Richmondshire District Council

New support service for armed forces veterans

A new support service aimed at former members of the armed forces has been launched.

Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire - which is targeted at the over 65s - will raise awareness of the issues older veterans face in later life and retirement, and offer practical and customised support to enable them to lead fuller lives.

Support could include home visits to look at improvements around the house, healthy lifestyle courses, opportunities to take part in trips and new activities, befriending and volunteering, and help and advice for carers and families.

The work is backed by a consortium of 14 charities and organisations and will contribute to the support offered by service charities by focusing on alleviating loneliness and isolation.

Any veteran over the age of 65 is eligible, as well as anyone who completed National Service conscription or supported the armed forces through a role in the Merchant Navy. The three year project will cover North Yorkshire and York and is funded by the Aged Veterans Fund.

Leah Swain, Chief Executive of Community First Yorkshire, the charity leading the consortium, said: “This concentrated support for our older veterans will ensure they receive the care, value and recognition they deserve.

“We are working across sectors to bring this new service to North Yorkshire and we are passionate about helping our older ex-forces community to identify and achieve their goals.”

Richmondshire District Council Leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock, said the council was pleased to see the support service launched.  “We hope to see many of our veterans take advantage of this new service,” he said.  “We will be offering support to both them and Community First Yorkshire to make sure this happens.”

The service accepts self-referrals as well as those from friends/family and professionals. A referral can be made by contacting 01904 704177 or  

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