Meet our team

We partner with other charities to help us reach ex Forces who need assistance. Project Nova is a collaboration between us and Walking With The Wounded supporting veterans who have been arrested or who are at risk of arrest.

Veterans involved in the criminal justice system face a range of barriers to employment and are some of the most disadvantaged jobseekers. Project Nova supports veterans who have been arrested and enter police custody. It also supports veterans who are referred because they are at risk of arrest. Launched on 1 July 2014, it is delivered as a partnership between RFEA and Walking With The Wounded and is operated by staff with a blend of experience from the armed forces, the criminal justice system and charities.

Central Support Team staff in branded polo shirts

Backed by a dedicated support team in Birmingham, Colin and his team cover the east of England, North West, North East and South Yorkshire and Humberside. In 2017, the team received over 1,000 referrals from 57 police custody suites and helped veterans of all branches of the armed forces, undertaking a needs assessment for each individual and putting specialist support in place from a network of military charities.

If you know anyone who needs Project Nova’s help, call them on Freephone 0800 917 7299 or email

I was arrested and made homeless on the same day. My previous convictions made it hard to get a job. Project Nova helped me find accommodation and is also helping me with employment. – Christopher, ex Queen’s Royal Hussars