Volunteer Veteran Support Program
The Veterans Community is struggling to support their Peers, an alarmingly high suicide rate is evidence of this. Through providing Advocacy services (compensation and Welfare assistance with Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) The Centre has learned the effectiveness of trained peers providing this service to those in need. Military is a tightly knit community and often it takes a Peer to help them, not the military members chain of command or a medical professional. Many young former military personnel don’t want to be involved in existing support programs. Some are not well enough, and others are too time poor with careers and families. A structured program allowing them to help their Peers, to triage the situation and remain flexible around their lives is essential. This role is a crucial bridging (warm referral) to professional assistance (medical, financial, legal, etc). The Centre is implementing its pilot program of volunteers to provide this essential support to current and former Servicemen, women and their families. Information session Thursday 18 January 2018
Time: 10:30am – 12pm
Venue: Dee Why RSL 932 Pittwater Road, Dee Why
If you are over the age of 25, have military experience or are an ADF family member and would like to find out more information about the aims of the program and responsibilities or the role, please register your interest as soon as possible as spots are limited.
Please register your interest at http://vcsnb.org.au/contact-us/ by the 12 th of January 2018.