About the Organisation - STAND TO Derbyshire Veterans Community Services
STAND TO Derbyshire Veterans Community Services (STDVCS) offer comradeship and support for Derbyshire’s Ex-Service personal looking to meet up with like minded veterans.
Our team of veterans, staff and volunteers are here to help with a simple meet up for a cuppa, taking part in one of our prearranged activities, such as hiking, fishing, climbing, water sports and many more fun activities.
Alongside the activities we can also support and signpost veterans and their families for welfare, housing, finances, isolation, and loneliness.
STDVCS are dedicated to the Veterans of Derbyshire –“We have your back”.
About the Project - Veterans Positive Pathways (VPP)
Veterans Positive Pathways (VPP) aims to support armed forces veterans who have experienced poor mental health and substance misuse. Whether it be alcohol and/or drug use, we will encourage veterans to engage in a range of physical activities and attend groups to support their continuing recovery.
Mutual Ex Services Support (MESS) meetings are held on a weekly basis throughout the month at different venues across Derbyshire. Currently there are 5 MESS groups taking place in Glossop, Buxton, Chesterfield, Ilkeston and Swadlincote. You will be greeted by a friendly face in a relaxed atmosphere and invited to share a brew.
A timetable of various activities are planned throughout the year and at least one a month takes place. These could last between half a day, a full day or just a few hours depending on the event. For example, our fishing trips usually last a full day, walks can range from a couple of hours upwards. We plan excursions, and interests based on feedback from veterans, and we are always happy to listen to suggestions.
Attendance for groups and the planned activities will vary depending on an individuals’ level of confidence and ability. This can range from 1:1 meeting, small groups of 2 – 3 people, large sized group activities of 12 veterans or more.
STAND TO VPP will provide, wherever possible, help with transport or travel costs and essential items to enable you to take part to help to break down barriers for attending. Lunch will be provided where appropriate.
An individual can be referred to STAND TO by a third party or a self-referral into the service.
A member of the STAND TO team will make a friendly call to the person and take a referral. This will then be passed to the VPP worker who will arrange for an assessment appointment.
Once the person has been assessed, they are free to attend any events/groups/activities that STAND TO have on at that time. The worker will discuss and check if appropriate, and if they want to attend.
STAND TO have uploaded videos to YouTube of service users talking about their experiences, follow the links below to watch:
If you would like more information on how to attend, please call 01246 959333 to speak to one of the STAND TO DVCS team.
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