New plan for veterans in Plymouth

Veterans in Plymouth are set for improved support thanks to a new initiative.

The Veterans’ Strategic Commissioning Framework (VSCF) is a partnership between Plymouth City Council, the North East & Western Clinical Commissioning Group and local partners and will ensure that ex-service people and their families have the best access to services in the city.

Councillor Lynda Bowyer, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care said: “Plymouth has long been famous for its association with the military and I’m delighted that with the introduction of this frame work, we as a city are able to look after our veterans.

Although there is not currently an accurate picture of the Plymouth veteran population, official data estimates that there are around 20,000 veterans in the city.

One of the main aims of the VSCF is to work with the military community where veterans are preparing for discharge, and offer information, advice, signposting and personalised support.

It will provide training for staff of support services in the city and build relationships with specialist services (including those that support children and families), so that these services can offer help to people whatever their situation.

The plan also hopes to raise awareness with general public so that veterans know how and where to access support services and the benefits of identifying themselves as a Veteran

Eventually, the VSCF will develop a ‘Veteran Friendly’ quality mark so that Veterans can easily identity services available to them.

A large part of the plan will be delivered through a new Veterans’ Care Navigation Service which has been funded by a £80,000 awarded to Plymouth from the LIBOR fines, announced by the Government in the Autumn Statement. Work on the VCNS has already begun but it will formally launch to the public in June.