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Veterans welcome latest grant funding success

Published on Thursday, 14th June 2018

Local veteran organisations have welcomed the Council’s latest grant funding success and spoken of the difference it will make to their members.

The recent grant of £146,000 from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund will lead to the development and expansion of a number of Veterans Hubs together with the recruitment of a Hub Support Worker.

Len Hardy from the Veterans Contact Point (VCP) said:

“This is great news for all those associated with the VCP, the Armed Forces Covenant was set up in 2011 to help make it fairer for the Armed Forces Community access services, the funding will be used by us to continue to support local veterans and their families across the area. We’ve been working really closely with NBBC and this funding will help us employ a worker for two years to support and develop hubs across Nuneaton, Bedworth and North Warwickshire”.

Om Gurung from the Local British Gurkha Veteran Association (BGVA) said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to have secured this investment for the community, the funding will go a long way in developing services for the local veterans, many of whom have served or have love ones currently serving in the British Military. Over the next two years as part of this project we are will be working with a range of partners to really support Gurkha veterans”.

Nuneaton & Bedworth and North Warwickshire is home to over 20,000 veterans many of families who have loved ones who are serving or have served in the Armed forces. With almost 50% of Warwickshire’s Armed Forces, veterans and their families located in the north of the county, the council recognises the importance of ensuring theirs needs are understood.

NBBC worked in partnership with North Warwickshire Borough Council, VCP and the BGVA to secure the grant, which covers a two year period. The project has four main areas of focus;

  • develop and enhance Community Hubs in North Warwickshire
  • enhance the provision of services offered by the Veterans Contact Point in Nuneaton and Bedworth and North Warwickshire
  • facilitate the creation of a hub to support Gurkha veterans across Nuneaton and Bedworth
  • recruit a support worker to coordinate new and existing hubs

This initiative will help to further embed the Armed Forces Covenant with partners and provide a wide ranging support network that will better assist Veterans in Nuneaton and Bedworth and North Warwickshire. 

Councillor Barry Longden, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Health and Communities said:

“This is fantastic news – the funding will make a real difference to the support we are able to offer local veterans. As a Council and Borough we have a long and proud tradition of working with our armed forces community, both serving and veterans, and are constantly seeking ways to improve their access to services. I am delighted that the hard work of our Communities Team has resulted in a successful funding application.”

 Councillor Margaret Bell – Chair of Community and Environment Board, North Warwickshire Borough Council said,

 “This funding is a great result for the Armed Forces Community in the North of the County.  We have a set plan on how we can work with veterans and partners to make the Veterans Hubs a real success.  We have secured a shop to use as a signposting and support drop in to include armed forces and we have worked with a local veteran who is running therapeutic workshops.  Our approach will also focus on how we can better develop the services that we already have in place to engage with Armed Forces taking into account that social isolation is a key issue in North Warwickshire and we feel the funding will enable us to better support the armed forces community in venues closer to them”