Collaborating to support younger veterans

Centacare and Ballarat RSL have recently formed a new partnership to assist young veterans and their transition into civilian life throughout the Supporting Younger Veterans Program. The partnership was enabled after receiving the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Grant, recently presented to Centacare and Ballarat RSL by Federal Member for Ballarat, Catherine King.

The initiative will not only support the younger veteran community members, including their families into civilian life, the program will correspondingly generate awareness of the services and support that is available for the recently discharged.

Young veteran Ben Brooks, was assisted by an RSL advocate in his and his family’s transition and expressed his support from the RSL being a minority. “Younger veterans are not engaged with the RSL ex-service community and are unaware of the services available, so bringing the awareness to the services and support that is available is key”.

The program will engage with the younger veteran community and a strong emphasis throughout the program will focus on promoting general health and well-being, enhancing the younger veterans and their family’s lives.

Federal Member for Ballarat, Catherine King emphasised “Too long these veterans are left to struggle alone, and often they are unable to overcome these challenges alone, with too many facing relationship break down and, tragically, suicide”.

The program support offered will include housing, employment, relationship counselling, family and parenting services and mental health services.

“I look forward to these two strong organisations, the Ballarat RSL and Centacare, build a strong relationship which will support many veterans into the future, helping them to overcome the challenges that come with returning into civilian life.” said Ballarat MP Catherine King.

To find out more about the Supporting Younger Veterans Program please contact us on 03 5337 8999 or at 4-6 Peel St Nth Ballarat.