Help for Heroes are really pleased to announce we will be continuing our financial support to Step Forward, the organisation formerly known as World Wide Volunteering, marking the fifth year of our partnership.
A pilot study was run in 2011 aiming to prove the use of volunteering as a tool to recovery, re-training and rehabilitation, leading to career transition amongst injured service personnel. The study was supported by Help for Heroes funding and approved by the Army Recovery Capability and the benefits of using volunteering are now widely acknowledged.
Grant funding was then awarded by Help for Heroes in 2012 to support the salary costs of three Volunteer Project Managers within the PRU at Edinburgh and at the Tedworth House and Catterick Recovery Centres. The Volunteer Project Managers act as the link between individuals who seek support and the volunteering opportunity.
To date, Help for Heroes has provided grant funding of £440,446 to support the hugely successful program which has engaged with over 1768 wounded, injured and sick personnel!
Those who have taken part in the Step Forward programme have benefitted from:
Increased social integration and personal confidence building for future development.
A firm foundation for early work placements (through partners etc.) and a sound life-style change.
Stronger family inclusion in the recovery process through individual and group/team activities.
Richard Illingworth from Step Forward says; "Thank you so much. It goes without saying that we are so thrilled with this generous grant, without which we simply would not be able to reach all those that need support. Step Forward are so proud of our close relationship and partnership with Help for Heroes. Thank you for all your guidance and help, and constant support."
For more information about the brilliant work Step Forward do, visit their website at: www.stepforward.org.uk/