Weʼve raised £34 to Start the Veterans Change Partnership (VCP), a Community Interest Company with clear charitable objectives to help Veteran offenders.
- Devon UK
- Social welfare
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- Funded on Saturday, 24th June 2017
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The ‘Veterans Change Partnership’ (VCP) is a Community Interest Company (CIC) with clear charitable objectives. It is intended to offer an innovative, special purpose, intensive programme of rehabilitation and family support for military veteran offenders.
Most former military personnel move on to excellent second careers, but a few struggle to make the transition back to civilian life. This group is prone to mental health problems and alcohol and drug misuse. They are often homeless and end up in prison; increasing numbers have committed or attempted suicide.
In 2014, research by HM Inspector of Prisons, reported that 7% of the prison population were military veterans (circa 6,000) with an equivalent number on some form of Probation/Community Order. Aside from the effects on the individuals and their families, this level of unsuccessful military transition represents a considerable cost to the taxpayer.
The VCP programme will provide a safe, community based alternative to custody and community supervision, with training, personal development, therapy and through-care support, including assistance with access into employment - thus reducing the chance of re-offending and helping the individuals forge meaningful lives as worthy citizens. Working with the three Devon prisons and the regional Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC), it will also promote greater understanding of the challenges many veterans experience during transition back into civilian life, generating increased support from within society and the local business communities.
Through an environmental and relationship approach to training, delivered by skilled former military and civilian leaders/trainers/teachers, the initiative will significantly reduce rates of recidivism by this cohort. Importantly, the Centre will provide a ‘hub’, co-ordinating the delivery of services, assisting the veteran offenders to transition back into purposeful civilian lives.
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Lt Col Trevor Philpott OBE RM (Retd) FRSA started crowdfunding
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May 28, 2017
Good work, fantastic initiative.
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May 26, 2017
Good luck with this important initiative.
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Lt Col Trevor Philpott OBE RM (Retd) FRSA
I retired from the Corps in 1997 and became involved in penal reform. During this time, it became clear that the prison system is broken, with veterans representing 7% of the prison population (circa 6000+). The AF Covenant fails to acknowledge this, hence - VCP! See web site
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