Veterans Outreach Support (VOS) is an award-winning, UK registered charity that provides a welcoming and relaxed setting where UK veterans and family members can drop in for confidential social or psychological support. The VOS Mission Statement is, ‘To meet the welfare, wellbeing and mental health needs of veterans’, including spouses and partners. The charity’s HQ and main delivery venue is the Royal Maritime Club in Portsmouth – a familiar, safe and welcoming place for veterans

VOS was awarded £5,000 as part of the Montagu Neville Durnford & St Leo Cawthan Fund which is administered by HIWCF. The fund was established to support people in need over the age of 50 in Portsmouth, with preference being given to Naval men and women or their widows.

VOS chief executive, Ian Millen, said: “VOS is a registered charity, which means we require a certain amount of funding to be able to deliver a range of valuable support to veterans and their family members. We are hugely grateful to Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation and the Montagu Neville Durnford & St Leo Cawthan Fund for our grant award. This grant will go towards the provision of our wellbeing activities throughout Portsmouth, some of which we put on ourselves and some of which are organised in partnership with other organisations. These local activities are a key part of VOS’s offering of wellbeing support to local veterans, serving personnel and their family members.”

VOS will offer a wide-range of wellbeing activities, across a number of locations to facilitate camaraderie within the veteran community, including opportunities for accessible and fun activities to veterans, helping to improve their self-confidence, self-worth and feelings of wellbeing.

Ian continues: “VOS serves veterans and close family members in our community, in particular in Portsmouth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, so we are particularly delighted to receive financial support from the community we serve. Thank you HIWCF for making such a difference to the community you serve so well.”