HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS

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Charity number 1148155

Patron LBdr Ben Parkinson MBE

Founder

Tom Wood ex Royal Green Jackets;

CEO

Steve Bentham-Bates BA Hons  ex RAF & RFEA Employment Advisor

Chair of Trustees

Councilllor John Healy retired Housing Manager

Trustees:

Kevin Hartley ex WO1 RAOC;

Carole  McEntee-Taylor MA (Phil) BSc former MCTC Housing Advisor;

John Watkins  BA Hons Accountant ex REME;

Diane Dernie Mum of Ben Parkinson

Our charity supports former members of HM FORCES  (VETERANS) facing homelessness.  We are based in Barnsley South Yorkshire and have working agreements through Barnsley Council  (Berneslai Homes) and Doncaster Council (St Leger Homes) to rent some of their housing stock and then sub let to our veterans at cost ie we make no profit on the rents.

We also occasionally work with private landlords to help veterans in other areas of the country when and where we are able to help veterans elsewhere.

The charity is a member of Cobseo, a signatory to the Corporate Covenant and a member of the Community Covenant Veterans Support Groups in Barnsley and Doncaster.  Our annual reports and accounts are available to view on the Charity Commission Web site.

Our unique selling point is that we are small enough to react quickly; if we can help someone who contacts us it happens fast, if we are unable to help directly we will always refer enquirers to another organisation we think may be of use.

We raise funds ourselves to allow us to offer assistance to veterans in need. we don’t work with any professional fundraisers

Since the charity was created it has helped around 300 veterans with their housing problems.  We can only continue this essential work because of donations from the general public.

If you wish to donate or have a fund raising idea please contact us (see below) or click on the JUST GIVING Link here:

https://www.justgiving.com/help4homelessveterans

Below you will find a message from one of our recent veterans we provided shelter to.

All our current activities can be viewed on our Facebook Page.

To contact us  email:

help4homelessveterans@gmail.com

or telephone 07586 777856 or 07497 493479

alternatively contact the Veterans Gateway on 0808 802 1212 or via their web site click on the link below:

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Message from a recent new tenant OF HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS a former infantry soldier who served in Afghanistan:

Well as I faced becoming homeless imminently H4HV had a conversation with me about the circumstances and got me into a place within the week which was amazing and more than I thought was possible.

Then the issue was I had no way to get to work (travel expenses) and no money left to provide food. I tried everywhere to resolve this myself, provident, my bank, and my employer and none of them were willing to help. I was assured that the charity would help and helped me out with money to get to work,

then I had a delivery this morning from Tesco arranged by Danny at The veterans charity. NOTE WE HAVE AN AGREEMENT WITH DANNY GREENO AT THE VETERANS CHARITY WHO PROVIDES FOOD TO SOME OF OUR NEW TENANTS.

which will make getting to my first payday possible. The home was a massive help and the additional help with travel and food was above and beyond the call of duty.

Between the charities they gave me a chance at a normal life when I had no options left. It was a horrible set of circumstances and they made all the difference in the world and I cannot thank either of them enough for what they have given me.

I’ve never felt like I’ve had any support since the day I left the army some 15 years ago. What you guys do gives people a chance when otherwise they would just fall by the way side.

This veteran like many others hit a difficult period of his life and now he is back into work has his own home to enable his young children to visit and can look forward to a brighter future.  That is why HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS exists.

Tom Wood and his wife Jean who prepares the houses making them into homes had their fantastic work recognized last year when they received the High Sheriff of South Yorkshires’ Award for their community work. Seen below with High Sherriff John Holt DL.

 

   

 

CHARITY NEWS

BBC RADIO SHEFFIELD INTERVIEWS CEO

BBC RADIO SHEFFIELD Early O Clock this morning just finished an interview with BECKY MEASURES who is hosting the KAT COWAN show this morning about the work of HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS.
Excellent personal stories from Amber and Gary told to Andy Kershaw recently on how they turned to the charity for help. Pleased to report they are both rebuilding their lives now they have stable bases to live in again.
You can listen to the stories on playback via http://www.bbc.co.uk/radiosheffield tune in just after 7 and 8 am news reports

BBC RADIO SHEFFIELD’S ANDY KERSHAW VISITS THE CHARITY

HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS hosted BBC RADIO SHEFFIELD’s Andy Kershaw today when he interviewed Amber Guymer-Hosking Brandon CaseyGary Mcbride and Flo Fleury in Mexborough to learn how the charity is helping these veterans.
The CEO will be speaking live on air on Saturday 22nd  about the work being done and our aspirations to expand the support to neighbouring towns.

  

VETERANS FOUNDATION DONATES £5000

Delighted to report that the Veterans Foundation has decided to award our charity £5k to enable us to continue with our work including expanding into other local authority areas.  Please support their Lottery because by buying their tickets you are helping to fund projects such as ours.

NEWBOLD WMC DONATES £360

CEO accompanied by the charity’s Founder  Steve Bentham-Bates and Tom Wood were invited to Newbold Working Mens Club on Sunday 16th July to receive a donation organised by Geoff Knightley raised through collections and a raffle.  Thanks to everyone was given by Steve seen here hogging the mike!

THE YANKS ARE COMING SADDLEWORTH  5/6TH AUGUST

Tom Wood and helpers will be attending this 1940s event on Saturday and Sunday 5th and 6th August.  Come along and meet our team and view Toms new display trailer in all its glory!  See the pictures below.

DOWN ON THE FARM

Gary McBride represented the charity during filming by BBCs Country File programme where presenter Adam Henson spoke to veterans enjoying the benefits of the Therapy Farm run by ex RAF Regiment Gunner Jamie Quinn a former RAF Colleague of our own CEO back in 1984.  Gary and Steve are seen here with Adam at the end of filming and Gary is also shown feeding some of the cattle.  Thanks to Jamie for inviting us to take part and raise the profile of the charity.

The charity recently took over house number 8 from St Leger Homes and we are busy prepping it for its new tenant and on Monday 3rd July we take over house number 9 and start work on that one.

Last weekend Tom Wood and David Wood took the exhibition trailer to Sunderland and raised £272 for the charity meanwhile Steve Bentham-Bates ran a stall at Rotherham Armed Forces Day for the charity and raised £127.22 so a successful weekend for Help 4 Homeless Veterans

EFFICIENCY NORTH COMMUNITY INITIATIVE AWARD 2017

Great day in Hull at the 2020 vision event by Efficiency North on the 13th June 2017. Thanks to Paul Mitchell and Liz Butcher for hosting myself and Ben Parkinson MBE our Patron. Delighted to accept from Paul and Jackie Axelby MBA MBE Chair, their COMMUNITY INITIATIVE AWARD 2017 and a fantastic cash boost to the charity of £7500.00. On behalf of our Trustees, our founder Tom Wood but most importantly the Veterans our charity helps Thank you EN for your continuing support you give to us to progress our work.

HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS VOLUNTEER WINS AWARD!
David Wood who does an enormous amount of good work on behalf of our charity making a significant difference to many veterans whose lives are in turmoil has had his voluntary work recognized.
 
Pictured here holding the DAILY ECHO LOCAL HERO AWARDS 2017 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR TROPHY.
David, you are truly an inspirational person working wonders to turn fellow veterans lives around when they are really as low as they can get. This award is thoroughly deserved and we at the charity are proud of your achievements. Congratulations

 

 

 

CHARITY TRAILER RELAUNCHED

Tom Wood has completely re-designed the charity trailer all at his own expense!  We are seeking suitable events and venues to bring the trailer to for people to see and hear about our work.  Fantastic job Tom well done!

 

 

CHARITY MANAGERS MEET MAYOR OF ROTHERHAM

Steve Bentham-Bates CEO and Doncaster Councillor John Healy Chair of Trustees  met up with Rotherham Mayor Councillor Eve Rose Keenan and her husband consort Pat at a tea held for veterans and took the opportunity to view the memorial painting of Rotherham Soldier Sgt Ian Mckay VC Parachute Regiment who died during the Falklands War 35 years ago.

The Mayor has agreed to set up a meeting to learn how the charity currently works in the neighbouring towns of Doncaster and Barnsley and CEO Steve said  “as a Rotherham man myself I would like to see a similar scheme in place here if we can get the support from the Council following preliminary discussions”.

FROM AFGHANISTAN TO DONCASTER

Seen below in 2007 an 18 year old lady soldier making friends with local Afghanistan children.  Fast forward 10 years after medical discharge and with her own 5 year child facing homelessness step in Help 4 homeless Veterans to assist.  Special mention to charity volunteer David Wood who drove 700 miles to bring her and child to Doncaster where the charity re-homed them.

FARM THERAPY FOR FORCES VETERANS

Steve Bentham-Bates accompanied Gary one of our tenants to Jamie Quinn’s therapy farm near Scunthorpe to see how the relaxing environment can assist veterans to forget their problems for a while.  Seen below meeting some of the residents:

 

 

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