Category Archive:VCP News

Taylor Woodrow & BuildForce (Southern Alliance) Armed Forces Insight day

Taylor Woodrow & BuildForce (Southern Alliance) Armed Forces Insight day
Date: Mon 27th November Time: 1100 – 1600 Venue: Waterloo room, Cavalry & Guards Club, 127 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7PX

HMPPS First Step CJS MCTC Project – FREE 2 Day Employabilty Course – 12th & 13th December

HMPPS CFO CJS Veterans Employability Course – supporting Veterans into Work

Free Employability Support Course for Veterans
Are you a former member of the armed forces?
Are you struggling to find work?
Are you nervous at interviews or not confident at job application forms?

HMPPS First Step CJS Veterans Project are  running a FREE 2 day training course that will help improve your job applications and interview skills.

Where: The Veterans Contact Point Bentley Road Nuneaton Warwickshire, CV11 5LR Telephone: 02476343793

When: Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th December

Time: 10am to 3pm

Ring now or email: for more details or to book your place on this course


Armed Forces Covenant HM Prisons & Probation Service (HMPPS) First Step Project – Support Across West Midlands Region

Armed Forces Funded—HMPPS First Step Project
Are you working with a former member of the
UK Armed Forces?

Ubique Partnerships Ltd has secured Armed Forces Covenant funding in partnership with HMPPS First Step Project to focus on identifying and working with former members of the UK Armed Forces who have been discharged from the services because of criminal behaviour and convictions and resettling in the West Midlands area.

We aim to provide a holistic level of support through case management and peer support focusing on common issues including: employability, accommodation, health, debt and relationships. As part of this project we will be delivering employability courses tailored to reflect the experiences and needs of Veterans in the criminal justice system.

Referrals to Ubique Partnerships can be made directly to the Project Manager:
Or through The Remember Veterans Criminal Justice Referral & Helpline : Telephone 02476 348227.

A learning approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing delivered across Coventry and Warwickshire

The Recovery and Wellbeing Academy aims to support Personal Recovery and Wellbeing.
So what is personal Recovery? Personal Recovery is about building a meaningful and satisfying life despite difficulties caused by ill health. There are 3 very important elements of Personal recovery that the Academy supports; • Having Control of your life and Illness; • Having the Opportunity to build a life beyond illness • Having Hope and belief that we can all pursue hopes and dreams.
What is a Recovery & Wellbeing Academy? Our Academy is not a School, College or Academy in the traditional sense of the word, you don’t need to be academically minded to attend and there are no tests, exams or assessments. The Academy offers a learning approach to personal recovery and wellbeing that compliments existing services provided by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust and Coventry & Warwickshire Mind. We offer a wide range of courses and workshops designed to empower you in recognising your skills, abilities and resources and learning to become an expert in your own recovery and wellbeing. Who are the Courses & Workshops run by and who are they for? Our courses and workshops are designed with the expectation that many people attending may feel nervous, worried or may have difficulty concentrating. Our Courses and Workshops are designed to be informal, friendly and enjoyable and are delivered in safe, nurturing environments. If you have further learning needs please let us know at enrolment so we can accommodate your specialist requirements. Many of our courses are led by a Peer Trainer who has direct life experience of recovery and a Practitioner Trainer who has specialist professional skills & knowledge in that subject area. Both trainers will support students throughout.
The Recovery and wellbeing courses are open to anyone over the age of 18 living in Coventry and Warwickshire who wants to better manage or understand their Mental Health and wellbeing. Friends, family, staff, and carers are encouraged to attend as we strongly believe in learning together to get the most out of the courses on offer.
All courses and workshops delivered by the Recovery and Wellbeing Academy are educational and will equip you with skills and knowledge to better manage your mental health and wellbeing. However, if you feel you require more intensive or specialist support and currently do not receive any; you can contact your G.P or your local IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service who offer specialist talking therapies. For an IAPT assessment please call 02476 671090.
3Final Recovery and Wellbeing Academy Prospectus oversized August 2017

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.