Fussell House Offers Accommodation for Veterans

Fussell House offers residential accommodation for veterans (and their nominated support persons/families) receiving care at the National Centre for Veterans’ Healthcare.

The National Centre for Veterans’ Healthcare (NCVH) is a public health service, providing a holistic approach to caring for Australia’s veterans to treat their mental health, physical health and psychosocial needs, together.

The NVCH and Fussell House are located in Sydney on the grounds of Concord Repatriation General Hospital and is managed by the hospital and NCVH staff. The pilot service of the NCVH was established in 2019, as part of the hospital’s continued commitment to caring for veterans of all ages.

Veterans who are referred for treatment at NCVH from regional areas or interstate are eligible to access the accommodation at Fussell House.

Funded by a $6.7 million contribution from the Commonwealth Government, Fussell House features 19 rooms (single, twin and family rooms) with common living, kitchen, dining and laundry spaces and an outdoor area for the exclusive use of Fussell House residents. Construction is now complete with the accommodation now able to welcome veterans within COVID safe limits.

Fussell House was named after Lieutenant Michael Fussell, who was killed in action by an Improvised Explosive Device while serving with the Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan in 2008.

Fussell House is designed as a safe space for veterans and their families to stay together and share experiences in a friendly and relaxed environment while receiving support and treatment from the specialist health professionals at Concord Hospital.

Fussell House Concord

For more information and details about how to access the National Centre for Veterans’ Healthcare, visit ncvhconcord.com.au.   

Soldier On Welcomes Babcock Australasia

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Soldier On Pledge gains momentum, as more organisations commit to supporting veteran employment  

National veteran support organisation Soldier On, formally welcomed Babcock Australasia as the latest Soldier On Pledge partner today, as part of the Soldier On Pathways Program. The Soldier On Pledge encourages companies to learn more about the veteran community, recognise the skills acquired in the Australian Defence Force, and make a tangible commitment to providing ongoing veteran employment opportunities and veteran-supportive initiatives including workplace wellness programs. Organisations who sign the new Soldier On Pledge, publicly commit to providing veteran-friendly recruitment, retention, training and workplace culture.

Soldier On today welcomes Babcock Australasia as the newest Soldier On Pledge Partner. Babcock Australasia is the latest company to publicly Pledge their support for veterans and their families, joining 50 other companies who have recently signed the new Soldier On Pledge and are working in partnership with National not-for-profit Soldier On, to enable veterans and their families to thrive. 

The number of Australian organisations committing to Soldier On’s new Pledge is growing daily, as Soldier On continues to strive to support the veteran community further – by encouraging companies to commit to providing veteran-supportive employment opportunities.

Ivan Slavich, CEO, Soldier On:

“We are delighted to welcome Babcock as a Soldier On Bronze Pledge Partner who are striving to increase their support for the veteran community. Babcock already has a strong veteran-supportive workplace culture in place. They are also taking the initiative to really understand the needs of the veteran community, the impact that serving has on the whole Defence family and what they can do as an organisation to enable veterans and their families to secure their future careers and thrive at work after leaving the Defence Force.”

“Soldier On’s Pathways Program is working in collaboration with companies like Babcock Australiasia to enable veterans and their families to thrive. The more organisations that come on board by signing the Pledge and supporting the veteran community, the greater the impact. We are building a stronger Australia together – for every organisation that signs the Soldier On Pledge, we are one step further to enabling more veterans and their families to secure their future.”

“Many Australians are facing employment challenges due to COVID-19 and Soldier On is doing our best to support Veterans and their families at this time. We provide holistic support services which includes health and wellbeing programs, employment support and education programs, as well as participation and social connection activities centered around the needs of the Australian veteran community.

Forming strong partnerships with Pledge organisations is another way for us to support the veteran community as it will forge pathways that will enable more veterans and their families to secure long-term meaningful employment,” he added.

Babcock Australasia formalised its commitment to supporting veteran employment and wellbeing in Australia and New Zealand, by signing the 2020 Soldier On Pledge at a Morning Tea held for Veterans in Adelaide this morning. Babcock Australasia’s Chief Executive Officer, David Ruff said; “Veterans make up a large proportion of Babcock’s Defence and Aviation businesses,”

“Babcock is committed to integrating veterans into our business. We recognise the outstanding skills and experience that they have to offer as Babcock continues to grow as a Defence, Aviation and Critical Services company from our regional headquarters in South Australia.”

Pledge companies work in collaboration with the Soldier On Pathways Program, which provides employment transition and education support to veterans and their families. The Pathways Program supports over 3000 veterans and their family members across Australia, guiding them through the complexities and emotional challenges of transitioning to civilian careers. Soldier On’s Pathways Program is supported by funding from the Australian Government and Department of Veterans’ Affairs “Enhanced Employment Support for Veterans” Program.

Prudence Slaughter, Pathways Program Director added: “It’s truly inspiring to be working with Babcock. With the support and collaboration of veteran-friendly companies like Babcock, the Soldier On Pathways Program is helping to ensure that more veterans and their family members secure meaningful long-term employment. With the continued support of companies like Babcock we will achieve Soldier On’s vision of having the best re-integrated generation of veterans. Enabling successful employment transitions for Australian Defence Force personnel has so many positive benefits for the whole Defence family and the wider community. When an organisation really understands and supports veterans and their families, the resulting positive impact on their lives is incredible.”

The Soldier On Pathways Program is supported by funding from the Australian Government and Department of Veterans’ Affairs “Enhanced Employment Support for Veterans” Program.

 

About Soldier On

Soldier On is a not-for-profit organisation delivering a range of services to enable veterans and their families to thrive.  Soldier On’s holistic support services include a range of mental health and wellbeing programs, employment support, and education programs, as well as participation and social connection activities centred around the needs of the Australian veteran community.

The Soldier On Pledge is how organisations can demonstrate their commitment and support by providing employment opportunities for veterans and their families, through the Soldier on Pathways Program. The program currently provides support to over 3000 veterans and their families across Australia.

The support Soldier On provides currently reaches more than one million Australian veterans and their families. Further information is available at www.soldieron.org.au

 

More Information

To find out more about Soldier On’s Pathways Program and the new Soldier On Pledge go to: www.pathways.soldieron.org.au/the-pledge

FOR MEDIA ENQUIRES CONTACT:

Jane Farrell, National Marketing and Communications Director

E: media@soldieron.org.au P: 0417 372 394 or 0401 580 128

 

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Ivan Slavich, CEO of Soldier On.

Prudence Slaughter, National Pathways Program Director.

Soldier On Veteran Ambassadors.

Partnership Update from BAE

At BAE Systems Australia we are proud of the men and women who have served our country and are grateful for their sacrifice. This is why we partner with Soldier On to support the health, employment and rehabilitation of Australia’s veterans, service personnel and their families.

We are honoured to be the primary supporter of the veteran volunteering program Serving On.

Serving On supports veterans to build skills, resilience and connection through meaningful volunteer work and involves a monthly project in various locations, in collaboration with other community-based organisations.

Despite the difficulties Covid-19 has presented, funding provided through our partnership has already enabled the employment of two additional Case Coordinators nationally.

As a veteran herself, BAE Systems CEO Gabby Costigan, had this to say about the partnership.

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“Having served this great country I am proud to lead a company that is committed to supporting our veterans as they move from service to civilian life”.

BAE Systems CEO Gabby Costigan

In addition to providing support to Solder On, BAE has recently established an internal Veterans Advisory Committee.

The committee comprises of veterans and their family members from right across the business who are committed to ensuring that BAE Systems becomes an employer of choice and a supportive workplace for the men and women who have served their country.

 “People who have worked in the military bring great skills to a business particularly tenacity, adaptability and problem solving. By providing support, training, skills and experience, we can provide our veterans with the opportunities they need to create a successful future. This makes them a huge asset to any company and we look forward to welcoming more of these highly skilled people to the BAE Systems workforce” said Ms Costigan

Soldier On with BAE Systems are creating and supporting a legacy for Australia’s service personnel, veterans and their families. Together we are building better futures for Australians.

Soldier On Shortlisted for Veteran Support Program of the Year

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Soldier On is excited to be shortlisted for the Veteran Support Program of the Year at the Defence Connect Awards. We are striving to grow our support services to meet the expanding need for connection during this challenging COVID-19 climate.

Soldier On’s holistic support services include a range of mental health and wellbeing programs, employment support, and education programs, as well as participation and social connection activities centred around the needs of the Australian veteran community and their families. It’s an honour for Soldier On to be shortlisted and recognised, alongside other incredible organisations. supporting veterans and their families.

The coveted accolade was awarded to Soldier On in 2019 for showcasing excellence in the Defence Industry.