Kent and Medway Pathways


Armed Forces CovenantThe pathways which were produced within Sussex were rolled out into Kent and Medway covering topics such as employment; social care; rough sleeping, physical health, mental health and housing.

In May 2017, Surrey County Council, in partnership with Kent & Medway, East & West Sussex and Hampshire county councils and ourselves was awarded £321,000 from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund to promote understanding and awareness within public authorities and related sectors, including health, of the issues which affect the Armed Forces community.

The Forces Connect South East project, was funded for two years, and involved educating and briefing Armed Forces Service Champions, Covenant Officers, social care teams and helpdesk staff across the South East so that the needs of Armed Forces personnel, veterans and their families could be better understood by the public sector.

The Forces Connect South East project built on the work which had already been completed within Sussex in regards to the development of pathways of services that support the Armed Forces community. This was been done in parallel to the Service Champion Training which is also being carried out across the South East.

Forces Connect is the app which has been produced based on the pathways produced by the Armed Forces Network. The app started with only information for Hampshire, Kent & Medway, Sussex and Surrey. However, more counties are joining the app, making it one of the easiest ways to access information and support for the Armed Forces community.

Mental Health

Detailing the help and support available in Kent and Medway from within the local NHS and other providers.

Physical Health

Providing a range of services within all health care areas from clinics to patient care.

Addictions

Detailing a range of services supporting those struggling with addictions including gambling and substance misuse.

Social Care

Guidance for those who find themselves in financial or legal difficulty, plus general advice and support on care services available.

Housing

Information to help support those who are relocating or in need of housing assistance.

Gurkha/Nepalese

Details of services and support for the local Gurkha and Nepalese community.

Gurkha/Nepalese Healthcare Toolkit

A collation of resources to support the health and wellbeing of the Gurkha/Nepalese community.

Criminal Justice

Providing details of services for those who are in custody, pending release or have been arrested. Also provides details of support for those who are dealing with domestic abuse.

Carers and Families

Information to help and support both carers and families within the Armed Forces community.

Child and Adolescent

Information to help and support children and young people in Armed Forces families.

Adult Education and Training

Details of support for those getting ready to leave the Armed Forces, to volunteering opportunities and further education and training for those who have already left.

Employment

Information to help support those who are looking to gain employment after leaving the Armed Forces.
 

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