DMWS comes together with local organisations to get Jack back out there
DMWS provides life changing support for homeless veteran
A big thanks to DMWS, its a great relief to know that there are organisations out there who will step up and help others, without the support of Luke and DMWS I'm not sure what I would have done.Jack
In May 2022, Jack was admitted to Addenbrookes Hospital due to severe leg ulcers which had become very painful and required treatment. Sadly, Jack’s personal circumstances meant that his condition had not been properly managed, he had been sleeping rough long term and had a history of drug abuse. Unfortunately, Jack had no ID and only the clothes on his back at the time of his admittance.
Due to mental health concerns Jack had only served a total of 3 weeks in the Navy and when he was ready to return, his dream of serving his country was put to an end due to a rugby accident severely damaging his knee. Despite his short time serving, Jack is still considered a veteran.
The team at Addenbrookes altered DMWS following Jack’s admission to hospital and when our welfare officer Luke met Jack for the first time it was evident that there were many issues that needed to be tackled. Jack initially resisted help but after several back-to-back admissions he was now willing to accept help to tackle his housing situation. Jack also has made additional steps to remove drugs from his life and although early days he has remained sober.
Luke contacted the local housing prevention officer and with his support Jack was put into emergency accommodation, giving him time for his ulcers to improve in a clean and safe environment. From here, Luke was able to link with the local Salvation Army and acquire clothing and a bag from him. He also referred Jack to ‘Cambridge Aid’ who were able to get him a £75.00 shopping card so he could afford food and other necessities.
Although things were improving for Jack, his leg ulcers were causing him a great deal of pain and walking was very difficult. The question of whether a bike might be possible was raised and using hospital contacts Luke got in touch with Richard Hales from the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who alongside the Cambridge Cycle Hub gifted and offered pro-bono work to support in providing a bike from him.
Following support from DMWS, Jack is currently being supported by a specialist homelessness charity who provide help for substance abuse to help him to continue his sobriety.
Thanks to the commitment of Addenbrookes Hospital, local organisations and charities all coming together, Jack is now on the up-and-up and has been able to open his own bank account enabling him to apply for benefits which will get him back on his feet.
Obtained support from 3rd sector reducing need for NHS services
Provided support with accommodation and travel
Successful collaboration with hospital team
Reduced stress levels
Secured unclaimed benefits
Improvement in Physical and Mental Well Being
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