Probation worker in running for big award

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A PROBATION worker who helps criminals with a military background is a finalist for a national award.

Veteran Peer Mentor scheme co-ordinator Jed Stone is a finalist in the National Probation Awards in the Innovation category.

The scheme works with, SSAFA, the Royal British Legion and Combat Stress.

Jed said: ‘Being a National Probation Award finalist is fantastic recognition of the scheme and the efforts of the team of volunteer veteran peer mentors who work hard applying their specific knowledge, empathy and armed forces service experience to help ex-service personnel who commit offences, many related to the challenges of adjusting to civilian life.

‘We’ve helped ex-services personnel to access support to deal with many issues such as mental health issues including post-traumatic stress disorder, substance misuse, social integration, financial advice, accommodation, employment and transition to civilian life.’

He works for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company.