A review of the Liverpool City Region’s Armed Forces Covenant was presented at the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority meeting today (28 June).
The Armed Forces Covenant ensures that those who serve or who have served, and their families, are treated fairly.
The Armed Forces Covenant relies on the Government, communities, businesses and individuals to actively support it in order to make a difference. Local authorities are at the heart of this support group.
The six local authorities in the Liverpool City Region – Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral – have all signed the Covenant and includes support around the areas of housing, employment, health and wellbeing as well as adapting into civilian life.
Support in Knowsley is provided through the Knowsley Veteran’s Hub, supported by Everton in the Community and Knowsley Council and funded by The British Legion. They provide a drop-in meeting session at Tower Hill Community Centre in Kirkby every Tuesday from 10am until 12pm, offering information, advice and support as well as helping to reduce social isolation and connect with other veterans who understand the challenges they face.
The Hub aims to engage ex-service personnel who are at risk of isolation with sport, training and social activities. Many ex-service personnel who return home often struggle to readjust and the stress of making the transition from such a structured, highly disciplined lifestyle to civilian life can lead to a myriad of issues.
The programme builds on Everton in the Community’s award-winning ‘Inside Right’ project and offers a range of engagement tools, support mechanisms and evidence-based behavioural change methods to improve the lives of veterans and their families.
Knowsley Veteran’s Hub is led by former veteran Dave Curtis from Everton in the Community. If you’d like to learn more about the Knowsley Veteran’s Hub, call in to Tower Hill Community Centre on Tuesday mornings or contact Dave Curtis on 0151 530 5253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember Saturday, 29 June is Armed Forces Day – a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community – from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. Further information is available here.