Podcast lifts the lid on the role of the Veterans Welfare Service
The Veterans Welfare Service (VWS) provides a welfare presence for every postcode in the UK. The latest podcast from the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA) asks why the Service is as relevant today as it was almost 100 years ago.
Regular podcast presenter Clare Ellis speaks to Alison Davies, Manager of the Veterans Welfare Service for the UK and Ireland, about how today’s VWS has adapted to a much wider role as part of the Government’s commitments under the Armed Forces Covenant and finds itself helping people right at the start of their welfare journey, as well as veterans, their dependents and families.
“There is still a need for Welfare support. We are part of the MOD and work closely with external organisations to support the Armed Forces Community, by that I mean Serving personnel as well as veterans. We exist to provide a large part of that ‘through-life support’ that SPVA focuses on.”
The VWS works in partnership with the Armed Forces, Service and ex-Service charities, local authorities and local Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees (VAPCs) to deliver a quality ‘one to one’ welfare service that promotes independence and dignity via continuous support. Veterans requiring welfare help or assistance can contact the VWS by calling the Veterans-UK helpline, free, on 0800 169 2277.
The six and a half minute podcast and other SPVA social media products are available to access on the SPVA Social Media Hub via the Veterans-UK website, www.veterans-uk.info.