Charity joins forces to give ex-soldiers housing help

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TWO Welsh organisations have joined forces to help ex-military personnel in need of housing support.

Hire a Hero, a charity based in Pontypool, and First Choice Housing Association have created a partnership to help former soldiers access advice on housing.

Chief executive of Hire a Hero, Gerry Hill, said: “Since moving into our head office in Wales the level of support has been great. So many like-minded people are coming on board to support those who have served and our latest partnership with First Choice Housing Association will really improve on the level of support in relation to housing which we offer the service personnel who approach Hire a Hero.

"First Choice are a highly trusted organisation in Wales and beyond and we know that they will give the best advice and support to those who have served.”

Hire a Hero helps to support ex-servicemen and women with the transition from Armed Forces to civilian life with a mentoring scheme.

First Choice’s chief executive Hilary Ryan previously worked with Hire a Hero as a mentor and was keen to join the two organisations.

She said: "The great thing about military charities is that they all pull in the same direction with the common purpose of helping ex-forces personnel.

"For First Choice and Hire a Hero this is mainly about the transition from life in the military to civilian life and helping that small but significant percentage that struggle with employment or housing and signposting those that need further help.

"It has been a privilege to work with Hire a Hero and to think that we can help our ex-forces personnel in some way in recognition of what they have done for us."

Ex-military personnel in need of support can call 01495 761084 or email info@hireaherouk.org

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4:59pm Sat 2 Aug 14

welshmen says...

Excellent news, any help for our X Forces has to be good, well done....
Excellent news, any help for our X Forces has to be good, well done.... welshmen
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5:59pm Sat 2 Aug 14

taffygwent says...

Every other housing association should engage with this organization
Every other housing association should engage with this organization taffygwent
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9:31am Sun 3 Aug 14

Milkmanofhumankindness says...

Excellent news indeed however its a pity local councils often fail to support ex-servicemen and the elderly.
(the living ones anyway):

Local council’s would rather spend on Twinning activities and councillor trips to Germany than on services that help our elderly, many of who are ex servicemen or widows of ex servicemen.
Some local councils will even spend thousands on romanticised bravado of long gone soldiers than on jobs and services that help the living elderly.

Quite recently the Ministry of Defence has said it needs new recruits. "More than meets the eye"
The Zulu War was just another colonial war like many in other parts of the worldwideBritish Empire.
I’m not doubting the bravery of British soldiers in the Victorian era just the fact that they were not fighting for the likes of you or I everyday folk. They were fighting to protect colonial wealth.
In 1879 British colonial officials and the commander-in-chief in South Africa, Lord Chelmsford, considered the independent Zulu Kingdom ruled by Cetshwayo a threat tothe British colony.
European colonial expansion is likely to have triggered the whole thing. News at this time was unreliable ( no internet or mobile phones to challenge ). Self-determination was unthinkable under Benjamin Disraeli's conservative Britain.
The Michael Caine film Zulu was a glorification of inaccuracies!

"History is a set of lies agreed upon."
Napoleon Bonaparte.

and is sketchy at best.
Is this something we should be proud of ? and is this something that should receive funds from the community council (directly or indirectly).?
The John Williams Fielding VC Memorial Trust managed to secure funding for a replacement headstone,The Cwmbran Regeneration Partnership awarded a grant of £3,752 and any additional costs covered by the Trust.
( or donations from other council various grants!)
A annual Parade will honour the Cwmbran hero and a temporary road closure for future events will be in force in the area of the church each year so no doubt police officers will be present at yet more cost.
We already have remembrance Sunday an annual event to honour the bravery of all soldiers at cenotaphs up and down the country.
We don’t need another one just to largely appeal to descendants of the brave soldier and residents in what is becoming the posh place to live in Cwmbran
The Long Depression was a worldwide economic recession, beginning in 1873 and running through the spring of 1879. It was the most severe in Europe and the UnitedStates.
Britain's workers today are suffering the most protracted squeeze on their incomes since the long depression of the 1870s and are now well into their fifth year of falling real wages.
High inflation and stagnant pay for many workers means that real wages have now fallen for well over 40 months, according to calculations by the TUC. It says that is the longest such stretch of financial pain since 1875 to 1878, when the world economy was mired in the so-called long depression.
These figures expose once again the shallowness of our recovery. Without better jobs and decent pay rises we will not get sustainable growth.
Lets live for today and stand up for the low paid, under-graded and the willing unemployed who deserve better from the local Labour led short sighted, out for themselves,talking shop puppet councillors and as for the conservatives lets not even go there.
We know little about John Fielding the man! and Remember It is not known why John Fielding chose to join the army, nor why he enlisted in a name other than his own. John may have joined the glorious force because there was little else for him in the way of work other
than a low paid labour intensive existence in the many British dark industrial satanic mills of the day.
The working class consisted of both the skilled as
well as the unskilled and workers were exploited at the hands of the other two classes.
Fielding later served as a recruiting agent for the The South Wales Borderers so I think that he would have approved of making efforts to the employment prospects of young people and the low paid so that they don’t need to join up and get sent to some far off
land where they may never return from.
Sadly Suicide was an issue for many Victorian soldiers, which has echoes of reality of more modern conflicts. All too often the long term unemployed are portrayed by the media as being lazy work-shy scroungers and more often than not this is far from the truth.
Unemployed young people or those on zero hours contracts (same thing) are twice as likely to be on anti- depressants and many have contemplated suicide, a disturbing report has found.
A study for The Prince's Trust found long-term jobless youngsters aged 16 to 25 are suffering "devastating" symptoms of mental illness and often self-harming. More than 2,000 young people were surveyed, with 40% of those who were out of work
saying they faced symptoms of mental illness. Those unemployed for over a year were more likely to say they had no-one to confide in, many are on zero hours contracts that is no better.
The working poor are the new unemployed.
The Army has launched a £3m recruitment campaign aimed at boosting both the regular and reserve forces, this is the Tory response to unemployment, working poor and zero hours.
A poll commissioned by the Army to mark the campaign's launch suggested that 23% of people were not satisfied with their current career.When asked what was missing 30% said a decent salary; 27% said excellent training and personal development; 25% said a challenging and exciting role; 35% said UK and overseas travel; and 18% said getting
paid while getting qualifications.
The research, carried out by OnePoll, surveyed 2,000 people in December 2013.
Some young lads (and indeed these days girls) clearly want to be soldiers but many
have in the past chosen this path out of sheer lack of decent local job prospects.
Fielding later served as a recruiting agent for the The South Wales Borderers.
Most young people however just want jobs in the communities they grew up in.
No doubt some Labour councillor or another at some point in the future will suggest that we spend thousands more and have a statue built of the soldier who was no doubt very brave.
The memory and history of John Fielding and the Zulu war can be kept alive through history education in our schools.Wouldn’t it be more honourable if funding is used to set up a John Fielding back to
work program helping people find employment in Cwmbran or use the money to fund just one or two modern apprentices.
That would be something we could be proud of.
The coalition government of today are letting our youth fall through the cracks in our
culture.
And our local Labour party are more interested in ceremonies for dead men and spending on
twinning activities including subsidised trips to Germany.
Although the Labour party have promised jobs for young people and a living wage if they get elected - on a local level they could be doing a lot more right now.
Take the The Michael Caine film Zulu with a large pinch of salt.
Anyone who is in any doubt about the facts of the Zulu war or what John Fielding and hundreds of young boys just like like him were up-against in the 1870s before and after signing up to the army should check out the views Bill Cainan, curator of the Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh, based at Brecon, Powys.
You may find this BBC link helpful:
http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-wales-16948
284
Excellent news indeed however its a pity local councils often fail to support ex-servicemen and the elderly. (the living ones anyway): Local council’s would rather spend on Twinning activities and councillor trips to Germany than on services that help our elderly, many of who are ex servicemen or widows of ex servicemen. Some local councils will even spend thousands on romanticised bravado of long gone soldiers than on jobs and services that help the living elderly. Quite recently the Ministry of Defence has said it needs new recruits. "More than meets the eye" The Zulu War was just another colonial war like many in other parts of the worldwideBritish Empire. I’m not doubting the bravery of British soldiers in the Victorian era just the fact that they were not fighting for the likes of you or I everyday folk. They were fighting to protect colonial wealth. In 1879 British colonial officials and the commander-in-chief in South Africa, Lord Chelmsford, considered the independent Zulu Kingdom ruled by Cetshwayo a threat tothe British colony. European colonial expansion is likely to have triggered the whole thing. News at this time was unreliable ( no internet or mobile phones to challenge ). Self-determination was unthinkable under Benjamin Disraeli's conservative Britain. The Michael Caine film Zulu was a glorification of inaccuracies! "History is a set of lies agreed upon." Napoleon Bonaparte. and is sketchy at best. Is this something we should be proud of ? and is this something that should receive funds from the community council (directly or indirectly).? The John Williams Fielding VC Memorial Trust managed to secure funding for a replacement headstone,The Cwmbran Regeneration Partnership awarded a grant of £3,752 and any additional costs covered by the Trust. ( or donations from other council various grants!) A annual Parade will honour the Cwmbran hero and a temporary road closure for future events will be in force in the area of the church each year so no doubt police officers will be present at yet more cost. We already have remembrance Sunday an annual event to honour the bravery of all soldiers at cenotaphs up and down the country. We don’t need another one just to largely appeal to descendants of the brave soldier and residents in what is becoming the posh place to live in Cwmbran The Long Depression was a worldwide economic recession, beginning in 1873 and running through the spring of 1879. It was the most severe in Europe and the UnitedStates. Britain's workers today are suffering the most protracted squeeze on their incomes since the long depression of the 1870s and are now well into their fifth year of falling real wages. High inflation and stagnant pay for many workers means that real wages have now fallen for well over 40 months, according to calculations by the TUC. It says that is the longest such stretch of financial pain since 1875 to 1878, when the world economy was mired in the so-called long depression. These figures expose once again the shallowness of our recovery. Without better jobs and decent pay rises we will not get sustainable growth. Lets live for today and stand up for the low paid, under-graded and the willing unemployed who deserve better from the local Labour led short sighted, out for themselves,talking shop puppet councillors and as for the conservatives lets not even go there. We know little about John Fielding the man! and Remember It is not known why John Fielding chose to join the army, nor why he enlisted in a name other than his own. John may have joined the glorious force because there was little else for him in the way of work other than a low paid labour intensive existence in the many British dark industrial satanic mills of the day. The working class consisted of both the skilled as well as the unskilled and workers were exploited at the hands of the other two classes. Fielding later served as a recruiting agent for the The South Wales Borderers so I think that he would have approved of making efforts to the employment prospects of young people and the low paid so that they don’t need to join up and get sent to some far off land where they may never return from. Sadly Suicide was an issue for many Victorian soldiers, which has echoes of reality of more modern conflicts. All too often the long term unemployed are portrayed by the media as being lazy work-shy scroungers and more often than not this is far from the truth. Unemployed young people or those on zero hours contracts (same thing) are twice as likely to be on anti- depressants and many have contemplated suicide, a disturbing report has found. A study for The Prince's Trust found long-term jobless youngsters aged 16 to 25 are suffering "devastating" symptoms of mental illness and often self-harming. More than 2,000 young people were surveyed, with 40% of those who were out of work saying they faced symptoms of mental illness. Those unemployed for over a year were more likely to say they had no-one to confide in, many are on zero hours contracts that is no better. The working poor are the new unemployed. The Army has launched a £3m recruitment campaign aimed at boosting both the regular and reserve forces, this is the Tory response to unemployment, working poor and zero hours. A poll commissioned by the Army to mark the campaign's launch suggested that 23% of people were not satisfied with their current career.When asked what was missing 30% said a decent salary; 27% said excellent training and personal development; 25% said a challenging and exciting role; 35% said UK and overseas travel; and 18% said getting paid while getting qualifications. The research, carried out by OnePoll, surveyed 2,000 people in December 2013. Some young lads (and indeed these days girls) clearly want to be soldiers but many have in the past chosen this path out of sheer lack of decent local job prospects. Fielding later served as a recruiting agent for the The South Wales Borderers. Most young people however just want jobs in the communities they grew up in. No doubt some Labour councillor or another at some point in the future will suggest that we spend thousands more and have a statue built of the soldier who was no doubt very brave. The memory and history of John Fielding and the Zulu war can be kept alive through history education in our schools.Wouldn’t it be more honourable if funding is used to set up a John Fielding back to work program helping people find employment in Cwmbran or use the money to fund just one or two modern apprentices. That would be something we could be proud of. The coalition government of today are letting our youth fall through the cracks in our culture. And our local Labour party are more interested in ceremonies for dead men and spending on twinning activities including subsidised trips to Germany. Although the Labour party have promised jobs for young people and a living wage if they get elected - on a local level they could be doing a lot more right now. Take the The Michael Caine film Zulu with a large pinch of salt. Anyone who is in any doubt about the facts of the Zulu war or what John Fielding and hundreds of young boys just like like him were up-against in the 1870s before and after signing up to the army should check out the views Bill Cainan, curator of the Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh, based at Brecon, Powys. You may find this BBC link helpful: http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-wales-16948 284 Milkmanofhumankindness
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