Veterans In Crisis
Offering support for ex service men and women
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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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.
Ger 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 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 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.
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!
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
People don’t realise what ex-service guys go through when they are discharged…These guys will help you.
It’s a family, a band of brothers and sisters. I have no hesitation in recommending VICS to any veteran seeking help.
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.
Please accept our thanks for the invaluable service you offer
Two weeks ago, I walked into the meeting and knew hardly anyone. Now I have friends for life
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
Veterans in Sunderland who are struggling with the impact of Covid-19 are to benefit from a special fundraising drive inspired by the city’s footballing community Wearside supporters’ groups, Sunderland Branch Liaison Council (BLC), and the Red and White Army have joined forces with Sunderland AFC to launch “Sunderland Together” which aims to raise vital funds …
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. …
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 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