Forward from Tony ( Hannable) Hayes Chief Executive Officer.
WELCOME TO THE VAUK WEBSITE.
This website is here to help veterans, serving military personnel and their families with any help they might need, we offer a wide range of services and help with things such as re housing or housing issues, medical help or mental health issues such as PTSD, we will shortly be offering training for work placements with major UK companies.
we also help with things such as obtaining your veterans badge or claim family medals etc, if we can help in any way we will, we offer an holistic approach to our work with a reasonable degree of success.
New Regional Co-ordinator for the West Midlands.
A new appointment has been made for a Senior Regional Co-ordinator to cover Warwickshire and the West Midlands, the role has been taken up by Tony Roath a former Fusilier.
Tony does WW2 enactments with himself and his colleagues dressed as 1940's American G.I's.
Tony may be contacted on 07800813636 or by email email@example.com , we wish every success in his new role.
New Regional Co-ordinator.
A new Regional Co-ordinator has joined us, John Bonnewell a former Guardsman
will be working with Derek Davies in West Wales, John from Carmarthen will take up the role from Tueday 29th October, he may be contacted on 07985524486 or by
Email firstname.lastname@example.org , I would like to welcome him to the VAUK and I am sure he and Derek can make a big difference to veterans in West Wales.
I have put two senior Co-ordinators in West Wales because it is a large but sparsely inhabited area, Derek and John will be looking to build a volunteer base to help with their work so if you are interested call Derek or John.
The VAUK need volunteers in all areas, some have no cover at all at the moment so anyone who may be interested in volunteering for us please contact Tony on 01282 219391 office hours or mobile on 07713329903.
Sad Loss of one our members.
It is with great sadness I have to announce the sad loss of Chip Davies, Assistant Regional Co-ordinator for Nottingham, We only found about the loss in October, Chip passed away on 11th July 2013 after a long illness.
I would like to offer the condolences of all the members of the Veterans Association UK to Chips family.
CHIP DAVIES, RIP.
Great New Books to look out for.
Hello guys, keep your eyes out for a couple of great books, First one By a lady called Carole McEntee Taylor from Essex, her book is called '' Herbert Columbine VC '' and '' Shell Shock '' from the VAUK's own Neil Blower, both top reading.
VETERANS START COMING TO VAUK CENTRE FOR PTSD TREATMENT
The VAUK are now having veterans treated for PTSD by the Military Veterans Services IAPT's team(MVS) we have referred 3 veterans for treatment and a further 2 have attended appointments from other areas of the country, the VAUK have also re housed 2 more veterans in Burnley with a further 2 veterans going through due process locally, there are a further 3 veterans who we are trying to re house, 1 in Leeds and serving guys based in N.Ireland looking to be re housed back in blighty.
We have also noticed certain councils are far more co operative than some others, despite the changes in the Law that came into effect on 30th November 2012, some seem to do their own take on the law and seem very reluctant to re house military guys or veterans out of the services, I think a further letter to the housing minister is due.
THE VETERANS ASSOCIATION UK NEW INTERNET SHOP OPENING SOON:
The Veterans Association UK has formed a partnership with Militarygifts.com and will be very
shortly offering a great range of giftware ranging from T-Shirts, Polo Shirts, Sweat Shirts with
superb quality Regimental badges, Whisky Glasses, cups, key rings, fridge magnets, coasters and
much more we can also offer large orders with big price reductions to Regimental Associations, Cadet units,TAunits or very competitive prices on single items and small multiples.
VAUK PATRON LORD SHUTTLEWORTH KCVO
OPEN'S THE VAUK CENTRE.
The VAUK Centre was officially opened om Wednesday 10th April by Lord Shuttleworth KCVO HM Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire Lord and Lady Shuttleworth were shown around International House and introduced to bosses and staff of Logic and Rapid Colour by Tony Hayes and Brian Yardley.
Lord and Lady Shuttleworth were introduced to the guests and VAUK members attending the opening, guests include many members of other organisations and individuals who work alongside the VAUK including Helen Lambert from Military Veterans Services ( MVS), Jennifer Chew from Positive Practice (VAUK'S) Chartered Accountants, Christine Blyth CVS,
Mr and Mrs Ian Kay a local Builder and private Landlord, Dean Briody and Steve Hewitt from Unite the Union our new partners in the Learning centre project.
His Worship the Mayor of Burnley Cllr Charlie Bullas and his wife the lady Mayoress, Councillors Tony Martin and Liz Monks from Burnley Council and represntatives from Lancashire Police also attended and from the VAUK, Kirsty Dennison
Senior Regional Co ordinator for SE Scotland and her family, Alison Yardley Senior Regional Co ordinator for W.Yorkshire, Debbie Gregory Assistant Co ordinator for S.Yorkshire and her sister, L/Cpl Steve Gregory VAUK Standard Bearer and Andy Brierley from Doncaster.
Members of the VAUK Board were also present, Brian Yardley Projects Director, Rosemary Wilson PA to CEO and Admin Director, Liz Jones Treasurer and Kathy Flynn Burnett.
Lord Shuttleworth with Tony Hayes CEO VAUK at the unveiling of the plaque.
Andy Brierley, Debbie Gregory Rosemary Wilson Alison Yardley
Kirsty Dennison, Steve Gregory Tony Hayes Brian Yardley
After the unveiling of the plaque Lord Shuttleworth KCVO presented to VAUK Standard to the Association's standard bearer L/Cpl Steve Gregory outside International house.
HOUSES IN BURNLEY TO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO HOMELESS VETERANS.
A meeting took place today Wed 30th January with Councillors Tony Martin and Howard Baker from Burnley councils
Trinity ward at the VAUK Centre with Tony Hayes CEO VAUK, houses will be made available for homeless
veterans in East Lancashire area.
Most of the properties are two bedroomed terraced houses which two veterans will share together, we will start with
2-3 houses then start to expand and take on more houses as we need them, we have access to about 25-30 houses
on four streets which means we will be able to house 50 - 60 veterans.
Four more new appointments in the VAUK.
Two more new Regional Co ordinators have been appointed, Julie Briggs has become joint Regional Co ordinator with Debbie Cousins in Co Durham and Lynn Humphreys has become Assistant Regional Co ordinator to her other half Ken Lomas in Scarborough covering North Yorkshire and two new directors have been appointed
also, senior case worker Shirley Crews has took over the role of Admin Director from Rosemary Wilson who unfortunately had to step down due to family commitments.
Jennifer Chew the VAUK's Accountant has joined the board as our Strategic Financial Director, both directors
appointments were wrote up in the minutes of Mays board meeting.
THE VAUK CENTRE COMPLETES REFURBISHMENT.
The refurbishment of the VAUK Centre has just been completed costing several thousand pounds.
The classroom and boardroom have been completed and looks superb.
VAUK Boardroom. VAUK Centre Reception area.
Distance learning centre lecture room, this can be video linked to any learning provider for real time learning.
Boardroom showing Articles of Association, Articles of Memorandum and the VAUK Constitution
on the wall.
AGM 2012 held at the Campanile Hotel Doncaster