Sunday marks Remembrance Day 2018 and Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire invite you to remember and honour not only those who lost their lives, but also our past members of the Armed Forces who are alive and well today.
Remembrance Sunday will be particularly significant this year, marking the 100th anniversary of WW1, so join Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire to make this even more special by helping us to support as many ex-service men and women as we can.
Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire raises awareness of the issues older former members of the Armed Forces face in later life and retirement and offers practical and customised support to veterans to enable them to lead fuller lives in the way they would prefer.
Examples include practical and financial support, opportunities for socialising and getting out and about, help at home to remain independent, warm and safe and support for carers. This could include: help to save money by switching energy suppliers, help with gardening and trips to areas of local interest with people who have been through similar experiences.
The support offered is completely free thanks to funding by the Aged Veterans Fund at the Ministry of Defence by the Chancellor using LIBOR fines. It is available to past members of any branch of the Armed Forces or those who completed National Service and are 65 or over and live in North Yorkshire.
Heather McCrorie, Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire Project Manager, said: “We are working with 25 partners to ensure that our older ex-service men and women receive the care, recognition and support they require and deserve.
“We are all passionate about offering the little tweaks to former members of the Armed Forces lives, which could make all the difference to their wellbeing and outlook and to help them identify and achieve their goals.”
Alan Croft, from Starbeck, said: “I’ve really enjoyed having a friendly face come to my house, just to see me. I was well matched up with my volunteer visitor and he’s been a very interesting chap to talk to. We shared a sense of humour and it’s been nice to go out on trips with a friendly face.
“I love painting watercolours and am a member of the University of the Third Age so I will continue to get out and about to meet people and be part of my community.”
If you or someone you know would like support, please contact 01904 704 177. The project is also encouraging people to get in touch if they are interested in telling their story, so that they can be forever remembered.
Heather McCrorie, Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire Project Manager, Community First Yorkshire – 01904 704 177
Jo Fox, Marketing and Communications Officer, Community First Yorkshire – 01904 704 177
Alan Croft is a former RAF electrician who received support from the volunteer visitor service offered by the project in the Harrogate District, through Saint Michael’s Hospice, who visited Alan for 12 weeks.
Aged Veterans Fund / Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire
The Aged Veterans Fund has awarded £22.7 million of LIBOR funding to ten charities to improve support and introduce new services for older veterans.
The money will help organisations across the country to continue the invaluable work they do to support older veterans, which includes providing access to health care and carers, support with using the internet, and offering general advice.
The ten charities to receive the awards are Age UK, Poppyscotland, The Royal British Legion, the British Nuclear Test Veterans Association, Cornwall Rural Community Charity, Community First Yorkshire (formerly Rural Action Yorkshire), St Johns and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service, Age Cymru, Seafarers UK, and Hospice UK.
The Aged Veterans Fund which was set up in 2015, had a total of £30 million of LIBOR funds available to support older veterans. It is designed to support non-core health, wellbeing, and social care needs for older veterans (born before 1 January 1950), including surviving Second World War veterans, those who undertook National Service, and other voluntary enlisted veterans who may need some focused support in relation to their health and social care needs.
This final round of awards comes after the Aged Veterans Fund initially granted £6.6 million to eight organisations in 2016.
‘Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire,’ the project led by Community First Yorkshire, will raise awareness of former and older members of the armed forces in our region and offer practical, financial and targeted support. The aim of this support is to enable veterans to lead fuller lives in the way they would like and respond to their needs and issues.
The service accepts self-referrals as well as those from friends/family and professionals. A referral can be made by contacting 01904 704177 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community First Yorkshire
Community First Yorkshire was created by the merger of North Yorkshire & York Forum and Rural Action Yorkshire in April 2017. Between them, these two organisations have over 80 years’ worth experience of supporting communities and the voluntary sector.
The newly-formed organisation provides practical support to voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises, with the overall aim of helping groups and charities to achieve their goals and better support their service users.
Community First Yorkshire will continue Rural Action Yorkshire’s previous work as a Rural Community Council for North, South and West Yorkshire under the umbrella of ACRE. It will continue to promote rural communities and to enhance the quality of life for people.
By securing funding, Community First Yorkshire will work on community development projects across North, South and West Yorkshire that enrich communities and the people who live and work in them.