Joining Forces is a project which works with older veterans across Cheshire East to build their resilience, manage their health and improve their independence
Were you born before 1 January 1950 and have served in HM armed forces (including national service) in any capacity? Then Joining Forces may be for you ?
What is Joining Forces?
Joining Forces is a Ministry of Defence supported project to support the quality of life and wellbeing of veterans born before 1 January 1950 (includes anyone who has completed at least 1 day of military service) and their family and carers.
Age UK Cheshire East is officially partnering with the local branch of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, and joining with other veteran organisations and local services to improve the lives of ex-service personnel, and to identify and engage with those hidden from services and support.
Through the project, Age UK Cheshire East hopes to join together the different sources of support available to older veterans, and support armed forces veterans / ex-service personnel with:
- Reducing feelings of social isolation.
- Linking into local groups / activities.
- Accessing information on financial management.
- Managing long term health conditions.
What does Joining Forces offer?
Age UK Cheshire East are partnering with other ex-service organisations and local services to support older veterans. We can:
- Provide 1:1 guided support.
- Provide information and advice.
- Signpost and refer to other services.
In order to maintain health and wellbeing, reduce feelings of isolation, help with financial management, explore aids and modifications around the home.
If you are an aged veteran, or the family or carer of one, you can have priority access to our free information and advice service. All you need to do is tell our team when you make contact that you are a veteran - they will do the rest and point you in the direction of our Joining Forces team. We also have a dedicated email address to enable you to get straight to the team by emailing email@example.com
Joining Forces is an Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust supported programme where Age UK in partnership with SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity, is delivering a three year programme to support older veterans, their families and carers. The project has been hugely successful and to date over 50,000 Veterans and 34,000 Family and Carers have been supported nationwide.
We are now approaching the end of that three year period, so we wanted to let you know that while the Joining Forces programme will not continue in its current format beyond April 2020, Age UK Cheshire East will ensure that Veterans will continue to be supported through our Information & Advice service, which is available Monday - Friday, 10am to 4pm
This project is financed from The Aged Veterans Fund funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds until April 2020 and is being run across a number of local Age UK’s throughout the UK, with slightly different projects in each area.
Interesting in knowing more about Joining Forces ?
To find out more or talk to our Joining Forces team, please contact us between 10:00am and 4:00pm, Monday to Friday.
The Veterans Wellbeing Co-Ordinator talks all about the project and how you can get involved