For vulnerable Veterans, it can be difficult to manage the day to day tasks of independent living.
Housing providers are often reluctant to allocate homes to ex-Service applicants because they lack support services that can cope with problems relating to homelessness, alcoholism and mental ill health. This can increase social exclusion, further endangering tenancies and reintegration into the community . Unfortunately, Stoll cannot accommodate every Veteran who needs our help.
To meet this challenge Stoll, in partnership with other housing providers, has developed an Outreach Service to identify Veterans and support them in their tenancies. Ex-Servicemen often fail to access the support to which they are entitled and require experienced, specialist staff who can build trust and communication.
The Outreach Service deals with a wide range of related issues and advises on housing and homelessness, tenancy sustainment, benefits, employment, health and well-being, debt and financial planning and assistance. Veterans are also referred to outside agencies such as Veterans Aid, Age Concern and centres dealing with specialist health and employment services including voluntary work providers.
The mix of support covering physical and mental health, shelter and a series of esteem-raising activities is crucial to getting ex-Service people back on their feet and in control of their lives. With your help, they can.