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.