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Veterans Outreach Support received funding for their one-stop Drop-In centre in Portsmouth

Last year, Veterans Outreach Support received £3,000 to help fund their monthly Drop-In service for veterans and their families

Based at the Royal Maritime Club in Portsmouth, the Drop-In offers a welcoming and relaxed place where veterans and their families can meet socially and get help in all areas; from mental health problems to improving their education, finding a job and managing their finances.

Working alongside other charities and organisations, VOS offers a wide range of advice and support; visitors can access welfare, legal, housing, employment, financial and debt advice as well as alcohol, well-being and mental health support.

The charity’s in house team of psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists come with a wealth of experience in mental health services and working with veterans and the centre’s therapy room offers weekly sessions to those who need it most.

A Royal Navy Veteran explains how a VOS therapist helped him and his family

I had been having problems with my PTSD, particularly with constant nightmares, fatigue and physical illnesses. My wife had considerable concerns about my mental and physical wellbeing. It was very difficult and emotionally tiring but the therapist’s calm and tactful approach teased out my anguish and concerns. I found a way to break the ‘nightmare loop’; it was a huge relief and a feeling of being able to move forward. Knowing that VOS are there is a huge reassurance.

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After a premature birth, Ted developed cerebral palsy which means that he can’t walk or stand unaided. Sally’s father is a freemason and got in touch with us to see if we could support the family in any way. Ted now has an ‘Upsee mobility harness’ that we part funded and allows him to walk…

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