Earlier this week, staff from the Office for Veterans Affairs based in London travelled to Belfast to talk to veterans and key stakeholders about the ongoing UK Veterans Consultation and key themes. The aim was two fold; to highlight the importance of gaining important information to help shape future policies and also to allow veterans from Northern Ireland an opportunity to talk through the very real and different challenges faced by them compared to the rest of the UK.
So what is the Veterans Consultation all about?
The Office for Veterans Affairs in the UK has initiated a comprehensive nationwide consultation, focusing on key themes outlined in the veterans’ strategy. This initiative aims to evaluate the efficiency of existing policies and shape future strategies, encompassing crucial aspects such as health, employment, military/civilian transition, and the broader societal perception of veterans among others. The consultation, which commenced on October 26, 2023, will continue until January 4, 2024.
Open to both veterans, organisations and non-veterans, the consultation recognises the diverse perspectives that contribute to a holistic understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by veterans. The Office for Veterans Affairs emphasises the importance of soliciting input from a broad spectrum of the population to ensure a comprehensive and inclusive assessment.
The survey invites participants to share their insights and experiences, providing valuable input that will inform future policies and initiatives. By encouraging contributions from veterans, non-veterans, and organizations, the Office for Veterans Affairs underscores its commitment to fostering a collaborative and supportive environment for those who have served and sacrificed for their country.
To participate and make your voice heard in this vital consultation, you can follow this link: Supporting Our Veterans – A Consultation. The Consultation is extensive, therefore it is recommended to set aside an hour to make your way through all the questions. Always be mindful that without your contributions, change cannot happen. Evidence to demonstrate ‘the need’ within the veteran community shapes future services and policies, therefore what you say and the feedback you provide, really does matter.
Your input is crucial in shaping the future strategies that will enhance the well-being and opportunities for veterans across the UK, including here in Northern Ireland.