It is now clear this is not the best use of charity cash, we have given it nearly 2 years to prove its value, unfortunately the interest has not been there to sustain the service.
H4HV charity will concentrate its efforts on our core work providing rapid support to veterans in our area facing homelessness which goes on unabated as we are currently working with 3 homeless veterans here in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.
CHRISTMAS 2023 CEOs MESSAGE
On behalf of myself and all the Trustees Ambassadors and Volunteers we would like to wish everyone especially those generous people who have supported us this year and all the veterans who have benefitted from our support a very Merry Christmas and a happy healthy 2024.
The work goes on albeit slightly less busy than in the unprecedented last reporting year, but we remain in a strong position to meet all of our charitable objectives as we go into 2024.
South Yorkshire based Help 4 Homeless Veterans charity’s CEO Steve Bentham-Bates recently advised RMBC officers that any Veteran of HM Armed Forces whose home in Catcliffe has been flooded qualifies for Council financial support.
i:e “Water is above floor level in habitable areas of the house”.
Can apply for an extra £300 charity grant from us to help replace damaged household goods.
On Friday 22nd September we hosted the Mayor of Barnsley Cllr Mick Stowe and Elaine the Lady Mayoress.
A useful visit and the Mayor has agreed to visit our drop in again on Remembrance Sunday
Ably staffed by our own Chair John Healy and Trustee Eve Rose Keenan. So sorry I couldnt be there but hope to be fit for duty again soon.
Thanks also to the club for your ongoing support since Easter. I will come 1 evening to give a short presentation on the work of our charity helping local veterans in all Yorkshire and North/NE Lincolnshire Joani
HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS CHARITY
CEO’S ANNOUNCEMENT ON 1ST FEBRUARY 2023
CHANGE OF AREAS OF OPERATION
Following serious discussions amongst the charity’s trustees, myself and the Founder, we have decided that due to the ongoing increasing calls for help from the charity, now double what they were only 3-4 years ago, plus the number of other groups offering similar support that have set up around the Country since our charity was created ten years ago:
from now we will concentrate our efforts supporting homeless veterans in the YORKSHIRE and North East LINCOLNSHIRE areas only.
This has not been an easy decision to make. We are proud of the fact that the charity has assisted over 800 veterans as far afield as The Channel Islands, Pembrokeshire, Cumbria, East Anglia and along the South Coast as well as our home area since we began working with vulnerable veterans.
But the sheer numbers now requiring assistance from our limited resources has caused us to make this difficult decision to change to our policy.
Last year we assisted 99 veterans, in the past 9 months we have already supported over 95 veterans facing homelessness as well as disbursing over 60 Fuel poverty support grants. We have also opened a new DROP IN facility in Barnsley and provided a number of veterans with days out at the Therapy Farm we work with.
This level of assistance is not sustainable for a small charity, hence our decision.
It has been left to as near as possible to the 1st April when OP FORTITUDE comes on line to alleviate too many veterans missing out from our help.
Veterans seeking assistance outside of our new areas of operation should contact the various other groups and charities working with homeless veterans.
Contact the VETERANS GATEWAY for other organisations that can help you.
Opening on 25th April
Coming soon signing for the keys