Great news for Veterans

Published: Fri 14 January, 2022

* Shared on behalf of Loughborough Wellbeing Centre

Loughborough Wellbeing Centre have successfully bid for £60,000 from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to support veteran’s mental wellbeing across Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland.

The funding will be used to set up a veteran wellbeing hub based at the Loughborough Wellbeing Centre at Asha House, Woodgate, Loughborough with satellite hubs in Oakham and Lutterworth. The project is for two years and will provide a safe space for veterans to come and receive advice, information as well as a range of structured activities.

The Wellbeing Centre recently demonstrated its commitment to the Armed Forces by signing the Armed Forces Covenant and committing to supporting military personnel past and present.

Chief Executive of Loughborough Wellbeing Centre and Veteran, Helen Carter said: “We are delighted to receive this funding which means we can now have a dedicated hub once a week in Loughborough and monthly in Oakham and Lutterworth supporting our veterans.

“The money will be used to provide a specialist hub leader and sessional workers who will deliver activities, support and signposting to veterans”

The Veterans Wellbeing Hub has been developed after a recent survey across the region identified a need for a dedicated hub.

Nicky Morgan, The Chair of the Trustees for Loughborough Wellbeing Centre said: “This is fantastic news for veterans.  We know many veterans experience poor mental health after leaving the service and miss having the opportunity to meet and talk with other veterans. 

“We feel the hub will complement the local Breakfast Clubs as it is aimed at veterans who need more support, advice, and signposting.  We also plan to have partners from the military charity sector and other local agencies attend the hubs to provide veterans with specialist advice and information”.

The Loughborough Veterans Hub is due to open on 25th March 2022 with a launch event.

We would be keen to hear from any veterans who would like to join our working group and help us set up the hub or anyone who has an interest and understanding of veterans need and would like to volunteer at the hub for a few hours a week. Please contact Helen Carter at helencarter@loughboroughwellbeing.com

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