COUNCIL chiefs in Wigan have given their backing to an innovative partnership scheme to support military veterans living in the borough.
The service will develop various projects to help veterans overcome barriers to accessing mental health services.
Officials will also oversee an increase in the use of peer support, more emphasis on veterans’ wellbeing and easier access to training and employment.
Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, which has been providing specialist mental health services for ex-service personnel since 2011 through the Military Veterans’ Service, will work in partnership with Walking With the Wounded, Veterans In Communities and Inspiration NW, to deliver the scheme.
Coun Paul Kenny, lead member for armed forces, said: “This pilot is fantastic news for Wigan Borough and a most welcome opportunity to make a difference to the lives of those who have served for our country.
“The council is committed to honouring those from the borough who have served in our armed forces past, present and future along with their families.”
Dr Alan Barrett, Clinical Lead for the Military Veterans’ Service, said: “I’m delighted that Greater Manchester has been chosen to develop new ways of supporting veterans who are experiencing mental health issues.
“It’s an exciting opportunity to work with veterans, their loved ones and the wider community, and it keeps Greater Manchester at the forefront of innovative partnership working to meet the needs of our local population.”
Members of the veteran and wider armed forces community who are interested in being involved in or volunteering for the project should contact the Military Veterans’ Service by emailing email@example.com, calling 0300 323 0707 or tweeting @MVS_GM
Wigan Council is currently developing a £500,000 armed forces hub.