Providing help and support to former members of the UK Armed Forces (Veterans) across the Warwickshire & West Mercia Area.

Develop a Network of Veteran Champions in the CJS

A total of 886 CJS Staff and Partner Agencies have received briefings and awareness of the Remember Veterans Criminal Justice System (CJS) Project, of which 134 (15%) have also received Training as CJS Veterans Champions. Organisations who attended this training, and are involved in the Warwickshire & West Mercia Remember Veterans CJS Veterans Champions Network include:

  •  Staff and Volunteers from YSS Ltd and Ubique Partnerships Ltd and The Veterans Contact Point. (Lead delivery partner)s.
  • Police Custody Sgts/Staff received Remember Veterans Champions Training in November/December 2016 at West Mercia Police HQ during their Police Custody Sgts/Staff refresher training.
  • DWP/Job Centre Coaches based in all Prisons from across the Midlands area.
  • Resettlement Staff at HMP Hewell, Prison National Career Service (NCS) – Service Delivery Group, comprising of Prison Governors and Senior NCS Managers/Leads.
  • Veterans in Custody at HMP Hewell and HMP Featherstone, including Veterans in Custody Prison Staff (VICO). RV Project regular input at HMP Featherstone’s Veterans in Custody Forum also attended by SSAFA Prison In-Reach, and recently (August 2017) partners from Coventry & Warwickshire NHS P’Ship Trust’s Ex-Armed Forces Mental Health Project and the new NHS Veterans Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS).
  • Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire AFCC Strategic Partnership and other AFCC Partnerships from across the West Mercia Area.
  • All National Probation Service (Now HMPPS) Warwickshire & West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company (WWMCRC) and CJS Partners via briefings delivered at team meetings or by email circulation.
  • Warwickshire & West Mercia IOM Teams
  • North Warwickshire Borough Council Frontline Staff- who received a full days training.
  • Councils, Housing Providers, Drug & Alcohol Partnerships and other Community Partnerships.

“78% of Staff who attended Veterans Champions Training rated it as Excellent with a further 20% rating it as Good”

Remember Veterans Champions Training continues across the Warwickshire & West Mercia Areas; training is also available for none CJS Partners. The project continues to maintain the CJS Veterans Champion Network through the provision of Champions Refresher Training and sharing details of new Champions across the existing network 

In addition, Veterans & CJS Veterans Champions have benefited from the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for The Armed Forces Community 1 days training module delivered in November 2016 and in February 2017. Feedback from these initial training sessions indicated more time to fully understand the mental health needs of the Armed Forces Community. Future MHFA trainers are now delivering the full 2-day training course. The first of these 2-day courses delivered at the Veterans Contact Point in Nuneaton in August 2017, attended by CJS Veterans Champions and Volunteer Peer Support Staff.  A further course to support the West Mercia area is planned for 8th & 9Th November at the CRC offices in Telford.

“An excellent course and knowledgeable instructor, I leant so much, I would recommend this course to other frontline staff and those supporting Veterans” DWP Armed Forces Champion.

To book your place on this forthcoming MHFA course ring the Helpline: 02476 348227 or contacting Ali Steadman on 07792 747352.

Interest and Contact made with West Midlands Police/Coventry Police Station to support work with Veterans at arrest and via other police contact. Project & VCP Briefing provided mid-February 2017 with 11 Police and CJS agency staff attending.

Contact through Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire (CSW) AFCC Partnership, has enabled briefings to the wider Strategic Partnership, and has included Serving Military Staff from the Regular and Reservists stationed across the CSW AFCC area

“Really useful training that I can apply to my role, taught by ex-forces that know how it is!”

Remember Veterans staff now attend AFCC meetings across Warwickshire and West Mercia and are increasing the awareness and understanding of people’s perceptions around veterans in the criminal justice system.

Our first Remember Veterans CJS Champions Networking Event on 6th June 2017 at RAF Cosford was successful with input from similar AFC CJS Projects.  The RV Project will continue its support and development of the Warwickshire & West Mercia CJS Veterans Champions Network. Veterans Champions Refresher training planned for September 2017 through to December 2017.

Training is still currently available, ring the helpline number 02476 348227 to enquire about any of our training courses.

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