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Ex-Forces Action Network (E-FAN)

 

Ex-Forces Action Network (E-FAN)

Supporting our ex-service personnel

 

What is E-FAN?

The Ex-Forces Action Network (E-FAN) is a new initiative, the first of its kind, which aims to provide a unique and comprehensive service that will connect ex-forces personnel, who’ve had any contact with the Criminal Justice System, to a wide range of services tailored specially for those who have served in the British armed forces.

E-FAN is funded by the MOD’s new Covenant Grant Fund and forms part of the Government’s long-term commitment to supporting schemes under the Armed Forces Covenant, which is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served are treated fairly.

Cheshire and Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company (CGM CRC) is responsible for delivering E-FAN in partnership with the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS).

Although there are significant resources available to former service personnel a lack of awareness about how and where to access them, and in some cases a reluctance to ask for help, can lead to some veterans missing out.

E-FAN aims to tackle this head on by providing an individual assessment for each client and referring them to specialist help and assistance, as well as providing access to a number of entirely new opportunities created by E-FAN to support clients.

 

Who’s eligible?

Any former member of the British armed forces who has had contact with the Criminal Justice System and who resides in Cheshire or Greater Manchester.

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How does it work?

  • the client is referred to E-FAN
  • a full assessment is made within 10 days
  • within 5 days of the completed assessment an E-FAN key worker creates an individual action plan for each client
  • the key worker will help the client identify their strengths and needs and will actively involve them in the assessment, goal setting and the drawing up of their action plan
  • the key worker pulls together access to, and help from, those services that most effectively address the needs of the client
  • within 12 weeks the client is working with all the key services identified in their action plan

 

Who can refer a client to E-Fan?

Pretty much anyone who works with former members of the armed forces who’ve had contact with the Criminal Justice System; veterans in this category who reside in Cheshire or Greater Manchester are also welcome to refer themselves.

Examples of organisations who might find themselves in a position to refer a client to E-FAN may include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • the police
  • the courts
  • the NHS
  • the National Probation Service (NPS)
  • local councils
  • charities
  • ex-forces associations
  • substance misuse teams

It’s important to note that potential E-FAN clients DO NOT have to have been sentenced to a Court Order. Where the client is subject to a Court Order E-FAN will work closely with probation staff to ensure the best possible outcomes for the client.

 

What else can E-FAN do to help?

  • a DMWS Welfare Officer will assist with medical needs for those needing help from health care services, including mental health services
  • E-FAN has a policy to support clients should they wish to become a peer mentor, all of whom will receive valuable training and experience that will be useful beyond their time with E-FAN
  • in some cases clients will have the opportunity to devise a Community Impact Projects that will benefit the local community

To contact us or to download an E-FAN referral form please visit our referral page and to find out more download our service leaflet.

To find out more about the help that’s avaialble to veterans in the UK visit our useful links page.