Council's support for armed forces sessions

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Past and present members of our armed forces are being invited to join a new Veterans’ Breakfast club in Daventry.

The sessions will be held at the New Street Café (next to Tesco) on the fourth Wednesday of each month in order to give veterans as well as current service personnel an opportunity to socialise in a relaxed, safe environment.

The sessions will run from 9.30am to midday, starting on Wednesday 24 April, and will operate alongside a support group held by the Royal British Legion to offer advice to people currently serving in the armed forces, veterans and their families.

Daventry District Council is working in partnership with the Royal British Legion, Daventry District Welfare Foundation, and the New Street Café on the scheme.

Chris Ward, of the Daventry Branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “Adjusting to life after serving in the armed forces can be difficult. Many veterans are left feeling isolated, so the aim of the club is to return that sense of belonging and to provide a place for veterans and service personnel to relax and socialise with each other.

“The breakfast club will run alongside our monthly support group, so I look forward to welcoming local members of our armed forces community to the sessions.”

Councillor Alan Hills, Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture and Leisure on Daventry District Council, said: “Daventry District Council is a proud partner of Armed Forces Covenant Northamptonshire, which provides information and advice on support services available within the county for the Armed Forces community and their families.

“As part of that we are always keen to find ways in which we can help support our local armed forces community, so we are very pleased to be working alongside the Royal British Legion, and The New Street Centre on this initiative.”

More information on the support services offered by the Royal British Legion can be found at www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-support or by phoning their contact centre, which is open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm on 0808 802 8080.