ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is proud to award Finchale Group a £50,000 grant to provide intensive support for veterans coping with complex problems in the North East.

Finchale is a long-term partner of our charity; providing personalised case-managed support for Armed Forces veterans across employability, education and training, wellbeing, finances, family life and more. Its emphasis is on supporting veterans to overcome challenges in order to find work and have a more structured lifestyle.

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This £50,000 grant will be used to expand Finchale’s capabilities by employing a new Navigator to assist the Case Manager who works closely with veterans and determines the type and level of support they need. Those requiring “lighter touch” support, for example a simple referral or initial advice and guidance, will be supported by the Navigator. This will enable the Case Manager to focus on complex cases that require more intensive support. Funding from our charity has made this possible and will ensure that Finchale can reach more veterans and maintain a higher level of support.


Diane Watson, Executive Director at Finchale Group said: “We are extremely grateful to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity for this generous grant and its continued support of our work. For the last four years, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has been supporting Finchale to make a difference to the lives of Army veterans and their families across the North East. We pride ourselves on being responsive to the changing needs of veterans and increasingly we are seeing more complex social and mental health issues. This new funding will enable us to grow our capacity and reach out to even more veterans who need our help. Thanks to the support of The Soldiers Charity, we will be able to continue providing this much needed support.”

Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity added: “It is essential that our veterans can access help when they need it. As a charity, we are proud to support Finchale which provides support across a range of areas including education and training, housing and physical and mental health with great outcomes for our veterans in the North East. Thank you for all of your hard work.”

Find out more about Finchale at: www.finchalegroup.co.uk 

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