HULL Armed Forces veteran Mike Morgan is set to benefit from a new programme, which will offer life-changing experiences for former servicemen and women.
CatZero is expanding its work to provide specific support to those who leave the forces and are seeking new opportunities and careers. Mike was one of group that included fellow veterans, and representatives from the Prison Service and The Goodwin Trust, which took part in a Humber taster sail on board CatZero’s yacht.
Mike said: “There is something about taking part in programmes such as these with fellow veterans that makes it work. We are almost conditioned to ‘get on with it’ and have past experiences to share.”
Mike, 64, joined the Army as a junior leader when he was just 16 and served with the 22nd Cheshire Regiment, undertaking tours of Northern Ireland before returning to civilian life. After recovering from heart surgery in 2013, he has worked but is now looking for a new opportunity.
“And the CatZero programme would be a great place to start,” he added.
Also on board was Claire Marshall, the Veterans Work Club Co-ordinator at The Goodwin Trust – the social enterprise which offers a wide range of support services across Hull.
“There are a lot of veterans in this area and there is certainly a desire among some to work together again, to get the feeling back that they once had. It is a challenge for some when they need to find their way, there can be a lack of confidence and self-belief, which can lead to anxiety issues,” said Claire.
Our Programme Manager Pete Tighe said: “We have identified a real need here, to support veterans make the re-adjustment that is needed. Our delivery is such that they are supported to make positive change in a whole variety of areas.”
If you are a veteran and are interested in the CatZero programme, please contact Pete or the delivery team for an initial chat on 01482 333305.