In the third of our series of stories from veterans to mark Remembrance Day, former Royal Marine, Simon talks about his work with Jen*.
Jen was medically discharged from service with physical difficulties. However, after discharge Jen went on to have difficulties with mental health issues and substance misuse, although these issues were not directly attributable to her time in the Armed Forces.
Jen’s health barriers meant she claimed employment and support allowance benefits. With Simon’s support Jen has overcome many of her personal barriers relating to mental health. A very positive person, Jen is now training to become a physical training instructor. She is very keen to return to work as soon as possible and is starting to save money to enable her to become self-employed in the future.
Like many, but not all, service personnel, Jen faced a number of barriers often associated with veterans after leaving service including poor mental and physical health, histories of substance misuse, homelessness, a lack of self-belief and esteem.
To help them and others Simon uses a number of the skills and is involved in developing an organisation called ExFor+ CIC which works with and employs veterans within voluntary roles moving to paid employment after a period of probation.
Veterans are supported and encouraged to progress at their own pace into other employment opportunities, self employment or education. ExFor+ CIC is working with Prospects to provide mentoring, coaching, training and employment through their government contracts including the work programme and work choice programmes.
Nick Bell, Prospects Chief Executive is proud to support Simon’s work. Nick comments: “As someone with family members who served in the forces I know how difficult it can be for some people to make the transition into life on civvy street. I am delighted that Prospects play a crucial role in helping many people make this transition more easily, and that we are able to support Simon in the development of the EXFOR+ Community Interest Company, which will help strengthen that support even further.'
Prospects delivers the government’s Work Programme across the South West, supporting people who are long term unemployed back into meaningful work. Visit www.gettingthesouthwestworking.co.uk for more information or contact Simon at email@example.com.
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Notes to Editor
The Prospects Group provides tailored education, employment, training and care products and services for people at all stages of life. Each year Prospects inspires more than 500,000 people to develop their potential and transform their lives. More than 1,400 professional and skilled colleagues provide practical support to the local communities they are based in across the UK and internationally. Prospects is one of the largest employee owned companies in the UK. It is also a Leader in Diversity and ranked in the top 100 index by the National Centre for Diversity.
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