Help for Heroes are proud to be supporting the work of SkillForce. The educational charity works in partnership with 150 schools in England, Scotland and Wales to help young people at risk of dis-engaging with main stream education. The SkillForce team is predominantly made up of Veterans who use their highly developed skills and life experiences to nurture confidence, improve academic ability and act as credible role models for young people. SkillForce first approached Help for Heroes in 2009 for help with funding an Internship programme for Wounded, Injured or Sick personnel as part of their recovery.
The program was a huge success and to date, your donations have allowed us to provide grant funding of £674,746 to support this highly successful venture which has helped employ 25 Veterans.
One of the individuals who has benefitted from our partnership with Skillforce is Mark. After being Medically Discharged following diagnosis from PTSD, Mark wanted to feel like there was still a chance of a fulfilling second career;
“I now do something I really enjoy. I have also found that being involved with various voluntary organisations has allowed me to feel a ‘purpose’ once again and has allowed me to turn what was once a negative in to something positive and I feel that being diagnosed with PTSD has been a driving force for me to get more from life.
The support from Help for Heroes has been a big contributor in my ongoing recovery process, and in the future I hope to do more for the charity in order to help other soldiers who find themselves in a position I once was.”
In 2014, grant funding of £215,135 from Help for Heroes will be used to support 40% of the salary and training costs of up to 8 Veterans in 2014. The Veterans will work with SkillForce to deliver the programme at Schools throughout the UK. Additionally, funding will be used to pay for the training cost of 15 Wounded, Injured or Sick personnel on the Military to Education programme. This programme delivers a Level 3 Diploma in Mentoring and Developing Young People and is designed to give Service Leavers the skills, knowledge and understanding required for mentoring and teaching professions.
Finally, funding will be used to pay for the costs of providing a Taster Placement for up to 20 Wounded, Injured or Sick personnel considering a career in Education. This taster placement will include a training course with embedded work placement.
Peter Cross OBE, Chief Executive at Skillforce says; "SkillForce is absolutely delighted that Help for Heroes has agreed to fund SkillForce to deliver a part of its’ Pathfinder programme for Wounded, Injured or Sick during their recovery. This is a natural development of 6 years of activities between the two charities which has both supported WIS but also changed the lives of thousands of young people."
To read more about Skillforce’s brilliant work, visit their website at: http://www.skillforce.org