Trafford Veterans is a group of armed forces veterans, emergency service personnel and local volunteers, who all live in Trafford, Greater Manchester the group was formed in 2015 after two of the founding members left the armed forces and faced a struggle with the transition from the military back into their respective communities the struggle was with both physical and mental injuries.
They wanted to reach out, share their experiences and provide peer support to other Veterans and members of the community, so that they would not feel alone or suffer like they had.
Many events and activities take place to encourage people to take part and meet new people in their local community.
There are two breakfast clubs, one in Flixton and the other in Altrincham and they have a weekly model making and craft group in Stretford and in January we are taking on a new allotment which is in Sale.
There is also a small golf society which was set up by one of our veterans, and with the help of Trafford Leisure we have been running some free sports sessions at Urmston Leisure Centre. At these events, its encouraged that people to share their skills and hobbies and offer peer support. the group have forged good links with other military charities and community organisations who can provide the correct level of support for other issues if we cannot.
Many brave men and women risk their lives on a daily basis serving in the Armed Forces and emergency services. however, some end up having difficulties when re-integrating into civilian life, when their service life comes to an end and they face many barriers such as finding employment, relationship breakdowns, financial issues and some experience physical or mental health conditions finding and settling into a house and finding schools for children, registering with a Doctor, Dentist, Integrating with members of their community
The Hub idea is to have a building in Trafford which could be used as a one stop shop. The vision is to have a centre which is close to good transport links, so that people can call in for a cup of tea and a chat and we can open on Bank holidays. We can hold outreach drop ins and appointments from there and also link with other organisations working in the community. We are already reducing social isolation The hub could be used for many reasons
· A learning centre for short learning courses
· A place to go for support and advice – community outreach
· Run a community shop / charity shop
· Hold activities for veterans and the local community such as craft groups etc
We have helped where possible and it is hoped that the hub will be a reality very soon.