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Published Tuesday, 15th January 2013

Partnership to help veterans with psychological wounds

Remploy, the leading provider of employment opportunities for people with disabilities or health conditions, will work with Combat Stress, the leading UK charity specialising in the care of veterans’ mental health, to provide access to a broad range of Remploy services across the UK.

This includes engaging with veterans to identify their transferrable skills, potential employment opportunities and supporting individuals already in work who require rehabilitation services or development opportunities.

Both organisations have agreed to tap into their respective areas of expertise, share the culture and values of their organisations and provide training for each other’s delivery teams to improve skill sets.

Combat Stress clients will have access to the suite of support available via Remploy’s Work Choice for veterans programme and additional services delivered by its Vocational Rehabilitation team, such as one-to-one case management and development support.

Combat Stress supports individuals with conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety disorders. It provides a range of services to help veterans rebuild their lives including a specialist PTSD intensive treatment programme; a nationwide community outreach scheme delivered by Regional Welfare Officers and community-based mental health clinicians; and a 24-hour Helpline for veterans, serving personnel and families.

Combat Stress is currently supporting more than 5,000 ex-Service men and women, including 638 who served in Iraq and 284 who served in Afghanistan. The youngest veteran receiving support is just 18 years old.

A recent survey revealed that eight out of 10 veterans are ashamed or embarrassed about their mental health problems, with one in three admitting that the fear of stigma and discrimination prevents them from telling their families about their mental health issues. On average it takes more than 13 years from service discharge for veterans to make the first approach to Combat Stress for help, by which time their condition is often highly complex.

Andrew Cameron, Chief Executive of Combat Stress, said: “Combat Stress and Remploy have at heart the best interests of veterans with mental wounds, and by working more closely together we can ensure a better level of service.”

Matt Fellows, Head of Armed Forces & Veterans Services for Remploy, added: “Veterans with mental health issues are significantly disadvantaged in the employment market and through this partnership we will support Combat Stress clients into sustainable civilian careers.

“This is a real demonstration of Remploy’s intent to support greater numbers of disabled veterans at the greatest disadvantage into sustainable civilian careers and to help them stay in work.”

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Picture caption: Remploy’s Matt Fellows, left, with Andrew Cameron from Combat Stress

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Notes to Editors:

About Remploy Employment Services:
  • In the last two years Remploy Employment Services has found more than 35,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and mental disabilities and other disadvantages.
  • Remploy is driven by the fundamental belief that every disabled person can, with appropriate support and specialist advice, secure sustainable employment
  • Employment Services has an increasing focus on providing specialist disability employment services to people with mental health conditions or learning disabilities
  • It continues to invest in developing innovative approaches and services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and vocational rehabilitation services
  • Remploy ES partners with more than 2,500 of the country’s biggest employers including BT, ASDA, Royal Mail,Sainsbury’s, the NHS and Marks & Spencer
  • It operates a national network of more than 60 town and city centre recruitment branches and offices providing specialist recruitment and development services to job seekers 

About Combat Stress: 

  • Founded in 1919, Combat Stress is the leading UK charity specialising in the care of veterans’ mental health
  • It has supported almost 100,000 veterans of every campaign that British Forces have been involved in since the First World War
  • 83.7% of Combat Stress clients are ex-Army; three per cent are female
For more information about Combat Stress visit combatstress.org.uk, contact the communications team on 01372 587 165 or email pressoffice@combatstress.org.uk