Our new 6-month project offering practical and wellbeing support to veterans aged 50+ in Bristol
We are delighted to launch our Veterans Should not Be Forgotten project aimed at reaching out to older veterans in Bristol, and ensure our organisation is meeting their needs.
"As both a volunteer trustee of Age UK Bristol and also a veteran of a 10-year career in the armed forces myself, I understand the circumstances that can lead to older people requiring some additional support to meet their specific needs of being a veteran in the community today.
The Veterans Should Not be Forgotten programme will ensure older veterans seeking assistance on a range of issues will be supported and helped by people who understand their needs and the way their experiences may have impacted upon their lives. This is a great way to fulfil the national pledge, known as The Armed Forces Covenant, to ensure all veterans and their dependants are treated fairly”
- Ashley Jones MBE - Age UK Bristol Trustee
Listen to Ben Sansum, our Information and Advice Manager, talk about the new project with Emma Britton on BBC Radio Bristol:
Specialist advice for older veterans on housing, social care, and money & allowance - making day-to-day life easier to manage. Veterans will also be able to access practical support during the current pandemic such as prescription collections, online shopping, accessing official guidance, and more.
Veterans will be offered services from Age UK Bristol to stay active, occupied and connected with others. This includes telephone chat groups, befriending services, and plenty of online and printable resources.
The project will be run jointly by Age UK Bristol’s Information and Advice Service and the Linkage Community Services team. During the current circumstances, our services are being delivered safely either over the phone, online or from a suitable distance.
Help us spread the word
Due to the short-term nature of the funding it is essential that we raise awareness of this project so that we can reach and support as many older veterans as possible during this time. Do you know someone who might benefit from this service? Can you help spread the word and encourage people to get in touch?
Share our post on social media, download a copy of our flyer (link below) to send to someone, or let them know by word of mouth!
To find out more about the new veteran’s project or to get in touch, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0117 929 7537.
With thanks to our funders: The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust