The Veterans in Sefton project has welcomed Apex Management Solutions Managing Director, Stephen Heneghan, to its management board.
Apex, an official partner of the Sefton based charity, has been working with VIS for some time, providing free use of mini busses for day visits and weekends with plans currently being developed to offer training and employment opportunities.
Stephen Heneghan acts as the main point of contact at Apex and was further invited to join the board, an offer which he accepted straight away. Stephen said: “Veterans in Sefton is a brilliant organisation that provides huge support to veterans through a multi layered approach. Run by former veterans for veterans, the charity really gets to the heart of the issues former veterans face and tackles important topics including metal health, isolation, PTSD, addiction, homelessness, employment and much more.
“Apex operate throughout Sefton and are pleased to have been able to support VIS in different ways, beginning with the use of our vehicles. Moving forward we have plans to create more tangible opportunities for the veterans themselves through our business.
“I’m incredibly honoured to be asked to join the board. As a large local employer, I hope I can offer some valuable input both through Apex and personally. Veterans in Sefton are 100% charitably funded and ensuring we generate continued support will remain an overarching priority.”
Veterans in Sefton provide critical support to former veterans across the borough whose ages range from 16 to 95. According to NHS figures, there are an estimated 27,000 veterans under the age of 65 in Sefton, around 13 per cent of whom have complex issues that need to be addressed.
Dave Smith of Veterans in Sefton added: “We were very honoured and pleased that Apex approached us to see if they could help in any way, and, after a very short meeting, it was apparent that there was a positive standing for a very sound package of support that could be put in place. The end result has been overwhelming – not only have Apex given the use of their minibuses we have also secured possible pathways to employment, and Steve joining the Board has been the jewel in the crown.”