A one-stop-shop website has been created to help Army veterans from Nottingham to access support services.
The link from the main Nottingham City Council site provides advice on a range of areas, including housing, employment, education or health concerns. It comes ahead of national Armed Forces Day on Saturday.
Nottingham has a proud history of support for the Armed Forces and the local men and women who have served their country.
In recent years, the city has hosted a national Armed Forces Day event and, along with Nottinghamshire County Council, the authority became one of the first to sign an Armed Forces Covenant pledging practical help for military communities.
This week, the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Dave Trimble, and Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Eunice Campbell-Clark, joined a flag-raising ceremony at County Hall to mark Armed Forces Day.
Nottingham’s Council House will also be lit up in red, white and blue on Saturday.
As well as the offer of council support, the website also signposts veterans to other organisations which can offer help and advice. These include:
- Veterans’ Gateway: A consortium of organisations and Armed Forces charities, including The Royal British Legion, SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, Poppy Scotland, Combat Stress and Connect Assist
- The Royal British Legion: Helps members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, Reservists, veterans and their families all year round
- Forces In The Community: Nottingham-based charity committed to supporting ex-service personnel through employment guidance, housing advice, mental health support and provides a supportive environment in which to develop.
Councillor Campbell-Clark, Armed Forces Champion at Nottingham City Council, said: “Armed Forces Day provides the perfect opportunity for us to take a moment to acknowledge their dedication and commitment.
“We remember the sacrifices they have made over many generations, and will continue to make up to the present day. We understand the impact this has on themselves, their families, loved ones and friends.
“We hope that by bringing support services together on a single page on the Council’s website, we can make it as simple as possible to access a host of local support services for veterans.”
More information on the Armed Forces Community Covenant and its impact can be found here.