Ending veteran homelessness

At Community’s biennial delegate conference in 2019, members of the union came together to decide our priorities for the year ahead. Homelessness was an issue that really resonated with the delegates, and they took the decision that it should be a priority campaign for the union.

In the UK today, there are around 320,000 people without a home.

Homelessness comes in many different forms, some people are sleeping rough on the streets while others may be staying on friends’ sofas or staying in a hostel long-term. Of those without a home, 6,000 are men and women who served this country as a member of our armed forces, only to return and be left without a home.

We’re campaigning to end veteran homelessness because we believe that every person has the right to a place they can call home.

Over the coming years we’re going to be campaigning to help homeless veterans and we need your help. Sign up for the campaign email here.

So, what have we been up to so far?

We ran, walked and cycled to raise money for a local charity to help end veteran homelessness and between us we raised over £6,000.

We’ve created a bespoke learning and training offer for veterans which you can see here.

Our veteran member, Reg Gutteridge spoke at Labour Party conference and changed Labour Party policy. Find out more here.

Our members up and down the country have been collecting warm winter clothes, toiletries and other necessities to support veterans. Read their stories here, here and here.

We won the bronze award from the Military Covenant.

Don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date and find out how you can get involved.



Latest stories...

Community - September 14th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
As part of Community’s campaign to end veteran homelessness, Community’s Welsh Regional Office organised a drive for items that homeless veterans need. The region coordinated [...]
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Caroline Armstrong - June 1st, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
After Community launched its campaign to end veteran homelessness and reached out asking members to collect warm clothes and bedding to help veterans survive the [...]
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Community - May 20th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
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Community - May 7th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
The Community trade union is a project partner for SSAFA’s VE Day commemorative album. Released to mark the 75th anniversary this Friday (8 May), VE [...]
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Community - February 20th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
“Knowing organisations like Community are there really helps…” Over the last few months Community has received a significant amount of donations for the union’s veteran [...]
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Community - January 17th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
“It’s events like these that really bring people together and raise spirits…” A number of events have taken place in recent weeks as Community’s homelessness [...]
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Community - November 22nd, 2019
Community National Executive Council member and army veteran Reg Gutteridge has recorded a video calling on reps and members to support the union's homeless veterans [...]
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Community - October 31st, 2019 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
As Remembrance Sunday approaches, Community has officially launched its campaign so the union can play its part in ending veteran homelessness. So far, the union [...]
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Community - September 25th, 2019 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
“Men and women who risked their lives for their country are being let down…” Community’s conference voted to make homelessness one of the union’s priority [...]
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