Category Archive:VCP News

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


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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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SSAFA Coventry & Warwickshire Continues to Support The Armed Forces Community from The Veterans Contact Point


SSAFA provides lifelong support for veterans and their families. So if you’ve ever served in the Army, RAF or Royal Navy, we’re here for you and your family when you need help, for life. That’s for both Regulars and Reserves.
How we can help
Our trained volunteers can provide practical and emotional support if and when you need it. Our network of local branches means that help and advice is always close at hand. When you contact us for support we will put you in touch with one of our experienced advisors in your area.
It is often the little things which make the most difference – but we are also experienced at dealing with complex problems
SSAFA can also be accessed via The Veterans Contact Point in Nuneaton which is open Monday to Friday between 10:00 – 16:00 daily. Telephone 02476 343793
SSAFA is here to give practical housing advice and support to veterans and their dependents.
Our expert Housing Advisors offer impartial guidance around housing issues for those who have left the Armed Forces. Our guidance includes homelessness, housing benefits, accessing social housing, tenants’ rights, mortgage arrears, repossession and eviction.
Our Housing Advisors cannot give you legal advice but they will look into your situation and explain your options. They can also signpost you to other organisations for help.
Advisors also work together with our volunteer network to try and source financial assistance that you might need to solve your housing problems, for example finding money for a deposit or to clear mortgage arrears.
After leaving the Forces, some ex-service personnel find themselves in financial trouble. SSAFA can give you the support you need.
If you have fallen behind on your bills, credit cards or other payments and you are struggling to get by or even at risk of losing your home, then your local SSAFA team can help you to get advice on dealing with your debt.
For more support and information on our services, please visit us at or contact your local office in Warwickshire and Coventry on 01926 491317 or


VCP OpeningThe opening of the new home for the Armed Forces Centre in Nuneaton marked the beginning of a new era in the provision of support for veterans and serving members of the armed forces.

On Friday 15th November, Warwickshire’s Lord Lieutenant, Mr Timothy Cox joined over 100 other dignitaries and guests, including Marcus Jones MP, for the official opening of the Veterans Contact Point Armed Forces Centre which is located at the Horsa Building, on the grounds of Queen Elizabeth School on Bentley Road, Nuneaton.

Ex-service Association Standard Bearers, members of Frontline Living History group, Royal Air Force Air Cadet Drummers from the band of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron and the flag waving children from Queens C of E Junior School made absolutely sure that the opening of the Warwickshire Veterans Contact Point Armed Forces Centre was an event to remember.

The new Veterans Contact Point & Armed Forces Centre has been made possible thanks to the support of the Warwickshire, Coventry & Solihull Armed Forces Community Covenant and Warwickshire County Council who are providing the building in the grounds of the local school, at a peppercorn rent thus furthering the support being provided under cover of the Armed Forces Community Covenant.

VCP OpeningCouncillor Izzi Seccombe Leader of Warwickshire County Council also used the occasion to launch the Veterans Health booklet which was produced to help veterans, their families and Health practitioners. This booklet again being supported through funding made available from the Armed Forces Community Covenant. The Veterans Health booklet is available in hard copy or can be downloaded from the Warwickshire County Council website.

The opening celebrations also included veterans, Jesse Owen, Don Jacques, Dave White, VCP lead Len Hardy and other Veterans, who engaged in talks and other activities with the Pupils & Staff of Queens Church of England Junior School. Local Royal Marine Veteran, Jesse Owen shared his own personal history both as a previous pupil at the school and that of this period of Remembrance. Len Hardy stated that the history of people such as Jesse and Don needed to be shared and not lost in time. He also said that the pupils reacted very positively to these warm characters and engaged in all the activities of the day. The school children also experienced WW1 military life through the help of two re-enactment practitioners who also freely gave up their time to come along and teach the youngsters a thing or two about Drill. After their introduction to the joys of ‘Square Bashing’ the youngsters had time for cakes and soft drinks and also took part in a colouring competition which in recognition of the Children in Need celebrations and Pudsey Bear, the 6 pupils judged with the best pictures were given a SSAFA Teddy Bear.

Mr Len Hardy also gave special thanks to the Veterans Contact Point Staff and Volunteers for the support they have provided since this veterans community group started its work in April 2011. The VCP working with its partners, which include The Royal British Legion, SSAFA, ABF/The Soldiers Charity, WCC, Warwickshire Police and Probation, with additional support from Fry Housing and other local community groups, together have helped to support over 600 members of the Veterans Community.

When commenting on the future aspirations of the Armed Forces Centre, Mr Len Hardy said, “We hope to see the new Veterans Contact Point & Armed Forces Centre become the focal point for the local communities and Armed Forces Personnel, a place where their families and dependants can come together, to support the mutual needs of both communities. This morning we have experienced the bond and mutual respect shared between Veterans and the Pupils of Queens School and the young people of the local Cadet Forces, a coming together of the generations which was something to be admired. The act of freely sharing personal stories reinforced by the dignity of those who had been there and experienced living in those times, was and always will be priceless, something that film or history books could not capture.”

VCP OpeningFollowing the opening ceremony Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks RAFVR(T), of the Nuneaton Air Cadets said, “As well as being the lead for the Veterans Contact Point, Len Hardy is also the Civilian Committee Chairman for our Squadron. As such this connection with the local ex-service community has provided us with a wealth of opportunities to engage with veterans and Armed Forces Community Covenant projects within the local community. Len and his team have worked tirelessly to develop the Veterans Contact Point and make today a reality and we a proud to have been able to be a part of today’s celebrations. One of the key objectives of the Air Cadet Organisation is the development of good citizenship amongst our cadets and to that end we will continue to support both the VCP and the Armed Forces Community Covenant”.

The final plea made by Len was that all of the Armed Forces Communities, those serving and those who have served, their families and dependants, along with the local communities, businesses, councils, statutory bodies and charities, use the newly opened Veterans Contact Point Armed Forces Centre. By doing so, services can be developed and delivered under one roof to help those in need, from housing and work, through to help with welfare and learning.

VCP OpeningThe Armed Forces Centre, situated in The Horsa Building in Bentley Road Nuneaton, is open from Monday through to Friday, five days per week, between 10:00 and 16:00 hours. No appointment is necessary, so if you are a veteran/member of the Armed Forces Community or someone willing to help or you know someone who needs help, pop in and talk to us. We offer a local service for local people and if it is only a hot drink and a chat, we look forward to seeing you. Our telephone number is: 02476 343793 and email:

Our charity is built on our volunteers

Our charity is built on our volunteers. Without them we couldn’t continue to do all the positive work for the Armed Forces Community.

Volunteers do much of our direct work, as well as helping us in so many other ways such as fundraising, and promoting our work. We always need new volunteers, throughout Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull so please get in touch, we’d value your support.

As a volunteer you could help in so many different ways:

  • Peer to Peer support, one on one or in groups
  • Helping with the smooth running of the organisation in an administration capacity
  • Raising much needed money or promoting our services
  • Being involved in our activities

You don’t need any qualifications or previous experience of this kind of work to Volunteer. All you need is willingness to help and a little time.

As part of your application to volunteer, we have to a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally known as Criminal Record Bureau). This is for the protection of the people we help.  Please note: having a criminal record does not automatically exclude someone from becoming a volunteer with our charity.

We welcome volunteers from every walk of life and from every community. This helps us reach out to people in need, whatever their circumstances. That’s why we have policies in place to sure we attract the best volunteers from all communities.

Volunteers are the life blood of our organisation. So we invest a lot of time in supporting volunteers in the knowledge that a well supported volunteer is an asset to our organisation and the people we help. All our volunteers receive comprehensive inductions, training (when required) and ongoing support.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with us, please let us know by registering your interest by telephone: 02476 343793 or by email:

Once a veteran always a Veteran

At this time of year I always feel a sense of pride and also feel lucky that I live in an area of the country that views it’s ex-service community with such respect. In Nuneaton especially we are gifted most years with having two remembrance events one on the Sunday nearest to the 11th  Nov at Nuneaton and the nationally applauded Bedworth Armistice Parade held on the 11th. This year both were exceptionally well attended due to the special significance of 2014. Our duty now done we can all cross off these events from the calender and look to the next big one on the 25th ( I won’t dare say it’s name). For many it is the case that once the major event of poppy day and all the parades and collections are over we happily forget about it till next year but for the smaller more intimate charities dealing with the ex service community the work continues and if anything life gets much harder at this time of year.