Walking With The Wounded has launched a new pilot programme designed to help reach and support the most complex mental health needs of veterans, their families and carers...

The Northern Care Coordination Partnership (NCCP) is one of the seven programmes awarded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust across the country. These projects form the Serious Stress project. Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) has created the NCCP across Greater Manchester and a large proportion of the North East as part of their veteran’s hub model.

Working with delivery organisations across the regions, the Support Care Coordinators will intensively work with each client to encourage a positive approach to their individual journey of change. Supporting each client in many different ways such as sourcing therapy, improving social isolation and advising on the best support available with debt and housing issues.

Simon Lock, Project Manager, Northern Care Coordination Partnership said: “This is a fantastic new programme that enables Walking With The Wounded to support more veterans in the community, and ensure that they receive the appropriate level of support”.

The aim of the programme is to engage the most hard to reach complex veterans, their families and carers. It has been designed to reduce their stresses and allow them to have a positive – and hopefully quicker – treatment journey. The majority of the clients will be referred to the programme via the NHS Veterans Mental Health Services in both areas. Support Care Coordinators will then regularly meet the client and support them to engage.

The University of Chester will be evaluating each of the Serious Stress Fund Projects, which will help to evidence base the need and the impact WWTW has made. The Support Care Coordinators will add value and complement the already existing support in the WWTW hubs.

The programme started in March 2019 and took on their first clients early July 2019. It is a collaborative working programme where the team will engage with as many different organizations as possible to ensure that the client’s journey is best suited to them.