Start360 launches new RDV support for ex-service people in custody


Start360 is pleased to announce the launch of our new RDV service. Funded by The Royal British Legion, RDV will work with those in custody, or who have had contact with the criminal justice system, who have previously been employed in the Army, Navy or Air Force, and who have concerns about their substance use.

Support will be offered to those who present with a substance misuse issue, including alcohol, and who are willing to engage. Their engagement can begin whilst they are in custody and up to six months post release.


When a referral is received, an Assessment of Need will be completed with the service user to see what support the individual requires, following which a range of interventions will be offered.


Start360 Service Manager, Clare Connolly, said,

‘We are so pleased to have been awarded this grant by The Royal British Legion. Through almost 20 years’ experience of working within the Northern Ireland Prison Service, we have come across many ex-service personnel, who require specialist support in relation to their substance misuse and mental health.  This funding will allow us to provide tailored support to those who need it.’ 


Steve Baynes, Head of Grants and Social Policy, The Royal British Legion, said,

‘This grant will enable Start360 to use its experience and expertise to directly support veterans within the criminal justice system who want help and guidance regarding their substance misuse. Collaborating with partners who have specialist expertise that can support our beneficiary community is a vital part of the Legion’s work, and we hope that this project will make a real difference to this hard to reach community within Northern Ireland.’

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