A NEW charity that supports veterans adapting to civilian life has joined the Worcestershire Armed Forces Covenant Partnership.

Stepway, based in Worcester, offer a civilian skills programme and drop-in facility that aims to bridge the gap, particularly those veterans who are struggling with adapting to civvy street.

Stepway was founded by Dawn Turner and Bob Kundi and has recently gained charitable status. The charity aims to support veterans on their path back into civilian life.

Dawn Turner, founder at Stepway said: “Many veterans find adaption to civvy life problematic for a range of reasons. The most apparent reason is not knowing how civilian life works.”

Stepway is now here to support all veterans no matter their background to adapt into civvy life, by providing a seven-step civilian skills program. None of this of course would have been achieved without the support from the Armed Forces Covenant Partnership who have been with us every step of the way. We will continue to work together so we can deliver a more holistic package to the veteran community.”

Kate La Barre, Armed Forces Covenant Partnership Officer at Worcestershire County Council said: “Stepway offer a friendly and professional service to local veterans, particularly those who need practical and emotional support adapting to civilian life. As a new registered charity, we are delighted at how quickly they have established their unique programme and advocacy work to ensure our veterans are receiving the right level of support, alongside a range of other charities and services who they work with."

The drop-in Centre, based at The Trinity, Worcester, will run every Thursday from 9.30am to 3pm, starting from Thursday, December 5. The programme is free and self-referrals are welcomed.