A brand new veterans centre has been opened in Worcester by the Worcester City Veterans Champion, Councillor Chris Mitchell . It was officially launched on Remembrance Sunday, 12th November 2017 at the ASPIE centre on Sansome Walk.
The new centre will be a hub for assisting veterans in the Worcestershire and Herefordshire area and will be host to Combat Stress courses as well as the Royal British Legion, Help For Heroes and Blind Veterans UK who are all talking to the centre managers about using the facilities.
The centre also offers a drop-in service where veterans can stop in for free coffee and tea, cake & biscuits and a good chat. It is also supported by the local SSAFA office who advise the staff and provide further support if needed. In addition to the professional charities involved in the Tommy Atkins Centre, they also boast their own psychotherapist/ counsillor who can provide rapid assistance to veterans in crisis. The centre has been created by the Sandbag Times Veterans Magazine and ASPIE who provide assistance and advice for adults with Aspergers. There are also plans to work with the Worcester Probation service and the Prison In-Reach team to help veterans in the criminal justice system.
Councillor Mitchell, a magistrate and veteran himself, praised the efforts of all concerned in the creation, saying that this is a very exciting, brand new kind of centre to help those who have served in our Armed Forces with rapid and realistic support.
After the opening, a fund raising event was held at the Chestnut Tree public house where a charity auction took place to raise funds for the centre. Among the items in the auction was three Pink Floyd albums donated and signed by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, a collection of military art supplied by Black Halo Designs, Military Artist Clare Villar and Tommy Atkins Patron, War Poppy Collection Artist, Jacqueline Hurley. The auction raised £2720.
To contact the centre, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Jane on 07731 729259.
Photo: Darren Forster, tabCH community hub