It was announced today that three leading charities in the military charity sector are working together to form the Disabled Veterans Charity Partnership (DVCP).
The DVCP, made up of Help for Heroes, Blind Veterans UK, and Blesma, is driven by the belief that better coordination, collaboration and shared effort between the charities will lead to greater effectiveness in their overall and shared aim to improve the lives of physically disabled veterans.
The partnership also plans to build awareness of issues relevant to disabled veterans and for all three charities to work together to have a stronger combined voice on matters that affect them.
Mel Waters, our CEO, said: “This is very exciting and there are real benefits in working together to achieve impact beyond what organisations can achieve individually.
“The approach taken by the DVCP will add value for all the charities’ service users and, more broadly, for the veterans' community.”
“The approach taken by the DVCP will add value for all the charities’ service users and,
more broadly, for the veterans' community.”
CEO Help for Heroes
The objectives of the Disabled Veterans Charity Partnership are:
Improve Understanding and Impact
Working with veterans and others, to identify disabled veterans needs and barriers through research, identifying gaps and shortfalls in service capacity.
Promote Best Practice
To share and promote best practice and innovation on approaches to care provision, recovery, and rehabilitation for service users.
To advise, coordinate and contribute to efforts to increase the uptake of services that improve service users’ health and wellbeing.
Improve Service-User Engagement
To work in partnership with service users and the public to improve service delivery and outcomes for disabled veterans.
Improve Public Knowledge
Through joint advocacy: improve the knowledge of the public about evidence-based care, recovery and rehabilitation; influence public policy; and raise awareness of issues impacting disabled veterans.
Develop Collaborative Care Management
Work towards common language, data and support, relating to outcomes for disabled veterans exploiting digital opportunities.
One of the first things the partnership is doing is to instruct Blind Veterans UK’s research sister charity, Bravo Victor, to begin a research project to investigate the status of disabled veterans in the UK; understand the needs of disabled veterans and associated gaps; scope the services available; and understand barriers to support.
Another area the group is working on is Digital Access, recognising that technology that is accessible to all can break down many of the barriers facing those with disabilities today.
In addition, the partnership is also working together to call for the reinstatement of the veterans mobility fund. The fund was established in 2015 to provide enduring support for veterans with serious physical injury resulting from their service and was used to provide specialist equipment for eligible veterans, which is not usually available via the NHS or through the MOD.
The fund ended in February 2021, therefore, public funding for eligible veterans to access specialist equipment and treatment has stopped. Help for Heroes and Blesma are continuing to support these veterans and have developed and submitted a business case to HM Treasury to try to secure funding to enable this to continue in the future.