History of the Veterans HQ
Bob Blanchard recognised the need to develop a full Veterans programme in 2010 when he started to work with and support a number of homeless men who were all ex forces and had other complex needs including mental health, alcohol and/or drug problems. Quickly the great need for these services became apparent. He then raised this with Liverpool City Council and was asked to research the problems and to assist the Council in developing their first Strategy for Veterans.
Bob spent 18 months in developing the veteran’s strategy for Liverpool City Council and this resulted in the historic signing of the Community Covenant in Liverpool’s Town Hall on the 23rd March 2012.
The signing brought together The Liverpool Veterans HQ, Liverpool City Council, The Military, SAFFA and Royal British Legion along with Merseyside NHS. Liverpool City Council was the first Authority in Merseyside to sign off the Covenant and as a result, LVP HQ has supported other local authorities in enabling them to get their covenant partnership board up and running.
After working out of a local community centre in Everton, it was decided that veterans needed their own centre so in March 2013, Liverpool opened the first ever one stop shop for veterans, reservists and their families – Veterans HQ based in Breck Road Liverpool 6. The HQ supports between 250 & 300 individuals per year and is seen as a centre of excellence in supporting our ex forces personnel.
Since the historic signing Liverpool Veterans HQ and Liverpool City Council have worked together and established the Covenant Partnership Board. The Board has senior representatives from front line veterans’ support agencies and statutory providers and this has enabled The Liverpool Veterans HQ to become the first point of contact for veterans and their families in Liverpool.
Veterans HQ have worked tirelessly in supporting ex armed forces personnel, reservists and their families and now run a number of exciting and very popular initiatives that include a custody programme working with veterans within the criminal justice system; a families programme aiming to assist and support families who are struggling as well as our day to day advice, information and sign-posting work.
Veterans HQ has now outgrown its building on Breck Road, Everton and is looking to develop a purpose-built centre of excellence for Veterans, reservists and their families across the Liverpool City Region in partnership with the Sovini Group.
In April 2017, we received Charity Commission confirmation that Veterans HQ was accepted as a Charity in its own right and we are proud to have the Earl of Derby DL (known locally as Lord Derby of Knowsley) become our Patron.