A brighter future for North East veterans

A brighter future for North East veterans

Published 3 August 2022

East Durham Veteran’s Trust received £1,500 from Darlington Building Society’s 5% Pledge to enable case workers to help local veterans with problems they encounter when they leave the Forces.

The organisation is dedicated to helping local veterans and their families. Founder and CEO of the East Durham Veterans Trust, Andrew Cammiss, is delighted, explaining:

“Most people in the Forces have everything done for them, and they leave without receiving social conditioning. They often encounter a range of problems that they need help with, from dealing with energy bills, having enough food in the cupboard, housing and benefit issues, and debt problems.”

“When someone is referred to us, or self-refers, they will be assigned their own case worker who will assess their needs and provide help with problems they are having. We also provide support via counselling because many of our veterans suffer with poor mental health.”

Andrew was diagnosed with PTSD and was initially receiving help from a charity called Combat Stress. However, they lost their funding and there was nothing else in the immediate area. So, he founded East Durham Veterans Trust in 2020, and the organisation has now helped more than 300 people and their families in the last two years.

Amy Walker, Stockton Branch Manager at Darlington Building Society, said: “This is such a vital service for the veteran community, and we recognise how important it is for them to receive support, both practically and for their mental health, when they leave the Forces.

“By making this donation, the Society is helping the Trust to give veterans and their families a brighter future.”

Further information can be found at: www.eastdurhamveterans.co.uk or by phoning 0191 5815677.

Find out more about Darlington Building Society’s 5% Pledge.