Royal British Legion reaches out to people in services
AN INNOVATIVE scheme to help care for the thousands of veterans and servicemen in Swindon by making welfare services more accessible to the armed forces has been launched.
New venues across the borough have opened to create a Royal British Legion presence in various locations. The project is being run in partnership by the legion and Swindon Council.
It is part of nationwide changes recently undertaken by the legion to make its services more accessible to the armed forces, past and present, and their families, across the UK.
An ex-serviceman, who asked not to be named, started using the service last week. He spent 11 months working for the Royal Logistics Corps and said when he returned from Frankfurt he suffered from post traumatic stress.
“I had in the past tried to get treatment, but to no avail. Hopefully now this service has opened it will be easier.
“People do need to change their views of people in the armed forces; they think they are this or that, which is just not right. “ He said when he turned up at one of the walk-in centres his needs were assessed and and he was given advice.
“It was a good experience. More people should use it as then its publicity will grow and the help it can offer will as well.”
Alistair Maxwell, the Royal British Legion area manager for Somerset/ Wiltshire, said: “The Legion is a national organisation but with a footprint in the local community across Somerset/Wiltshire.
This latest partnership with Swindon Council shows our commitment to making our welfare services as accessible as possible to our beneficiaries across the region.
“The profile and needs of our beneficiaries are changing and access points such as this, together with our website and national helpline number, make it easier than ever before to contact the Legion to ask for help.”
The newly identified venues are part of a number of planned outreach locations across Wiltshire, which will offer a knowledgeable and dedicated support worker as a face-to-face point of contact for those in need of help and advice from the Legion.
The new locations include: Wat Tyler House One Stop Shop on Tuesdays, 9.30am to 4.30pm, and Wednesdays, 1pm to 4.30pm; North Swindon Library, Monday, October 14 and 28, 10.45am to 1pm; Royal Wootton Bassett, Monday, October 21, 1pm to 3pm; St Peter’s Church hall, Penhill, Wednesdays 9.15am to 11.00am; Central Library, Swindon, Thursdays 10am to 4pm; West Swindon Library, Friday, November 1, December 13; Park Library, Friday, October 11, November 8 and December 20.
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