This year, we are delighted to award over £38,000 to the Matthew Project’s Outside the Wire project. We have been funding the Matthew Project since 2015 and are delighted to see our support continue for another year.

In 2013, the Matthew Project launched a new service called Outside the Wire, which provides specialist one-to-one support for soldiers, veterans and family members affected by substance misuse and PTSD across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. The service is run ‘by veterans for veterans’ – all Outside the Wire staff have either served themselves, or been brought up in a military environment. The majority of the team’s work involves outreach support – helping people in their own homes and communities – while providing a range of activities, workshops, and group sessions across the region.

The Matthew Project aims to support people in their recovery by building a community to help them when they make the next steps on their journey. The Matthew Project also focuses heavily on raising awareness – giving families the understanding and tools to help with these issues – and runs several other programmes to help disadvantaged teenagers and young adults with education, training and employment.

Wayne Copsey, Manager of Outside the Wire, said: “The Soldiers’ Charity has been integral to the development of Outside the Wire over the past few years. The funding has allowed us to provide vital support to Armed Forces families, children, and partners across Norfolk and Suffolk, and we are extremely grateful for this further show of support. Thanks to this grant, we will be able to continue offering this vital service for yet another year, supporting those who need it most. The grant will help us to continue providing specialist care and support to families across Norfolk and Suffolk, helping to improve family relationships and working through any issues our service users may have. On behalf of our staff and beneficiaries, thank you once again.”

Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, added: “We are delighted to be supporting the Matthew Project for another year, knowing their incredible work will be helping members of the Army family in such a personal and influential way. It is important to us to help the Army community in any way they need and that is why projects such as Outside the Wire are so important.”

To find out more about the Matthew Project and Outside the Wire, visit: https://www.matthewproject.org/outsidethewire