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Veterans Project Launches

Published on 01 June 2022 09:04 AM

Earlier in the year Age UK Plymouth were awarded funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust for Armed Forces Veterans, aged over 50 or living with a disability in the city of Plymouth. After appointing Michael Truelove, a former Royal Marine Commando with over 25 years service, as project lead Age UK Plymouth started to deliver a number of events for Armed Forces Veterans across the city.

The projects have been made possible with funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust

An instant hit, Sticky Bun Morning held at Age UK Plymouth’s HQ in Mount Gould every Tuesday has become a mainstay of the weekly calendar at the centre. With an enviable selection of pastries, a steady stream of tea and coffee and a regular crew chatting and socialising, the organisation have been delighted by the engagement and new “recruits” continue to join every week.

Michael also established the Veterans Brunch Club held across two Age UK Plymouth Centres on various days throughout the month (full details below). A full English with tea, coffee and toast for just £5 is the perfect weekend treat with just the same opportunities for connecting with and enjoying the company of fellow veterans.

The walking football team meet weekly at Brickfields Sports Centre

After all that good grub, the Veteran’s Walking Football Team is a welcome bit of exercise! Meeting each Monday at Brickfields Sports Centre the team are on the look out for new players, facilities are available to play both indoors and out so the beautiful game faces no threat from the not always so beautiful weather.

Michael Truelove, Armed Forces Veterans Project Lead said, “We’d like to thank the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust for their funding of this project. It’s wonderful to be able to provide a space and a service for Veterans to come along, drag up a sandbag and swing the Lantern on some incredible experiences while serving and have some banter. No matter whether it was Navy, Army or RAF, we all have one thing in common… We are all veterans.”

Age UK Plymouth have been able to provide a transport link to The Eden Project's Veterans Space to Grow Programme.

Whilst attendance has continued to grow so has the ideas for the project, with suggestions coming in from the group and plans including day trips including walks, pub lunches, visits to places of interest decided with the group and an ambition to take a longer trip to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

From Wednesday 1st June the Age UK Plymouth Team will be facilitating a free weekly shuttle service to take Plymouth Veterans to The Eden Project to take part in their Space To Grow Programme; a 12 week series supported by The Veterans’ Foundation to encourage managing mental health and wellbeing through practical horticultural skills. Over the course of the programme veterans are invited to join a small group of like-minded people in a safe and secure garden situated in the grounds of the Eden Project.

  • Veterans Brunch Club

    Hosted at both Mount Gould and Plymstock a traditional breakfast including tea, coffee, toast and good company.

Any veterans over the aged of 50 or living with a disability in the City of Plymouth is welcome to join the group, for more information email