Aged Veterans supported by 165 Port & Maritime Regiment
‘An event to celebrate and support veterans born before 1950’
Veterans born before January 1950, and their families, were invited to the Army Reserve Centre at Bodmin by 165 Port & Maritime Regiment RLC on Saturday 27 January to celebrate and recognise their contribution to HM Services. Help and information was made available for them and their families from the Combined Cornwall & Plymouth Veteran Support which is a partnership of local charities, specifically to support Aged Veterans and their families.
165 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC recognise that Cornwall and Plymouth, not only because of its military heritage, has many Aged Veterans and their families living here. Many of these may have only served for a short time, or were on National Service and as such have not always been aware of the support available to them. The regiment engaged with Combined Cornwall & Plymouth Veterans Support (CCPVS) project to help the veterans and their families to discover the types of help and support available to them.
CCPVS is a partnership of three local charities, Cornwall Rural Community Charity, Active Plus, and Improving Lives Plymouth. All three charities have a proven record of supporting individuals and communities through a range of projects, and because of this were able to secure three year funding from the Military Covenant Fund. The project offers support including; building community confidence through community based courses; helping people to improve their computer skills and how computers can open up new opportunities, such as accessing better deals and keeping in touch with friends and family; accessing more appropriate and affordable utility providers as well as providing support, information and advice to veterans and their families who are carers.
The event was officially opened by Group Captain Mike Trace; Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall and there were speakers sharing what help and support was available. However of most interest were the stories shared by some of the veterans who attended. One veteran shared his story and his interpretation of ‘tea total’ and this seemed to be an interpretation enjoyed by many in the bar area at lunchtime where people were able to enjoy pasties kindly donated by Ginsters.
Over sixty veterans and family members attended, travelling from all over the county as well as representatives from other charities and organisations who can provide additional support to Aged Veterans and their Families. Veterans really enjoyed their day saying; “what a fantastic day, I really enjoyed myself and learned a lot” and “it was great to be on a military base again and to be with so many comrades, I have really missed the camaraderie since I left, but it was here in abundance today, thank you”
Kelvin Yates who manages the project said “It was fantastic seeing so many Aged Veterans and their families here enjoying themselves today. So many live away from their families and friends and are not aware of the help and support that is available to them and to have this opportunity to reach out to them has been wonderful. It has been a great event to launch our project and the support we can offer.”
The day was an overwhelming success for the Army Reserve Centre who were able to facilitate support for Aged Veterans and their families and bring them together with support available in the communities where they live.
For anyone wishing to contact Combined Cornwall & Plymouth Veterans Support, please contact 01872 243534 firstname.lastname@example.org