24 Nov 2020
St Helens Chamber has received a grant from the Veterans Foundation to support their work helping local Veterans back into employment. This grant will help St Helens Chamber provide vital employment support to Veterans and their dependants across St Helens and the surrounding area.
The Chamber will support Veterans and their dependents to find work or gain the skills they need to enter the workplace.
Tracy Mawson, Chief Executive at St Helens Chamber, commented: “We are very excited to be working with the Veterans Foundation to be awarded this funding and I know it will go a long way towards providing local Veterans with the support they need to get back into work.
“The funding will be used to offer a package of support to Veterans and their dependants; including careers guidance, work placements, job application support and much more. We look forward to supporting these local people and helping them transfer their unique skill sets into new roles.”
St Helens Chamber works closely with local people looking for work, through Starting Point. Starting Point provides a range of services designed to help people gain the skills they need to get into the workplace, from free short skills courses to support with interviews and CV writing; while working closely with local employers, partners and Job Centres to match clients to suitable roles in the area.
The Veterans Foundation has been set up to help fund charities and other organisations that are helping serving and former members of the Armed Forces, and their dependants who are in need.
Major General David Shaw, Founder of The Veterans Foundation added:
“The Veterans’ Foundation raises its money through the Veterans’ Lottery and donations. To date, it has given £2 million out in grants to 140 organisations, many of them smaller but very worthwhile charities, which are helping members of the Armed Forces community. The charities and other organisations we have helped include those tackling the challenges of mental and physical injuries, homelessness, unemployment, children’s loss of parents while serving and remembrance.
“We are grateful for the public’s support of the Veterans’ Foundation and its Veterans’ Lottery, and we encourage you to spread the word.”
If you are a local Veteran or dependant of a Veteran and would like to know more about the support from St Helens Chamber, please call Starting Point on 01744 698800.