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PWS pledges long-term support for Help For Heroes

* PWS-Help-for-Heroes.jpgPWS has agreed long-term support to Help For Heroes at Catterick, focusing on helping the wounded, injured and sick personnel in their transition to civilian employment.

Hosted vocational visits for Recovery Centre personnel are central to PWS's involvement with Help For Heroes. This offers an opportunity for those in the Armed Services to appreciate not only the types of employment available but also to gain a wider understanding of both the differences and similarities between military and civilian employment.

"We are delighted to help with vocational support and it is inspiring to see how positive and motivated the course members are in their transition to civilian life," says John Lennon, Sales & Marketing Director at PWS. "The visits give the soldiers an insight into the variety of jobs available in a company like PWS and confirms that the same personal skills and qualities prized by the army are equally valued by prospective civilian employers.

"Having the opportunity to talk to those of our employees who have military backgrounds has proved to be particularly popular with the soldiers."

The vocational visits are part of the long-term rehabilitation of the Armed Forces Personnel primarily based at Phoenix House Recovery Centre in Catterick. The recent vocational visit of 12 soldiers was the second in six months and plans are underway to follow this up with tailored work placements for course members to gain specific job-related experience.

Comments Mo Usman, Centre Manager at Help For Heroes at Catterick: "Our relationship with key supporters within the region, such as PWS, is critical to the overall success of the Recovery Centre. Our purpose is to engage, inspire, enable and generate confidence in all who come to the Centre.

"I am keen to ensure that the local community not only helps with Service Personnel, who will still be battling, long after the wars are over, but to take responsibility for the long-term operational viability of Phoenix House Recover Centre. PWS has been a phenomenal supporter and I am very pleased for the pledge for long-term support by the company."

As well as offering the vocational support to Help For Heroes, the partnership has been cemented with the design, manufacture, installation and donation of four self-help kitchens to the new Personal Recovery Centre at Catterick and a further three kitchens to the new facility at Plymouth.

For more information on the work of Help For Heroes contact the communication office at:

T: 01748 873276
E: jill.grainge@helpforheroes.org.uk
W: www.helpforheroes.org.uk

T: 01325 505529
E: jill.lundberg@pws.co.uk

5th April 2013

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