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Age UK in East Sussex and nationally has a proud and long tradition of working with Veterans, both ex service men and women.
We want Veterans to know we are here to support them. Veterans aged 50 plus make up about 5.5% % (38,000) of local people in East Sussex (MOD Annual Population Survey). The need is great. A telephone survey of older veterans this May confirmed the importance of their military identity to Veterans and that many experience isolation ‘most days’ or ‘always’. We know a large number will have benefited over the years from our information and benefits advice service, our healthy living and friendly lunch clubs, and our cancer, hospital discharge, home support and gardening services.
The recent ‘Joining Forces’ initiative - a 3 year partnership involving joint working with SSAFA and the Armed Forces Covenant Fund also gave Age UK a deeper understanding of the needs of older ex service people.
MOBILISING DURING THE PANDEMIC
This all meant that in the pandemic emergency we were able to mobilise quickly to offer Veterans targeted vital help where it was needed most. An army of volunteers in East Sussex stepped up with us during the first wave of the pandemic and we are calling up many again as we sadly anticipate a second wave of Covid this winter.
What help do we offer Veterans?
- Befriending to combat isolation
- Shopping for those who are shielding
- Picking up vital prescriptions
- Tips about staying healthy
- Benefits advice to ward off financial worries
SSAFA Divisional Secretary in Hastings, Ted Williams said: “ We have in the past worked with Age UK East Sussex to assist our local Veterans and they are able to assist with services that we were not able to offer. Age UK are also able to refer veteran clients to their local SSAFA contacts for further assistance, if required.”
The Veterans Should Not Be Forgotten campaign is funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. It aims to link up different support channels for Veterans to ensure their welfare and quality of life during the pandemic crisis.