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Nothing like a mate's support

Nothing like a mate's support

We are proud to launch a new initiative designed to provide support for ex-service personnel who are exiting the defence force.

Transition Mates is a program which will support RAAFA’s Andrew Russell Veteran Living (ARVL) program. ARVL’s aim is to ensure that every ex-service person in WA, who is homeless or at risk of homelessness, has the opportunity to access appropriate and affordable housing.

We aim to provide practical supports, learning and connections, which empower veterans to generate their own positive living and accommodation outcomes. By partnering with a range of providers we will be supporting veterans to forge community connections and develop their own strengths and living skills which are sustainable for their individual circumstances. Transition Mates is one pathway toward this important empowerment.

Training and information sessions are underway for members interested in volunteering to become a ‘mate’.

Ian Craig, Head of Clear Skies, explains that the Defence Chaplaincy network will link volunteer ‘mates’ with separating service members who may benefit from some support.

"Our volunteers have initially been engaged from within our existing RAAFA membership, although this initiative has received interest from the broader veteran community and we expect this to eventually grow as the program expands to other forces," explains Ian.

"Volunteers will learn about the objectives for the initiative, and training for skills to be developed to facilitate a healthy and beneficial relationship between mates and veterans."

If you are interested in becoming a Mate, please contact the Clear Skies Coordinator on (08) 9288 8425 or via

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