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Shropshire Council secures more than £45,000 funding to support Armed Forces commitment

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Shropshire Council has secured funding totalling £45,465 to protect its countywide Armed Forces Outreach project for the next 18 months.

Successful bids were made to the Royal British Legion, the Veterans Foundation, and the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital Veterans Hub, and will support the work of the Armed Forces Community Outreach Project and the recruitment of a part-time support officer.

The outreach project offers Shropshire-based veterans, serving personnel and their families, along with members who are receiving hospital care in the county, support with finding housing, education and employment, dealing with financial issues, overcoming substance abuse, improving their mental and physical health, and dealing with many other issues.

People at Armed Forces Outreach

Armed Forces Outreach

Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for communities, culture, leisure and tourism, and transport, welcomed the funding.

She said:-

“A great deal of hard work by Shropshire Council’s culture, leisure and tourism team went into securing funds from these three sources. This success means this vital project is secured for another 18 months and allows the Armed Forces Outreach Project time to plan for the future.”

Councillor Kirstie Hurst Knight, Shropshire Council’s Armed Forces Covenant champion, added:-

“After being in the Armed Forces for many years, adjusting to civilian life can be a real challenge for many.

“The outreach project is a lifeline where current and former service personnel and their families can meet up with others who have shared experiences in a safe environment, where professionals are also on hand to help them access appropriate mental and physical health care, offer support in finding employment and housing and assistance with many other issues.

“It is a valuable service and I am very grateful to the Royal British Legion, the Veterans Foundation  and the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital Veterans Hub for their help in safeguarding  its role for another 18 months.”

To find out more about the outreach project contact Sarah Kerr, Shropshire Council’s Armed Forces Outreach Support Co-ordinator: email sarah.kerr@shropshire.gov.uk  or call 07990 085656 / 01743 255931

Click here to understand more about Shropshire Council’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant.

To find out more about the Veterans Foundation, click here .