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Contact Point Available for Veterans

The Veterans’ Contact Point has got the green light to have an information stand at Warwickshire Direct in Shire Hall on a weekly basis every Tuesday. The new group offers a place where veterans can get advice and be offered support.

The county council is giving space and the use of a room at Shire Hall to the Veterans’ Contact Point as part of its commitment to the recently signed Armed Forces Community Covenant,  a partnership between Warwickshire County Council and other local authorities, Warwickshire Police, Health and voluntary and community sector agencies in Warwickshire.

The Veterans’ Contact Point offers a wide range of support and guidance. This includes information where they can obtain social care as well as information and help for childcare services allowing Veterans to focus on a new career. Physical and mental health counselling is also available.

The community covenant contains similar pledges from agencies across Warwickshire to help former service personnel to access services such as housing, social care, health care and education for themselves and their families.

Along with this the Veterans’ Contact Point also offers generic careers advice to all who attend.

Cllr Alan Farnell of Warwickshire County Council spoke about the Veterans’ Contact Point; he said. “We were delighted to offer the Veterans’ Contact Point free accommodation.  When we signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant, it wasn’t just lip service; we are committed to doing whatever we can to help our armed forces and their families.”

Len Hardy, of Warwickshire Veterans Partnership also commented on the new Veterans’ Contact Point, he said.
“There has been an astounding level of support given by Warwickshire County Council, this being shown from the recent parade through to letting us use Shire Hall. The attitude shown by councillors and officers has embraced the spirit of the Covenant. This will make a real difference to how we can help the Veterans.”

The Veteran population in Warwickshire, based on those drawing a services pension, is around 3000 whilst there are two Territorial Army bases in the county. Though in all there are around 5000 Veteran personnel that live in the county.

The Veterans’ Contact Point will be at Shire Hall at Warwickshire County council every Tuesday from 10.00am till 4.00pm.

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