Weʼre raising £20,000 to enable the VETERANS CHANGE PARTNERSHIP to provide an ALTERNATIVE TO PRISON AND PROBATION FOR MILITARY VETERAN OFFENDERS
- Devon, United Kingdom
- Local community
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- 53 days to go
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As a Community Interest Company (CIC 09816344), the VCP is a not for profit organisation with the objectives to provide programmes of rehabilitation and support for and to former military veteran offenders and their families.
In order to deliver this work, the project will be dependent upon a blend of income streams from public, private and charitable sources. Initial start-up funding is currently being sought.
Although support for military veterans is improving, regrettably an increasing number are entering the justice system. Official HMI of Prisons estimates that the numbers in prison have now reached 7% (circa 6,000) with individual prisons reporting 14+% -The MoJ and MoD suggests 5,800 are on probation and community orders; however, NAPO suggests as many as 12,500. Whichever figs are accurate, former military veterans represent the largest occupational group within our justice system; this surely indicates that something is wrong and that the Covenant has more to achieve.
A report by the Howard League for Penal Reform, entitled ‘Leaving Forces Life’ concluded that, despite there being a great deal more help available via service charities, individuals are still falling through the net and ending up in the Justice System, often years after discharge. Issues stemming from post-service dysfunction, mental illness, poverty, addictions and marital breakdown are all contributing. None can be seen as being addressed within the ‘spirit’ of the Military Covenant.
An alternative to custody and probation for military veteran offenders is urgently needed. To that end, a new and innovative project is currently being developed. Entitled ‘The Veterans Change Partnership’, the partnership will deliver intensive and purposeful programmes of support, rehabilitation, personal development, skills training and peer mentoring into accommodation, further training and work, along with programmes of family support.
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Devon, United Kingdom
Trevor Philpott OBE - served for 34 years in the Royal Marines, undertaking various operational, staff and training appointments in the UK and abroad. He was made an OBE in 1990 for his leadership when commanding the Commando Training Wing at the Commando Training Centre Royal M
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