Veterans/Reservists

To aid all organisations there is a draft policy which contains the minimum suggested information to be incorporated within an organisation Policies as outlined by SaBRE. This could be used in all organisations to ensure they are in line with the regulations and operating framework that reservists are supported by NHS organisations. There are many benefits for organisations to employ reservists.

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Defence Relationship Management
The Defence Relationship Management (DRM) is a single point of contact linking employers with the Ministry of Defence (MOD). They offer advice and support on employing members of the armed forces community, and enable organisations to develop a mutually beneficial working relationship with the MOD. The DRM builds on the successful SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and their Employers) information campaign and continues defence’s work with reservists, their employers, and those organisations who want to partner with defence.

The MoD is keen to establish open, strategic relationships with employers, tailoring partnering opportunities to mutual needs and business goals.

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Through feedback from veterans at a National meeting one area that they thought would be useful is having someone that they can talk to within the organisation or through the counselling/support services (which may be bought in) who has military background that would understand the complex needs of individuals who have served.

NHS Employers
In partnership with the Ministry of Defence and the Department of Health, NHS Employers has launched a new initiative - NHS Reserve Forces Champions. The scheme has been created to increase the awareness of reservists within the NHS, and to highlight the benefits that employing reservists can have for organisations and employers.

Through the use of local networks, the champion scheme will not only facilitate stronger relationships between NHS Trusts, military units and Defence Relationship Management contacts, but also with other reservist employers within the region.

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Useful documents

a. Pathways
Work will be undertaken in Kent and Medway to mimic the pathway work which was completed in the Sussex Armed Forces Network. This work will develop and understand specific pathways and services in Kent and Medway for the Armed Forces Community and will focus on:

  • Homelessness
  • Housing
  • Physical Health
  • Mental Health
  • Education and Training
  • Employment
  • Social Care

Full details of the pathways for Kent and Medway will be available shortly but in the interim you can view the pathways for Sussex which also contains national information on the Sussex Armed Forces Network website

b. Partner Organisations
The Kent and Medway Armed Forces Network is linked with the following organisations who can provide support/advice as required.

0808 802 8080 (0800-2000)
Drop in sessions are run on a Monday and Thursday from 10:00 to 16:00 at the Royal British Legion Village, Kent Office, Hall Road, Aylesford ME20 7NLPoster

0800 169 9060 (1030-1930)

0800 389 7979 (0900-1700)

0800 138 1619 (24 hour)

0800 731 4880 (24 hour)

01980 844 280 (0900-1700)

0808 1914 218 (0730-1830 (Mon to Thurs) 0730-1700 (Fri))

Heroes Welcome is a website which shows organisational support for British Armed Forces Personnel and indicates a warm welcome, service up grade, special acknowledgement or even a little discount as appropriate.

c. Champions
The Champions in Kent and Medway are there to try and embed a wealth of knowledge in local organisations about the Armed Forces. Their role is to support both clients and staff who are part of the Armed Forces Community.

There are a variety of organisations that might offer support to carers across the region. However, the main charities that specialise solely in supporting carers are listed below. Carer organisations can signpost carers to other appropriate services (for example, support for dementia carers, carers of people with learning disabilities, mental health issues or end of life care) if need be.

Carers First
(South West Kent, Dartford, Gravesham, Swanley and Medway)
Phone: 0300 303 15555
Website: www.carersfirst.org.uk/
Email: info@carersfirst.org.uk

Carers Support
(Ashford, Shepway and Swale)
Phone: 01233 664393
Website: www.carers-ashford.org.uk/
Email: admin@carers-ashford.org.uk

Carers Project
(Maidstone and Malling)
Phone: 01622 685276
Website: www.vam-online.org.uk
Email: carers@vam-online.org.uk

Carers Support
(Canterbury, Dover and Thanet)
Phone: 01304 364637
Website: www.carers-supportcdt.org.uk
Email: support@carers-doverdistrict.org

Carers Emergency Alert Card Scheme
Carers are issued with a credit card sized card that has a unique reference number and emergency phone number on it. Carried by the carer at all times it can be used in an emergency to identify that they care for someone. In an emergency situation someone can call Kent County Council’s 24 hour Contact Centre quoting the reference number on the card and the carer’s pre arranged emergency plan will be put into action. The service is free and is available 24/7.
For information on how to register please contact your local Carers Support Service (details above).

Carers Assessments
To request a Carers Assessment contact either the Council on 03000 41 61 61 or your local Carers organisation (details as before).

Kent Young Carers (KYC)
Phone: 0300 111 1110
Website: www.kentyoungcarers.org.uk
Email: info@kentyoungcarers.org.uk

Medway Young Carer Project (hosted by Carers First)
Phone: 0300 111 1110
Website: www.carersfirst.org.ukl
Email: youngcarers@carersfirst.org.uk

Young Adult Carers (YAC) Transitions Project (hosted by Carers First)
Phone: 0300 303 1555
Website: www.carersfirst.org.uk
Email: youngadults@carersfirst.org.uk

A search engine for local carer’s centres is available on the Carers Trust website.
Please click here to access: Find your local Carers Centre
Carers Trust
National organisation working to improve support, services and recognition for unpaid carers. The Trust’s website has lots of resources including downloadable factsheets and they also facilitate on-line communities and forums for carers. Carers Trust host an additional site of information and resources for professionals who are working with carers in health, education and social care.

Head office
32-36 Loman Street,
London SE1 0EH

Phone: 0844 800 4361
Email (General enquiries): info@carers.org
Main website: www.carers.org
Professional’s website: professionals.carers.org 

Carers UK
National membership charity for carers, Carers UK is both a support network and a movement for change. The website is host to information and resources such as factsheets for both carers and professionals. Carers UK produces the Carers Rights Guide each year to outline carers' essential rights and signposts to what financial and practical help is available. The booklet is available to download for free on the website or paper copies can be ordered for a small fee.

Helpline: 0808 808 7777
Email: advice@carersuk.org
Website:   www.carersuk.org