Block A, Centre House
Friday 30th March 2012
Veterans facing homelessness are getting extra support and training at a new specialist centre.
The Beacon, based near Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire, will support up to 31 single ex-servicemen and women who are suffering from health issues and a lack of training after leaving the Armed Forces.
The housing, training and support centre will include therapy and health resources to support former soldiers with trauma and mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress.
It will also address their training needs in a bid to prevent unemployment. Veterans will be offered training as gym instructors via its multi-gym, landscapers at its horticultural training area, and bakers via its training bakery.
The centre, which can house ex-soldiers for up to 18 months, is being run by social landlord Riverside ECHG.
Riverside ECHG's managing director, Derek Caren, said: "We believe that those who've served their country deserve to have the most up-to-date support possible if they find themselves facing homelessness."
Riverside ECHG has supported 9,500 veterans since joining forces with the Ministry of Defence 13 years ago.
The new facility is the latest addition to a national network of support provided by the organisation, which includes a housing centre near Aldershot Garrison, a housing advice service at Colchester Garrison and a telephone advice line for single veterans facing homelessness.
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