A respite centre for veterans with mental health issues will be returning to the county after a major campaign.
Set up by those who used the services themselves, those with military backgrounds will be able to take short breaks at Combat Stress Audley Court in Newport under the new plans.
The decision was made after a meeting between Combat Stress and bosses from the Veterans’ Respite Centre, which was formed out of a protest group trying to fight cuts at the mental health charity.
The new services will be based in D Wing of Audley Court, and will give veterans somewhere to go when feeling stressed or when struggling with issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
The wing is expected to be available Monday to Friday and will offer a safe space for veterans to visit, along with food, television and facilities for overnight stay.
The veterans will initially be able to run their respite centre for three months.
Pete Neale, who started the Save Audley Court Facebook group and is heading the Veterans’ Respite Centre, said it was now a matter of funding.
“I know it’s been a long time but let’s hope that all the hard work pays off,” he said.
“It’s amazing news that Combat Stress has agreed to the Veteran’s Respite Centre.