Stoll - Housing and Helping Veterans

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Sir Oswald Stoll’s legacy spans both the worlds of Theatre and Philanthropy. A shrewd businessman, Sir Oswald had shown a keen interest in economics at school. After some tough early years, Stoll joined with Moss and Thornton to create Moss Empires in 1900, eventually opening 28 “Empires” up and down the country. These included the iconic London Hippodrome and Coliseum, which staged the first Royal Variety Shows in 1912.

When British troops were returning home from WWI with physical and mental injury, Sir Oswald was at the forefront of the debate of how best to support returning wounded Veterans. Using his standing and contacts, Sir Oswald set about establishing the War Seal Foundation, which provided a place to call home and vital support for injured Veterans and their families.

He was knighted for his philanthropic efforts in the same year and the War Seal Foundation was renamed the Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation in his honour. The Fulham mansions is the original site that Sir Oswald donated to begin housing Veterans in 1916 and remains today.

Today, Stoll continues to be at the forefront of housing and support for vulnerable ex-Servicemen and women. Some Veterans struggle to adapt to civilian life when they leave the Armed Forces. Stoll support the most vulnerable Veterans by assessing an individual’s needs and then arranging appropriate support.

This can include a new affordable home to rent, developing people’s skills to enable a Veteran to get a job and supporting people’s health needs. Once a Veteran is living independently, on firm foundations, they support them as they move on from Stoll and always encourage this where possible.

A home with Stoll

Stoll provide over 250 affordable homes for vulnerable Veterans to rent. They currently operate four schemes in West London and are building 34 new homes in the garrison town of Aldershot. Find out more…

Veterans’ Nomination Scheme

Stoll arrange accommodation for people leaving the Armed Forces and Veterans. They work with housing associations and local authorities across the country to find appropriate accommodation, mainly for single Veterans. They have arranged a home for over 404 Veterans in this way. Find out more…

London Transition Outreach Service

Stoll outreach staff work with Service Leavers and Veterans in London, including those who are wounded, injured or sick, to address their specific needs. Different Veterans may need different support and Stoll’s advice and support are tailored to meet people’s individual requirements. This can include help to find a home to rent or a washing machine or cooker for your kitchen. The outreach team also provide benefits advice and work with people who have mental health needs, drug and alcohol addictions and other needs. Find out more…

Veterans’ Drop-In

Every month Stoll host the Veterans’ Drop – In which provides an opportunity for people, especially Service Leavers, to discuss issues with other Veterans and a wide range of Veterans’ agencies. Find out more…

Meeting people’s health needs

Stoll work in partnership with leading providers of drug and alcohol, and mental health services to the Veterans community, and they can provide access to these and a wide range of other support services. Find out more…

Skills and training

Stoll’s skills development programmes include English language, CV writing and IT classes to help people build their skills and return to work. Find out more…

Finding work

Stoll offer bespoke employment advice to help people get a civilian job, volunteer role or further training. Find out more…

Independent Living Service

Stoll also offer tailored support to enable people to live independently. Around sixty of their residents use a daily Independent Living Service. Find out more…

Support and wellbeing

A comprehensive range of activities and social events is available for residents from tai chi to archery club, from dinners and dances to darts night. Find out more…

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