Project Nova

Supporting veterans who have been arrested or are at risk of arrest. Operating in five areas of the UK: the East of England, North West, North East, Devon and Cornwall and South Yorkshire and Humberside.

Project Nova supports vulnerable veterans and veterans who have been arrested and enter Police Custody.  Veterans may also be referred by specialist Police teams, or other statutory organisations, because they are at risk of arrest. As of 2019 it also supports Merchant Navy who have worked with HM Forces on Operational deployment.

Launched on 1st July 2014, it is delivered as a partnership between RFEA and Walking With The Wounded (WWTW). Project Nova currently operates in the East of England; the North East; the North West, Devon and Cornwall and South Yorkshire and Humberside.

Project Nova is operated by staff with a blend of experience from the armed forces, Criminal Justice System and charities.  Our staff are skilled at engaging with veterans to understand their experience of military service, their lives before they joined the armed forces, and their transition back to civilian life. Project Nova undertakes a needs assessment for each individual and puts in place specialist support from a network of military charities and other organisations. We then keep in touch ensuring that the veterans we support have an ongoing connection, checking in and resolving issues when they occur.

In 2018, we consolidated all of our delivery in the criminal justice system into Project Nova, including our work in prisons with the HMPPS Co-Financing Organisation.

Project Nova works in partnership with organisations who refer veterans to our service:

Project Nova is one of the interventions featured in the Phillips Review: Former Members of the Armed Services and the Criminal Justice System, A Review on Behalf of the Secretary of State for Justice (December 2014).

A Pilot Study of Project Nova, in its first area: Norfolk and Suffolk has been undertaken by Anglia Ruskin University and funded by the Forces in Mind Trust. Download the Report

Project Nova leaflet front cover

Project Nova may be contacted on:
Freephone 0800 917 7299
or by email at [email protected]

Secure criminal justice email address for Police, Probation Service and Liaison and Diversion use only: [email protected]

Project Nova is supported by:

Armed Forces Covenant logo

       European Social Fund logo