AN academic centre to aid Armed Forces veterans has been launched at the University of Chester.
The Centre for Veteran Wellbeing (CVW) has been established to focus on projects related to the well being of veterans over the last 10 years.
One long-term project supports military service leavers by providing an individual, tailored pathway enabling them to find suitable employment, gain further educational qualifications, skills or start their own businesses.
The centre has been set up by Professor Michael Thomas, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University.
He said: “The centre has been set up in response to how the British Armed Forces have been engaged in high impact conflicts such as Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001 and the work carried out over the past few years by myself and colleagues in supporting service leavers who have experienced significant multi-trauma injuries, mental health or social problems.
“The new centre aims to support those leaving the service and their families gain aspirational employment, new careers, educational opportunities and support for new business start-ups.
“Research in areas that would improve the wellbeing of veterans and their families will also be carried out.”
CVW staff will support the veterans on their journey offering advice and guidance, helping them to achieve their goals – and continue the support afterwards.
As well as providing support for service leavers and their families, CVW aims to bring together the various agencies involved in service transition and veterans’ support. This is in order to facilitate collaborative working across the Armed Forces, public services, charities and industry to achieve the best possible outcomes.