CRASH is currently supporting the Listening Out Loud Foundation, a charity that works with ex-service personnel to develop skills and work experiences to help them make the transition from homelessness to civilian life.
Even though 2014 marks the Centenary of the outbreak of WWI, some of our veterans continue to find themselves without a home. Numbers are reducing however; research has found that around 10% of the countrys rough sleepers have been in the armed forces at some time.
Listening Out Loud founder Jill Dolman, says, For most military personnel, the army provides a protective environment, however, once they are discharged, they can find it difficult to adjust back into civilian life, this is when many can find themselves homeless.
The charity works with around 20 veterans at a time and has a number of properties in the Congelton area of Cheshire.
The project, which is being led by CRASH Patron EC Harris LLP, will involve the major design and refurbishment of two houses that will provide nine bedrooms, a counselling room, a nurses room and a community kitchen/dining room and a lounge to create first stage accommodation for homeless veterans.
The project is currently in the early stages with plans being finalised and specifications drawn up. CRASH will be looking to get as many of their Patron companies involved as possible with this important and inspiring project that will create a legacy for veterans.