HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS

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Charity number 1148155

Registered in England and Wales

                                                                                                                                                                                     Patron LBdr Ben Parkinson MBE

Founder

Tom Wood ex Royal Green Jackets;

AMPLIFON COMMUNITY CHAMPION 2017

HIGH SHERIFF OF SOUTH YORKSHIRE AWARD 2016

CEO

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

HIGH SHERIFF OF SOUTH YORKSHIRE UNSUNG HERO 2014

Chair of Trustees

Councilllor John Healy retired Housing Manager

Trustees:

Kevin Hartley ex WO1 RAOC RFEA Employment Advisor and former Chairman

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

John Watkins  BA Hons Accountant ex REME;

Diane Dernie Mum of Ben Parkinson

Councillor Joe Hayward Barnsley Council Armed Forces Champion  ex Mayor

Liz Butcher  Efficiency North  Manager

Darren Sidebottom ex WO Green Howards now self employed Gas fitter

Squadron Leader Retired Mick Walters  Actor

Our charity supports former members of HM FORCES  (VETERANS) facing homelessness.  We are based in 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 have grown in the past 12 months from 6 properties to 15, and 5 more are about to be signed for.  Also we are currently in negotiations with other housing providers to rent more properties to increase our capacity in 2018.

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

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 and Companies House Web sites.

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 able to provide assistance.

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 350 veterans with their housing problems.  We can only continue this essential work because of  grants from supporters and 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.

Another message received from a veterans partner who was helping a fellow veteran homeless in the North West area:

I can’t thank this Team (H4HV) enough for their help earlier and paying for these extra nights. Before today, I had managed to book 7 nights B&B (plus spends) for a homeless veteran with help from generous donations received. I have contacted various charities and feel I’m hitting a brick wall every time… ‘There is a process to follow / will be in touch within 7 days /need a doctors assessment … how can he register with doctor with no permanent address’, and so on. I’ve not dealt with a situation like this before and needed help and guidance!

Within 90mins of emailing help4homelessveterans@gmail.com they called me, spoke to the veteran AND booked B&B for five more nights and advised what to do next. One less person sleeping rough, thanks again for your super quick response Team Help 4 Homeless Veterans. Outstanding work!

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

VETERANS FOUNDATION GRANT US £5K  – 15TH JANUARY 18

HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS received notification tonight that we are to get a second £5k grant from THE VETERANS FOUNDATION to support our work helping veterans with finding new homes.
We are very grateful to David Shaw and everyone at the VF for their ongoing help. The money will go a long way to enable our charity to meet our objectives for the next twelve months.
Join the Veterans Foundations own Lottery today and help them to help groups such as ours and win some cash for you!

 

NEW YEARS MESSAGE FROM CEO

Well we have made it to the end of an extremely busy year, well done everyone who has contributed to the effectiveness of the charity during 2017.
We were lucky with the number of donations we attracted, testament to the value of our core work.
We are deeply grateful to major supporters from Efficiency North, Soldiers Fund, The Co-op, Veterans Foundation as well as a number of smaller but significant supporters.
We have refurbished the original office in Barnsley which can now provide learning and employment help through the newly developed IT suite.
We have a brand new office through the generosity of Mick Lee owner of Constant Security, a long-time supporter of veterans.
We have purchased  a Vauxhall Movano 1 careful owner West Yorkshire Police fully serviced and with 12 months warranty  to replace Tom Wood’s own elderly vehicle which has served the charity well.
The current bank balances are healthy but we cannot rest on our laurels everything we do has a cost, most of which we as individuals has absorbed, that is not the way the charity should work in the future, it needs to pay its own way.
Finally and most importantly the work carried out by us has enabled around 50 veterans this year to move their lives forward again.  We have provided homes, cash for private rentals, food, money to support people finding work and employment for some of our customers.
We are doing what it says on the tin  providing HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS and you all should be justifiably proud of your part in ensuring the charity continues to develop and meets its charitable objectives.
Take the rest of the year off.  Back to work on Monday!
Regards
Steve Bentham-Bates
CEO

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

Thanks to every individual and organisation who have given their time and or cash to support our charity this year.
Particular thanks to Efficiency North Soldiers Fund The Co Op Veterans Foundation and The Homeless Charity for your grants.
Saint Leger Homes and Berneslai Homes Doncaster and Barnsley Councils.
Tom and Jean Wood David Wood and our old and new Chair of Trustees Kevin Hartley and John Healey.
The team of Trustees and our Patron Ben Parkinson.
Every volunteer who has fund raised decorated or helped in other ways.
These groups and individuals have made HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS a very successful charity helping around 350 veterans facing homelessness.
Sadly the problems won’t disappear in 2018 so we will be here doing whatever we can to support veterans in need quickly without the red tape.
Please everyone remember the small charities who do so much with so little when you are considering who to support. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

CONSTANT SECURITY PROVIDES FREE OFFICE

Help 4 Homeless Veterans (H4HV) is setting up an office in Mexborough thanks to the generous support of Constant Security Services.   Steve Bentham-Bates CEO of H4HV said:  “I have worked with Constant Security for the last 20 years sourcing former members of HM Forces to work in the security industry with Constant, a company which I believe values their colleagues and have a good training and development programme. 

The work this charity does helping veterans back into their own homes and then securing employment will on occasions link with recruitment at Constant so having the benefit of an office within their Head Office building will provide a first class conduit”

“We at the charity are very appreciative of this offer, it will enable us to build up our presence around Mexborough and Denaby where the majority of our tenants live thanks to our ongoing working relationship with St Leger Homes set up through the Military Covenant work at Doncaster Council.”

Mick Lee, Chairman at Constant added:  “As Steve stated, we have a long standing working relationship which has served both parties well in the past, and by my company helping this growing local charity through our corporate social responsibility plan it will again mean both veterans and Constant Security will benefit.

 

 

 

DAVID WOOD RECEIVES HIGH SHERIFF OF DORSET AWARD

Dear Steve,

I hope you are well and I thought I should update you on David Wood. My wife and I met up with David and his partner Lisa on Monday  at an address in Bournemouth where we met Gary Ingram, a veteran that David has housed and helped a lot over the last 12 months. I presented David with a £250 cheque for Help 4 Homeless from the Dorset Shrieval Trust. Also a High Sheriff’s award certificate for his enormous contribution to the charity.

Thank you for telling me about David: I have very much enjoyed my meetings with him. Also thank you for all the work that you and your team do for homeless veterans up and down the country. It was very obvious talking to Gary that the timely  guiding influence your charity gives veterans in need of help, makes a vast amount of difference to their wellbeing  which they hugely appreciate. So, may I, on behalf of the wider community thank you and your volunteers for the very valuable work you do.

Have a very  happy Christmas and my best wishes,

John

John Young  MC., JP.,DL.,

High Sheriff of Dorset

Durweston House

 

MORE BUSINESS AS THE SNOW FALLS

We have been contacted via linkedin to help an ex Grenadier homeless in Chester, B and B sorted and promise of help with first months flat rental so he is now moving forward again.

BFBS GERMANY BIG SLEEP OUT 6 DEC 2017

The presenters of radio programmes to British Forces in Germany led a big sleep out on Wednesday 6th December to raise awareness and cash for homeless veterans.  Both Steve Bentham-Bates and David Wood were both interviewed by Milly about the work being done by our charity.  We have been  promised a donation of £150 out of the 450 Euros  raised overnight.

BUSY DAY AT THE “NEW” OFFICE

Busy day for HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS.
Not only did the new office start taking shape but confirmation has been received that 2 of our tenants have been offered employment, one starts tomorrow and the second chap begins on Monday.
AND if that isn’t enough for one day we also provided a home to our latest applicant today who was facing eviction from a tied property so his future is now assured.
HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS helping our guys in their hour of need.

COOP COMES UP WITH THE GOODS AGAIN

For the second time this year we have received a sizeable donation from the Coop from their customer scheme. Over £3678 raised through the stores in Hoyland and High Green.  Thankyou all

MR KIPLING DELIVERS THE MINCE PIES AGAIN

Once again John Burgess and his colleagues at Mr Kiplings Premier Food Factory in Barnsley have donated a large number of mince pies to the charity.  Tom Wood and Steve Bentham-Bates are busy distributing them to our own tenants and also to other homeless groups in Barnsley, The Food Bank in Rotherham as well as Elderly groups in Rotherham and Doncaster.

 

SECOND VISIT TO MOD BY CEO THIS TIME ACCOMPANIED BY FOUNDER TOM WOOD

Following meeting David Wood after their epic walk to Westminster to raise awareness of homeless veterans Tom and Steve met up with the Head of Service for Personnel and Veterans Mrs Helen Helliwell and her staff and discussed how the charity engages with local authorities in Barnsley and Doncaster.  She sent the following message afterwards

You are doing fantastic collaborative work that is really having an impact. It was an absolute pleasure to see you both.

We will certainly look at what we can do to promote your model and also pick up on the 5 year cut off point with DCLG.

Thanks for coming to see us and we’ll keep in touch

OPERATION CONSTRAIN – HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS VIEW

The Trustees CEO and Volunteers think it is disgraceful that people who choose to fight for another country against the United Kingdom should, on their return, be given preferential treatment and allocated social housing which is a scarce enough resource already, over Veterans and other innocent citizens of this country who find themselves homeless and living on the streets of UK.

Rewarding bad behaviour only encourages others to do the same.  The only accommodation they deserve is a jail cell for their acts of war against this Country and, once their sentences are served, if they have no permanent right to live here, they should be returned to their original homeland.

We have been told for many years that the British Government doesn’t negotiate with terrorists so the proposals in Operation Constrain are abhorrent in the extreme. Successive governments have repeatedly shown their contempt for the Armed Forces and Veterans by their policies and this only adds to the sense of injustice those who have served this country feel.

Veterans have been hounded through the courts for doing the job politicians sent them to do; some veteran amputees are refused benefits because they are not disabled enough;  older Veterans do not get a pension and those who suffer with PTSD or other mental health issues and have fallen on hard times have to rely on military charities.

Operation Constrain is not only an insult to Veterans, it is an insult to the whole country.

 

AMPLIFON COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARD

Amplifon Community Champion winners Tom and Jean Wood. Tom here with Simon Weston CBE and Giuseppe Manzo GM Amplifon UK receiving this thoroughly deserved recognition for their work with HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS

FUNDRAISING EVENT WITH HARMONY-9

A big thank you to Sara Pearson and Judith Hadley of HARMONY-9 for inviting HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS to their book launch at The Red Lion Todwick . Also thank you to Shanez who baked 50 buns that literally sold like hot cakes taking the total donations to £100-11

A second visit the week after raised a further £138 for the charity thank you again ladies.

CEO MEETS TOBIAS ELLWOOD MP MINISTER FOR DEFENCE PEOPLE AND VETERANS ON 18TH SEPTEMBER

 Steve Bentham-Bates  the CEO of Help 4 Homeless Veterans a Barnsley based charity that works around Barnsley and Doncaster visited the Ministry of Defence on 18th September to meet the Veterans Minister to discuss issues affecting homelessness for veterans of HM Forces.

Along with the Chief Executives of STOLL,  HAIG HOUSING and Chair of The WAR WIDOWS ASSOCIATION,  Mr Bentham-Bates asked the Minister to encourage other local authorities to give more help to Veterans of HM Forces.  He explained how the charity engages via the Community Covenant with both Barnsley and Doncaster Councils through their respective Housing groups Berneslai and St Leger Homes to offer homes through the charity when other options are available to the veterans. This model is now seen as a way other areas of the country could copy.

In the past 5 years the charity has helped around 350 homeless veterans; in June the charity won a Community Initiative Award from Rotherham based company Efficiency North and it has been put forward to the finals of the Duke of Yorks Community Awards 2018 and The Amplifon Community Hero Award next Month.
Steve said, “we are a small but growing charity that provides rapid help when and where we can to veterans.  The meeting with the Minister confirms that Help 4 Homeless Veterans is building a  well deserved good reputation for delivering help to vulnerable veterans amongst the Ex-Service community.”

2 NEW VETERANS MOVE INTO OUR ACCOMMODATION

An ex ACC Cook  22 year veteran and a former Worcester & Sherwood Forresters soldier are our two latest tenants.  Both were referred through SSAFA Doncaster and offered accommodation as soon as we had met them both.  “John” who left the Army over 30 years ago said  “I cannot believe the amount of help I have received from the charity having left the Army so long ago“.

MEETING THE MAYOR OF ROTHERHAM – FURTHER UPDATE

Rotherham MCVC Chairman met with CEO on 15th August to bring H4HV up to date with their activities in the field of homelessness.  They have 3 different projects in the process of development therefore H4HV have withdrawn from their plan to extend in to the Rotherham area and will concentrate on expanding in other towns without such a pro active group as the MCVC working.  We wish them luck with the projects being developed as the bottom line is Homeless Veterans will receive help in Rotherham.

Excellent meeting with the Mayor of Rotherham Cllr Eve Rose Keenan on Thursdy 27th July 2017 by the CEO and Chair of HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS charity, we’re now looking forward to giving a presentation to the Council about our work with a view to linking with Rotherham Council in the same way as we already work in Barnsley and Doncaster. Also pictured is Mayors Consort husband Pat.

 

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.

DAMIEN AND KIRSTY PEART 1940s FUNDRAISER

Damien and his wife Kirsty and friends had a fun 1940s night recently at South Killinghome and raised £382.25 for our charity and are planning to repeat the event soon.  A big thank you to you both and your friends

 

 

 

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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