A Visit From Stephanie Peacock

HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS charity no 1148155 hosted a visit by local MP and Shadow Minister for Veterans Stephanie Peacock MP this lunch time at our new Barnsley Veterans Drop in Hub.

She spoke to Founder Tom Wood MBE and volunteers Andy and Diane Martin and myself about our work, how we support veterans, the Veterans Strategy Action Plan points relating to homelessness. We discussed cross referals to food banks.

We also suggested engaging with other local MPs like John Healey MP Shadow Defence Secretary and Dan Jarvis MBE MP, the new South Yorkshire Mayor Oliver Coppard to raise awareness of our new Drop In facility to aid ALL Veterans in the area.

Finally Stephanie expressed an interest in visiting our Therapy Farm Project so I warned her to bring her wellies!

Thankyou for taking the time to visit our charity today. #veterans #homelessness

OPENING OF THE H4H VETERANS DROP IN HUB

Today 12 years after Tom Wood MBE and his wife Jean created Help 4 Homeless Veterans, their long-held aspirations to open a Veterans drop-in centre in their hometown of Barnsley came to fruition.


With the help of money bequeathed to the charity promised specifically to assist with the aim of creating this centre, and after a 2-year delay because of the pandemic, today it has finally opened with The Vice Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire Mr. John Holt DL cutting the ribbon.


Tom and volunteers will staff the shop at 11 Regent Street South just yards from the Interchange entrance 3 days a week initially to offer advice and practical assistance to veterans.


The charity’s rapid interventions assisting around 700 veterans, nearly 100 in the last 12 months alone has attracted Royal recognition with the award in 2020 of The Queens Award for Voluntary Service as well as a number of other community service awards along the way.


Veterans can ask for help either through calling in to the Drop-in shop, or by the web site www.help4homelessveterans.org

EXCITING NEW DROP IN CENTRE

Opening on 25th April

Coming soon signing for the keys

PRESS RELEASE – 4TH APRIL 2022

PRESS RELEASE – 4TH APRIL 2022

HIGH SHERIFF OF SOUTH YORKSHIRE PRESENTS A COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD TO JOHN HEALY CHAIR OF HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS CHARITY

Charity Chair John Healy who celebrates his 72nd birthday tomorrow, today received a Community Service Award from the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire – Mr Martin McKervey. The award is for: Voluntary service supporting Homeless Veterans

John and his wife Linda, accompanied by Steve Bentham-Bates the CEO of the charity who nominated John for this award met the High Sheriff in the impressive Cutlers Hall this morning.

Doncaster Councillor John is a retired social housing manager and has been the Chair of Trustees of the charity for 6 years. He has led the small team of trustees, staff and volunteers and in this period enabled the charity to support around 500 homeless veterans throughout England and Wales.

The High Sheriff said:

I have witnessed many volunteers doing remarkable work during my term in office. John Healy is one such person. As Chair of Help 4 Homeless Veterans charity, he has led a team making life changing differences to hundreds of vulnerable Veterans of HM Armed Forces, enabling them to turn their lives around. He is thoroughly deserving of my Community Service Award today.

John had this to say afterwards:

I want to thank the High Sheriff for presenting me with his Award and my CEO for putting me forward for consideration for it.

It recognizes the efforts of my team of staff and volunteers who together have assisted over 500 homeless veterans whilst I have been Chair of the Board of Trustees. I accept this award on their behalf too. In the six years I have led the charity, we have worked hard, continuously throughout the pandemic, and now we are enjoying more freedom the additional support we have developed such as working with The Therapy Farm and the soon to be opened Homeless Veterans Drop-In Support Centre in Barnsley are coming to fruition. I am proud to lead such a worthwhile charity and receive this formal recognition and official thank you this morning.

COVID 2 YEARS ON

HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS Charity number 1148155 like everyone else this date two years ago was affected by the Lockdown.

That very same day our first Covid related homeless veteran asked for help. Ex RAF steward working as a waiter in a Channel Island Hotel not only lost his job but his tied accommodation.

H4HV paid to get him back to Leeds, paid his accommodation and gave him some cash to help him get re-established here in Yorkshire.

This is what he said at that time:

I just wanted to write a quick email to say thankyou for all the help you have given me over the last week including getting me off Jersey when I lost my job and accommodation due to the corona virus crisis, hotel and hostel accommodation, train fares, and first months rent. It is very much appreciated and when all this is over I will look at doing some fund raising for you.

I remember thinking at the time, this is going to be awful for lots of people. Well two years on our charity has assisted more than180 more homeless veterans, including this same guy again later on.

Like many key workers our charity has not stopped operating once during the pandemic. We continue reacting rapidly to requests for help including 2 more in the past 36 hours.

We can only maintain this level of help with YOUR support. Please remember us when you are choosing who to donate your hard earned cash to. Thank you.

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44 YEARS ON FROM 44 (R) SQUADRON

In 1978 as a newly promoted Corporal, I was posted onto 44 Squadron working as the clerk for the Engineering team on Alpha Dispersal at RAF Waddington surrounded by Vulcan bombers.
 
One highlight was the day I was allowed to “rev” up the Vulcan during engine testing with a Crew Chief standing very close behind me!
 
44 years on, today I returned to RAF Waddington to pick up a charity donation for HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS the charity I control as its CEO.
 
The money has been raised as part of the station’s annual charity activities and will be used to support vulnerable veterans.
 
I really enjoyed the trip down memory lane although Alpha Dispersal wooden huts I worked in are long gone and after the presentation, I met up with 
 
Squadron Leader Tim Fenton MBE who I had worked with as RAF Recruiters in Sheffield in the early 1990s for a tour of the camp, view the last Vulcan XM607 famous for bombing Stanley Airfield in the Falklands war in 1982 followed by lunch in the Officers Mess.
 
 
 
 

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CHIEF OF STAFF BRIGADIER RTD PETER MONTEITH MBE

The weather was kind enough dodging both Storms DUDLEY and EUNICE to allow a small group of Veterans and local authority dignitaries involved in supporting them, to welcome retired Brigadier Peter Montieth from the ABF.

During his Army career, he served with our own Trustee Major Retd John Mayo (seen here together with project lead Jamie Quinn) and came today to see for himself how veterans benefit from working with the various farm animals.

Jamie and Sue who run the farm gave all the guests which included their own Scunthorpe MP Holly Mumby-Croft and a reporter from BBC Radio Humberside a guided tour showing off the recently born calves.

The next visit will be in late March, watch this space for details

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MERRY CHRISTMAS 2021

To everyone who has supported our work here at HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS Charity no 1148155 this year during which we have helped 95 veterans so far since 1st January, may I thank you and wish you and those you care for a very Merry Christmas and a happy healthy New Year. Despite the difficulties faced with the ongoing pandemic restricting activities we have managed to remain in a good position to allow us to meet virtually all requests for assistance we have received, much of those funds have come from many good people prepared to put themselves out to raise cash to help those less fortunate than themselves.  So thankyou once again and Seasons Greetings to all.

FUN ON THE FARM FOR VETERANS

HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS in conjunction with Jamie Quinn of Hall Farm Messingham supported by a grant from The VETERANS FOUNDATION has started arranging day visits to the farm for fun and therapy.  It is well known being with animals has a calming effect on most people so Jamie a former RAF Gunner who served in the RAF Regiment alongside our CEO Steve Bentham-Bates on 16 Sqn RAF Regt in West Germany and the Falklands got together and came up with this idea.

If you would like to have a free day out meet other veterans and enjoy being in the fresh air working with animals then email the CEO at the following

ceohelp4homelessveterans@gmail.com

CHARITY FOUNDER TOM WOOD RECEIVES AN MBE FOR SERVICES TO HOMELESS VETERANS DURING COVID

On the 28th July 2021 the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorksh

ire, Mr Andrew Coombe CVO presented Tom Wood with the MBE on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen as investiture at Buckingham Palace has been suspended due to covid pandemic.

 

This was an excellent afternoon surrounded by his

close family and friends from the charity.