£150,650 of funding has been secured by three councils to help serving and former Armed Forces personnel in their communities.
The funding will be used to set up a new mobile hub for serving armed forces personnel, veterans and their families.
The hub will go into areas where people may find it difficult to access services and provide specialist help and support, including advice with housing, employment and finance. It will also have information about health and wellbeing and training opportunities.
The hub will also provide an opportunity to meet other members of the armed forces living in the local area.
Chris Traill, Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods and Community Wellbeing at the borough Council said: “We’re very pleased to have secured this funding so that we can continue to work with our armed forces to understand and provide the support they need.This funding will enable us to set up the hub which will travel across the three boroughs to offer support to armed forces personnel and their families.It will also work with organisations such as Age UK and Citizens Advice who can offer advice and information on a range of issues.”
The funding has been granted by the Ministry of Defence as part of its Armed Forces support.
Last year the three councils were awarded £97,000 for a two–year project which aims to help improve understanding of the issues facing military personnel in the area and look at how the councils can support them. The project is also looking at working with other organisations and businesses to encourage them to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant
In 2017 the Charnwood Armed Forces Covenant was awarded Bronze by the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Scheme (ERS). The national scheme encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same.
The Bronze award recognises that Charnwood, Melton and Rushcliffe borough councils have pledged their support to armed forces personnel and their families in Charnwood, by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.
For more information about the Armed Forces Covenant visit: www.charnwood.gov.uk/support_for_the_armed_forces