Veteran's charity faces closure

Warrington Guardian: Alan Lily Alan Lily

A CHARITY that supports veterans in the town faces closure because Government changes to NHS funding means it will not get any cash.

Live At Ease helps anyone who has left the Armed Forces to find accomodation and employment, and deals with issues surrounding alcohol, drugs, crime and relationships.

The service was funded by the NHS, but since financial management shifted to the Clinical Commisioning Group, support has stopped.

Founder Alan Lily said: “Because we are not a ‘clinical’ group they cannot recommend us directly.

“The worst case scenario is that in two months we fold.

“Ideally we would like funding for another two years.

“We have got to the point where we are doing really well and we want to continue.”

Live At Ease functions by connecting veterans of any age with services that can help them.

It also helps train police officers to recognise veterans on arrest.

That strategy now means anyone arrested is asked if they or a relative has served in the Armed Forces.

Former soldier Mr Lily believes this will get them the support they need quickly, and prevent re-offending.

He added: “If we can identify them early enough we can get them help, stop them from ending up in jail or putting pressure on NHS services.

“It’s about educating organisations that a veteran isn’t Uncle Albert off Only Fools and Horses.

“If we aren’t looking for them they will fall through the gaps.

“We help with the challenges of becoming a civilian.

“It will be a real shame if Live At Ease does demise.”

Mr Lily added he is in negotiations with other partners and remains ‘optimistic’ of finding funding.

Live At Ease has been backed by Police and Crime Commisioner John Dwyer, although he said he was unable to offer any financial help.

“The work Live At Ease has been doing with the police is very valuable and has been a tremendous boost to those it helps.

“If it were to fold we would have to find it somewhere else,” he said.

If you can help, e-mail AlanL@liveat-ease.org.uk.

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6:16pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Nick Tessla says...

I am sure the charity does very good work.


However I can't help feeling that supporting the troops has become something of a growth industry and is in need of consolidation. Every month there seems to be another organisation attempting to raise money.


If they were to merge and share costs more money could be used to help their clients and less money to go on admin etc.
I am sure the charity does very good work. However I can't help feeling that supporting the troops has become something of a growth industry and is in need of consolidation. Every month there seems to be another organisation attempting to raise money. If they were to merge and share costs more money could be used to help their clients and less money to go on admin etc. Nick Tessla

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