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WWTW Manchester Team receive High Sheriff Special Recognition Award

Last week the Walking With The Wounded team in Manchester were presented with ‘The High Sheriff Special Recognition Award’ for their outstanding contribution to the community during the Coronavirus pandemic


Last week, the Walking With The Wounded team in Manchester were presented with ‘The High Sheriff Special Recognition Award’ for their outstanding contribution to the community during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Due to current restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, the team have been unable to deliver their usual support with home visits and face-to-face assessments. Instead, like many other organisations, they have adapted their services relying on welfare calls, regular email, SMS services and online surveys.

During the eight weeks since lockdown began, the Manchester Team have witnessed an increase in those requiring support for their wellbeing, finances, employment, housing and much more. They stepped up to go above and beyond to continue to deliver support to the veteran community during these uncertain times.

Key Successes in Employment, Homelessness and Care Coordination:

  • The Individual Placement Advisor and Welfare Officer has assisted 12 ex-military individuals into employment all of whom have sustained the opportunities and added value to their employers. 
  • During the past eight weeks, 17 individuals have been referred to our Welfare and Employment Officer who has assisted each and every one of them to access their own accommodation or assisted a move into temporary accommodation until the crisis eases. 
  • The Family Support Officer has maintained regular contact with all of her client base, taking on 2 new clients. On a one to basis she has supported 2 clients into employment, addressed safeguarding issues that kept a family together and provided an elderly gentleman to access housing near to his family.

OP-REGEN

Volunteering has played a crucial part in in WWTW’s response to Covid-19. OP-REGEN was developed to tackle social isolation amongst veterans by rebuilding their confidence and putting the skills they developed during service into good use. 

Over the past eight weeks, OP-REGEN has evolved and has successfully assisted those who cannot leave their homes. So far, the volunteers have delivered 130 emergency provisions to 59 families across the city. Within 24 hours of offering their services to the council, OP-REGEN rallied the troops and secured four vans from rental firm Thrifty to carry out their first round of deliveries last Thursday.

John Borges, one of the veterans signed on to OP-REGEN, said: 

“These are dark times for a lot of families within the community, even I’ve been struggling recently. I know with help and support we can all get through this. Volunteering my time to help and support those struggling is the most rewarding feeling. Supporting the community is vital.” 

OP-REGEN leads the way in a volunteer-driven response which remains a vital aspect of WWTW’s programmes.

The Manchester team has been working around the clock to sustain services and continue to support those who served, whilst also extending support to vulnerable residents in Greater Manchester. Congratulations to Scott Duncan, Tom Knight, Victoria Squires, Scott Briggs, Cheryl Mellor, Joel Oxberry, Jill Darwent, Cal Stewart and Gary Lamb.