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Newly formed Veteran Support Partnership to host first event

Newly formed Veteran Support Partnership to host first event


23 Apr, 2021

Find out how you can sign up for this virtual event on 12 May, which will showcase the support available to veterans and their families …

At the event, which is free to attend, each speaker will focus on a different element of support. Topics will include housing, family support, financial advice, and mental health and well-being.

The timetable is as follows:

  • 10.00 Welcome – Neil Emery, NHS Business Services Authority
  • 10.10 Housing – Abigail Smith and Dave Fletcher, Armed Forces Outreach Service
  • 10.30 Family support – Tommy Watson, Walking With The Wounded
  • 10.50 Mental health – Mel Maughan, NHS Business Services Authority, and Syd Niven, Northern Growth Academy
  • 11.20 Financial advice  – Chris Carter, Newcastle Strategic Solutions, and Clive Davis, Newcastle City Council
  • 11.50 Fraud and financial crime – Sarah Blyth, Newcastle Strategic Solutions
  • 12.10 Q&A    

Partnership background information

In 2018 the UK Government published ‘The Strategy for Our Veterans’, with the aim that every veteran feels more valued, supported and empowered. Veterans and the Armed Forces community currently receive support from various organisations, across public, private and charitable sectors. The purpose of the Veteran Support Partnership is to support the delivery of the UK Government’s veteran strategy by eliminating barriers to opportunities and inspiring the Armed Forces community to reach their full potential.

The Partnership’s ambition for 2021 is to deliver three virtual events, each of which will focus on one of the strategic principles: support, develop, employ. The Partnership will use these events as a platform to amplify and showcase the services, advice and opportunities available to the Armed Forces community.

Organisations in the Partnership

NHS Business Services Authority, Newcastle Building Society, Career Transition Partnership, Walking With The Wounded, Caterpillar, Step Into Health, Veterans’ Employment Transition Support, Forward Assist, Nexus, Your Homes Newcastle, Northern Bootcamp, Newcastle City Council.

The speakers

Tommy Watson, director of operations, Walking With The Wounded

A very passionate and highly experienced project and operations manager. Tommy has supported some of the most vulnerable and most experienced military personnel through their transition to civilian life.

Clive Davis, welfare rights officer, Newcastle City Council

Having worked in welfare rights and advice for 35 years, Clive is passionate about enabling people to collect their correct benefit entitlement and avoiding the scourge of poverty.

Syd Niven, company director, Northern Growth Academy

Syd has worked extensively as a coach and mentor with emerging and existing leaders. In recent years he has been significantly involved with people struggling with stress, burnout and trauma.

Mel Maughan, wellbeing manager, NHS Business Services Authority

Mel is responsible for leading internal programmes designed to improve colleague well-being, as well as social value initiatives through volunteering and charitable fundraising. At the event, Mel will be speaking about mental health in the workplace.

Sarah Blythe, financial crime manager, Newcastle Strategic Solutions

Sarah has 10 years’ experience within the Financial Crime Unit. She manages its daily operations, and supports the prevention and detection of fraud and money-laundering.

Click here for more information and to register your interest.



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