Funded by HM Treasury

Veterans’ Places, Pathways and People programme

This programme will award 10 significant grants to portfolios of projects, which will work regionally to develop better, more joined up lasting support for local veterans with mental health needs.

This programme is not currently accepting applications

Introduction

This programme is not currently accepting applications

Since 2021, the Veterans’ Places Pathways and People (VPPP) programme has delivered under 10 country or regional portfolios, covering the whole of the UK, to develop better, more joined up lasting support for local Veterans with mental health needs.

The VPPP programme is funded through the Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund. It provides grants for the sustainable provision of places of safety and pathways of support across the United Kingdom.

The Trust awarded 10 portfolio grants, prioritising applications that clearly demonstrated a proven ability to take a co-ordinated and informed approach across their country or region. Grant holders have ensured that there are connected pathways which work well for Veterans; that there are safe places for Veterans to go which connect into these pathways; and that volunteers and staff who support Veterans have access to training and work closely with other organisations within Veterans’ mental health pathways. 

Progress so far

The VPPP programme is reshaping Veteran support with a focus on seamless access to mental health services through dynamic collaboration.  

A key success in the initiative so far has been the growth of collaborative cross-sector working among organisations that support Veterans. This provides a more seamless interface between statutory and charity or not for profit support. 

The interim evaluation of the VPPP programme highlighted some key successes including: 

  • improvements to mental health support and services 
  • greater connection with Veterans 
  • improved cross-sector support for Veterans 
  • how partnerships and collaborations have grown and developed. 

Following the progress made so far under the VPPP programme, and with further backing from the Government with an additional £10 million pledged in November 2023 to continuing the programme over the next three years, the Trust has worked to leverage this success with continued delivery and capacity building amongst the sector. 

What’s new?

Whereas the initial 2021-23 programme had a core focus on project delivery and activities, the next stages of the VPPP programme will look more closely at sustainability and long-term legacy. 

While this will still include direct support for Veterans, there will be a renewed drive towards strategic and collaborative activity that will offer stronger pathways of support for Veterans and their families; delivering joined up sustainable support.

2024 and beyond: next steps

In March 2024, the Trust awarded development  grants to the current portfolio lead organisations following extensive planning, discussions and a robust solicited grants process.

These initial grants will help maintain the excellent momentum this programme has built so far in making positive, tangible changes within the Veteran community.

However, the work doesn’t stop there, and a key aim for this programme going forward is to solidify the progress made, collaborations forged and impacts made, and continue along a self-sustaining path that will ensure the much-needed and well-used Veteran services remain.

The next steps for the portfolio lead organisations is  to develop their work further. In the coming months we’ll be moving into the next stages of the VPPP programme, and the portfolio leads will be hosting a number of consultation events. These events are crucial in ensuring that evidence is gathered to enable each organisation to develop a robust strategic plan for their work with vulnerable Veterans over the next three years. These strategic plans will be collaborative; reflecting the needs of Veterans within the country or region that the portfolio is supporting.

We’ve asked each portfolio lead to ensure they are including each of their existing portfolio member organisations, as well as reaching out more widely to:

  • Veterans and their families
  • organisations outside of their portfolio
  • Armed Forces charities and not for profit organisations such as CICs
  • wider charities who support Armed Forces communities in their area
  • statutory organisations.

We will keep an updated list of all current consultation events below. Please check back regularly for updates and details of how to get involved.

Deadlines and dates to note

March 2024: Capacity-building awards made to existing VPPP portfolio lead organisations.

April – June 2024: Regional portfolio leads conduct consultation events with Armed Forces organisations and wider organisations that support Veterans in the country or region that they are applying from. 

Guidance and resources

In this section, we have included the original VPPP programme guidance and application resources for reference.

Below, you will also find links to further information about the progress made under the VPPP programme since 2021.

Veterans Places Pathways and People
Veterans Places Pathways and People
Veterans Places Pathways and People
Veterans Places Pathways and People

Further learning

Consultation event listings

As we are given details of VPPP consultation events, we will list them below with relevant contact details. Please check back regularly for details of events in your region or country.

Country/RegionHosting OrganisationEvent time and dateContact detailsFurther details
Scotland – EdinburghScottish Veterans Wellbeing Alliance16 April 1030-1400emma.gall@nhs.scotFingerprints co-production event. In person event.
Scotland – GlasgowScottish Veterans Wellbeing Alliance22 April 1300-1530emma.gall@nhs.scotFingerprints co-production event. In person event.
South East – PortsmouthVeterans Outreach Support22 May
0930 – 1300
keith.gilbey@vosuk.orgVeterans Consultation. In person event. Click here to register.
North WestArmed Forces Community HQ4 June
1300-1430
andrea@armedforceshq.org.ukOpen consultation for VPPP North West. Click here to register.
LondonThe Poppy Factory13 June
1300-1430
jimM@poppyfactory.orgOnline event.
WalesAdferiad17 June
1200-1400
neil.lawman@adferiad.orgOpen consultation for VPPP in Wales. Click here to register.
East of EnglandBridge for Heroes18 June
1500 – 1615
darren@thebridgeforheroes.orgFor charities and organisations. Click here to register.
North WestArmed Forces Community HQ20 June, 1000-1130andrea@armedforceshq.org.ukOpen consultation for VPPP North West. Click here to register.
South EastVeterans Outreach Support10 July 1100 – 1300keith.gilbey@vosuk.orgOrganisations Consultation. Online event. Click here to register.
North East & Yorkshire, and MidlandsDefence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS)For a full list of events, please click the link on the right.Click for event details

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