Our Wilton awarded £2million grant

Our Wilton Trust, the service veterans’ charity based at Wilton Hill, has been awarded a major grant of two million pounds to develop the UK’s first housing and enterprise hub for veterans.

The project, near Salisbury, has been awarded the sum from the Libor Fund and the money will be used to fund the Enterprise Hub on the site.

The Enterprise Hub will offer space for veterans and the wider Wilton community to enable community integration and skills sharing, with a range of flexible workspace options to fit all needs.

The project is transforming the former Erskine Barracks in Wilton into the first purpose built community based campus for service veterans.

It will include homes for veterans and an innovative enterprise hub to help them launch their own businesses.

The project is geared towards enabling service veterans to make a positive transition into independent living into the community.

The enterprise hub will offer training and help for veterans to launch their own businesses and will sit alongside facilities for up to 60 other businesses.

At least 44 homes will be built on the site for veterans to rent for a period of between six and 24 months while they receive business and skills training.  They then move on to make room for another veteran.

The grant is one of many awarded by the government to support Armed Forces and Emergency Service charities via the Libor Fund.

They’ve committed £102 million of banking fines over the next four years to these and other related good causes.

Matthew Bell, CEO Our Enterprise said “This is a huge vote of confidence from the Government in what we believe is a very innovative model which is capable of being replicated across the UK.”

Sue van Leest, Operations Manager for Our Wilton said “We are incredibly grateful to both the Leader of Wiltshire Council, Baroness Scott, and John Glen MP who have been consistently supportive of this project.

“From the very beginning, they have understood the concept of working with the whole community to develop and deliver a model which will deliver truly integrative outcomes.”

Building work on the project is due to begin later this year with completion expected late 2017.

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