Catterick shoppers back employment support for veterans with health conditions

The Poppy Factory employment team supports veterans with health conditions.

Veterans with health conditions in North Yorkshire can sign up for specialist employment support from a charity that has been backed by local shoppers in Catterick.

Supermarket customers in and around Catterick voted for a £1,000 Tesco Community Grant to be awarded to The Poppy Factory, which helps veterans and their families overcome barriers on their journey back to employment.

The charity’s employment consultants are based regionally across England and Wales, helping hundreds of people to change their lives each year.

Amanda Shepard, chief executive of The Poppy Factory, said: “Thank you to everyone in Catterick who used a token to vote in a Tesco store for our employment service. Your support is greatly appreciated, and it will help more veterans and their families to change their lives through employment support.

“If you’re a veteran with a health condition, or a family member supporting someone who has served, please get in touch with our team to find out how we can help.”

At least four in five of the veterans supported by The Poppy Factory have a mental health condition and one in two has a physical health issue. One in three has some form of hearing loss.

Employment consultants work closely with each individual veteran or family member. They can give advice on job opportunities, help with CVs and job applications, support veterans to access training and qualifications, prepare for interviews and contact employers.

To register for The Poppy Factory’s employment support or to find out more, visit http://www.poppyfactory.org/employment