Richmondshire District Council

North yorkshire’s older veterans receive £1million

North Yorkshire is set to receive £1 million in funding for veterans over the age of 65.

The funding - which comes from the Chancellor using LIBOR funds - has been awarded to a portfolio of organisations led by Community First Yorkshire (formerly Rural Action Yorkshire). It is part of the Aged Veterans Fund operating across the United Kingdom.

The successful award means a three year service will be established countywide to provide additional health, wellbeing and social care support to ex-forces personnel born before 1950 and also to those who completed National Service. This will mean greater help for surviving WW2 veterans, but will also encompass those who have served in conflicts since then - such as the Falklands, Northern Ireland and the Gulf War.

A wide range of support will be made available in North Yorkshire and York, delivered by a consortium of charities and organisations dedicated to improving the lives of older veterans, including Richmondshire District Council.

Tony Clark, Chief Executive of Richmondshire District Council, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to work with our partners to raise the profile of older veterans. We will be offering a year long programme as part of the project, ‘Healthy Horizons’, an accessible programme to support long term lifestyle changes.

“The programme will form an integral part of the local weight management and mental health care pathways. This project has two elements, one to improve physical health and nutrition, the other to improve mental health. Veterans can access the programme via self-referral, via NHS Health Check or a referral made by a health professional.

“By building local networks we will support older veterans to identify and achieve their goals, whether that’s making their home warmer, learning to email family abroad, or getting out and about more often.”

The project should be up and running in the Autumn this year – for more details contact Chloe Lewis or Jo-Anne Simpson at Richmondshire District Council on 01748 829100.

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