working within them to improve outcomes for service users
  • To develop the capacity of the VCSE to engage with and work alongside criminal justice professionals

Our aim is not to create a long term entity that would become reliant on continuation funding, but to embed change within CJS organisations in strategy, delivery and practice in their approach to service veterans.  We anticipate our legacy will be in the processes for data collection and knowledge exchange; training materials and programmes; and improved partnership work through capacity building initiatives.

We intend the research and evaluation of the project to provide clear recommendations for our wider strategic approach beyond the 2 year funding period.


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