Guest blog - supporting our armed forces

21 June 2017

For those of you who don’t know me I am CWP service director for Central and East Cheshire.

I have worked for CWP (and in its previous organisational forms) since 1994, starting at the Wirral Drugs Service at St Catherine’s Health Centre in Birkenhead. I then worked in different teams across the Trust before starting in my current role four and a half years ago.

I also enjoy a separate role as armed forces champion for CWP.

As this week is Armed Forces Week, with Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24 June, I’m keen to share with you why I think this is such an important celebration.

On a personal level, we have one son who is a veteran and one who is currently serving so, as you can imagine, this is a role I feel particularly passionate about!

I am therefore delighted that CWP has signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant. This shows a real commitment from our Trust to support our armed forces by ensuring that nobody who has served is at a disadvantage when trying to access any of our services.

The covenant also requires the Trust to promote our armed forces friendly organisation status and support the employment of veterans, young and old. We will work with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) in order to establish a tailored pathway for Service Leavers.

As part of my role as CWP’s armed forces champion, I’m also eager to support reservists working at our Trust. If you are a reservist working at CWP, please do get in touch so that we can ensure you are fully supported in your role.

Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to invite CWP staff, carers, service users and families to the Armed Forces Day celebrations taking place in Liverpool this Saturday. There will be a parade from St George’s Hall to Princes Parade at 11am, with activities taking place along the waterfront throughout the day. It’s sure to be a fantastic event!

For more information on Armed Forced Day please visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk

Please let me know if you would like any more information on my role as Armed Forces Champion. 

 

Julia Cottier

Service Director – Central and East Cheshire

 

Photo: Julia Cottier with CWP director of nursing, therapies and patient partnership Avril Davaney, Capt. James Sutch and Capt. Dan Wilkins

 

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