Monmouthshire’s Armed Forces Champion, County Councillor John Prosser has highlighted a number of recent initiatives benefiting serving personnel, veterans and their families.

The Royal British Legion, with support from other charities such as SSAFA and Combat Stress, has been awarded Armed Forces Covenant funding to set up a one-stop service to better support the UK’s military veteran community.  The £2m Veterans Gateway programme will help veterans find and access advice and support on a broad range of issues including healthcare and housing.  Further information can be found on the MoD website.

Meanwhile, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant AM launched the Welsh Government’s Housing Referral Pathway in Wrexham on 10th

November.  The Pathway aims to help service personnel and families make an informed choice of accommodation options on return to civilian life.  Visit the Welsh Government’s website to access the Pathway.

Mr Sargeant has also launched the Keep Safe Cymru for Veterans scheme.  Developed in collaboration between South Wales Police and 160 Brigade and Headquarters in Wales the scheme will help those who may need additional support from the emergency services in times of crisis.  Veterans should register their details with the police who would adapt their response appropriately if the need arose.  Further information is available on the South Wales Police website.

The Supporting Service Children in Education Cymru (SSCE Cymru) project continues to go from strength to strength. Having secured a third year of funding from the MoD Education Support Fund digital stories and films have been developed to provide additional training and raise awareness of the challenges faced by service children. Created by Service children through a series of workshops and interviews the digital stories give a unique perspective into the life of Armed Forces children living in Wales. More information about the work of SSCE Cymru can be found here:

http://www.sscecymru.co.uk/home/