”Veterans helping veterans”- providing comradeship and support in a safe environment.
That’s the motto of the new Calderdale Armed Forces Veterans Network which meets weekly in the Victoria Theatre in Halifax.
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is part of this initiative to create a weekly support group for serving and ex-service personnel and their families. Three people from the Trust set the group up when they noticed a gap in the support provided in Calderdale and the North for armed forces personnel and veterans.
The network will provide a place where serving army personnel and veterans of all ages, including their families, can meet in a non-clinical setting. Information, signposting, support and advice on a wide range of mental health and social issues unique to armed forces personnel will be offered at a one-stop-shop, alongside opportunities to socialise. The network is run by healthcare professionals who have served in the forces, who understand military mentality and who share many of their experiences.
The network is being funded by two Trust programmes designed to back initiatives which traditionally might not receive NHS funding: Creative Mind and the Trust Charitable Funds, both of which provide resources for services not normally paid for by the NHS.
Rob Webster, chief executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: “This new network will provide welcome support to our armed forces personnel and veterans.”
“We are bringing organisations together to make sure that our armed forces personnel are supported in dealing with any problems or issues they may face, and helping them to meet like-minded people who can share experiences and support.”
“This network is led by veterans so they understand what it is like to leave the forces and adjust back to civilian life. I am pleased that we are able to give something back and help our armed forces veterans in this way.”
The network meets every Wednesday in the Victoria Theatre in Halifax between 1pm and 3pm. Refreshments are provided and the whole family is invited. Those interested in the group can also call 07464 496490 for more information. Media enquiries should be made to Paul Cartwright on 07584 331765 or email firstname.lastname@example.org