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, Founder and Project Lead
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 and Project Lead
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.
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.
Val Armstrong, Volunteer Coordinator
Specialising in the design and development of new projects and the transformation and change of existing ones, Val’s career has evolved across the private, voluntary and public sectors. Social justice has been a great motivator and educator in her life and she has served as a volunteer within the voluntary sector for many years in a variety of guises.
Chris Batty, Fundraising Coordinator
Fundraising coordinator. A veteran of the Light Infantry, Chris suffered from PTSD after he left the Army. He self-medicated with alcohol for many years before a period of intensive therapy at Combat Stress in 2017. Since that time he has been abstinent and rebuilding his life. He is studying mental health and psychology, and has taken on a VIC caseload: a veteran supporting veterans.
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.
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
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