Veterans In Crisis

Offering support for ex service men and women

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Welcome to Veterans in Crisis Sunderland. If you – or someone you know in Sunderland – is a veteran and you need help, we will be very pleased to hear from you. Our mission is to do everything we can to get veterans in crisis back on their feet, however long it takes. You can call me direct on 07398 916 590, and if I can’t take the call right then I will get back to you as soon as I am free.

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Absolutely overwhelmed with the kindness and generosity of every single person supporting the #veteranshelpingveterans crowdfunding campaign, especially with what’s going on at the minute. Came into work today to find an envelope posted through the door with a letter and cash from a man who wants to remain anon. The gentleman stated that he wasn’t a veteran but had seen the work Veterans In Crisis Sunderland does and how important the ERV is to everyone in Sunderland and due to him being socially isolated had decided to stop smoking and has donated the money he would have spent on cigarettes. £53 has been donated. Huge thank you again 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 please check out the crowdfunding page by clicking the link tinyurl.com/ERV2020 thanks Claire 👍🏼 ... See MoreSee Less

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Ger Fowler, Chief Executive

As a result of my time in the Army in Northern Ireland in the late 1980s, I experienced post-traumatic-stress-disorder. Years of counselling and support from my family helped me to recover, but the experience gave me a deep understanding of the needs of veterans (particularly those who have been badly affected by their experiences) and a passionate desire to help them. As a volunteer with a North East charity in 2013, I realised that there were no services for veterans with multiple and complex needs. I began work with a single individual: I managed to find the housing, furniture, counselling and benefits that he needed to begin his journey to recovery. This experience inspired me to launch Veterans in Crisis.

We have built a network of sympathetic employers who are keen to help, as well as training providers who understand the specific needs of the people we serve. This has proved invaluable, and the success rate we have achieved in placing clients has been significant.

Awards

HSJ Awards 2019 Winner
Chronicle Champions Armed Forces Champion
Sunderland Echo Portfolio 2019 Buninsess Awards Special Community Award Winner

Board

Ger FowlerGer Fowler, Founder, Director and CEO

As a veteran myself I know how important it is to have someone to help you to get back on your feet when you are down. I am delighted – and humbled – by the incredible response that VICS has already had, and I look forward to making a real difference to the lives of local veterans as the organisation grows.

Gloria MiddletonGloria Middleton, Director

Gloria has worked in the NHS for over 30 years. In 2012 she was appointed as SCCG Armed Forces lead and is passionate about ensuring Military Families and Veterans receive the best possible care and support.

She has introduced Armed Forces Champions into all Sunderland GP Practices as well as being the champion herself for SGPA extended access service.

Gloria is committed to support and challenge Veterans in Crisis. Her role is ensuring the business is fit for purpose and processes and policies are in place.

John SargentJohn Sargent, Director

John is a social entrepreneur with a passionate interest in the role that social business can play in addressing the social challenges in our society. He established his own social enterprise, The Ideas Mine, in 2004 and works primarily in the North East and North Yorkshire.

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Testimonials

  • Please accept our thanks for the invaluable service you offer
    IP

    Two weeks ago, I walked into the meeting and knew hardly anyone. Now I have friends for life
    GD

  • I just wanted to say thank you for your help and continued support with dad.

    Since the attack dad had been quite vulnerable and isolated and this impacted on his mood, well-being and increased alcohol intake to cope. Since working with you he has begun to engage on walks and voluntary projects which has got him out and about, meeting people, communicating and due to having some focus/ been kept busy on those days this has also helped with his alcohol consumption.

    Thanks again it’s much appreciated
    PD

  • We would like to express our deep gratitude for the support and advice you provided to our family as we negotiated the Personal Independence Payment Tribunal procedure for our son.

    The inconceivable amount of stress endured by our family at this time was lessened and the service you, not only within office hours but extending yourself beyond that, provided us the strength to continue. Without this we may have withdrawn and denied our son the support he needs.

    Again, please accept our thanks for the invaluable service you offer.
    DS

  • I felt sick the first time I went to the Gunners. I didn’t sleep the night before and my stress was through the roof. But it was one of the best decisions of my life!
    PM

    Coming to VICS is the best move I ever made – I have made some brilliant friends and it has ended up like a massive family
    SH

  • People don’t realise what ex-service guys go through when they are discharged…These guys will help you.
    ML

    It’s a family, a band of brothers and sisters. I have no hesitation in recommending VICS to any veteran seeking help.
    MR

News

HELP US PLEASE!! Crowd Funding

Sunderland veteran’s organisation launches campaign to establish permanent home A fast-growing and award-winning community organisation which helps armed forces veterans in Sunderland is about to launch an appeal for funds. Veterans in Crisis Sunderland (VICS), a community interest company, plans to buy a building in Roker to serve as its base, a drop-in, therapy centre, …

VICS Win Three Awards!

It’s been a fantastic week at Veterans In Crisis as we’ve scooped three prestigious awards for support of our veterans. At the Health Service Journal awards we won the ‘Military and civilian health partnership award’. We were also awarded the ‘Special Community Award’ at the ‘Sunderland Echo Portfolio Business Awards’ at the Stadium Of Light. …

Ger’s Big Jump

Our founder Ger Fowler took to the skies in his latest fundraiser for Veterans In Crisis. He paid a visit to Peterlee Skydive Academy for the tendem jump which started from way above the clouds. The guys also took pictures and video of the big moment so check them out below. Well done Ger!

VICS Win Highly Commended Award

VICS won a ‘Highly Commended’ award in the Community Group Category at this year’s Best of Wearside, which include unsung heroes, courageous children, and two international footballers. Read More

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