Foster care & the armed forces
armed forces Veterans & FUNDRAISING
Foster Care & The Armed Forces
ADHD, my Foster Carers & my life in the Armed Forces.
Jordan was ten when he went into foster care. His behaviour was unacceptable and undiagnosed with ADHD. Jordan was lucky, his foster carers understood, and when Jordan and his mates got in trouble with the Police, they had a choice. Either a criminal record or attend the Army Foundation Course at Wigan Youth Zone. They chose the latter, and at 16, Jordan signed up to the 1st Battalion, Duke of Lancaster Regiment. Jordan is now twenty-four, and on his 9th year of service; he chose well…
Veterans of the Armed Forces & Foster care
Many Armed Forces Veterans are foster carers; they offer safe & loving homes to vulnerable children and young people. Armed Forces Veterans are unique, they have routine, discipline, and empathy that many young people in care need.
More importantly, they relate, often, they’ve been in comparable situation themselves, they understand.
There are more older children in care than any other age group. They are also the hardest to place with foster carers because they have labels attached. These labels are complex needs or behavioural issues; why would you want to take a chance on them?
And yet, when foster carers take that chance, and guide young people when they stray on the wrong path, the outcomes are lifechanging.
Many young people in foster care, at 16 years of age are often placed in unregulated accommodation with little support. They are vulnerable. We need foster carers to support young people and help them as they transition into independence. Can you foster?
Armed Forces Veterans& Mentoring
‘Veterans of the Armed Forces mentor students at Lowry Academy…’
The Re-engage programme is created by Major Chris Chudleigh, Infantry RL Chairman. It is designed to connect with marginalised youngsters; prevent school exclusion and reduce criminal exploitation. The programme connects young people through rugby and boxing and is the follow up from Chris’s hugely successful ‘School of Hard Knocks.’ We are recruiting Armed Forces Veterans to mentor young people for Re-Engage. But we need Veterans motivated by change, and nor are they afraid of a challenge.
Fundraising& The Armed Forces
Verve have proudly supported Armed Forces Veterans to fundraise and provide Xmas hampers and meals for our vulnerable Veterans. We also support Ukraine, and our campaigns of support enabled us to make a significant impact, both in Ukraine and people who settled here in Salford. Armed Forces Veterans and the community came together for Ukraine. Verve Director, Martin Dunwoody has brought employment to Ukrainian refugees in Salford. We have also supported refugees by sharing contacts within every sector, together with the Ukrainian Church & Manchester Diocese to provide immediate support.
As usual, children are at the front of what we do. Our Veterans dug deep at Xmas and gave Santa a helping hand with presents for vulnerable children in Salford. As usual, our children have rallied behind us; drawing Sunflower pictures and giving Easter eggs to show their love for the children of Ukraine.
We do this at no cost because it is how we give back to our community. Armed Forces Veterans and families are supported within the community. It is reciprocated; we acknowledge the respect shown from the community when we needed it most.
Data Innovation & The Armed Forces
Innovation by collaboration and skill sharing.
Armed Forces Veterans need control of their data and those who access it. They also need access to vital support networks if they become vulnerable. Verve work in partnership with CDD Services and SafeGuarden CIC to design and build a data sharing app that will meet the needs of Veterans in crisis in accordance with the promises made to Veterans on the Armed Forces Covenant.