In Dec 2021 we were delighted to launch our new military veteran’s project. Thanks to funding from the Veterans Foundation and the support of Veterans In The Community we are able to offer a monthly breakfast club and weekly social/football event, free of charge for all military veterans in our area.
Veterans Foundation founder, Major General David Shaw describes what they do: “The Veterans’ Foundation has been set up to help fund charities and other charitable organisations that are helping serving and former members of the Armed Forces, and their dependants, who are in need.”
“The Veterans’ Foundation raises its money through the Veterans’ Lottery and donations. Since inception in July 2016, it has given over £11 million through over 600 grants to over 300 unique organisations, many of them small to medium-sized and very worthwhile charities, which are helping members of the Armed Forces community who are in need. Forecasts indicate the Veterans’ Foundation will make grants totalling £4.4 million this financial year. The charities and other organisations we have helped include those tackling the challenges of mental and physical injuries, homelessness, unemployment, children’s loss of parents while serving and remembrance. We encourage you to spread the word.”
“We are grateful for the public’s support of the Veterans’ Foundation and its Veterans’ Lottery, and we encourage you to spread the word.”
The funding has allowed us to offer these activities completely free of charge and we encourage all military veterans and serving personnel to come and get involved.
We are looking to add further activities as the project develops so watch this space! To help us develop this programme we are also looking for a local veteran’s champion. This person will help us promote the project and attend sessions as much as possible. We will cover the cost of all reasonable expenses to make this possible.
Project lead at Stanley Trust Lee Walsh explains ‘‘we have been working hard over the last few months to develop a breakfast club in the town that local military veterans can attend, have a free breakfast and speak to likeminded people, from this it’s been mentioned that younger veterans who still work would like and evening session they can attend around traditional working hours, Wednesday evenings at Stanley Sports Hub will now be an opportunity for veterans to socialize and have a kick about. ‘’
To give us an idea of numbers attending we would appreciate any interested people to fill out the form below.