Birmingham organisations come together to support Service veterans and their families
Service families and veterans who are struggling to adjust to civilian life are invited to a Birmingham Roadshow where they will be able to access a wide range of services to help.
Shoulder to Shoulder, a Birmingham mentoring service run by the volunteering charity TimeBank, has organised the event, which will bring together local organisations which can provide welfare support, mentoring, mental health services, housing advice, training and volunteering opportunities and much more.
The Roadshow will take place on Tuesday March 24 from 11am to 2pm at The Nautical Club, 5 Bishopsgate Street, Birmingham B15 1ET and organisations booked to attend include Combat Stress, Royal British Legion, Birmingham Mind, SIFA Fireside, The Ripple Pond, The Poppy Factory, Help for Heroes and Blind Veterans UK.
Helen Walker, Chief Executive of TimeBank, will also be at the event. She says: “Many ex-service men and women find it hard to adapt to civilian life and for some, this can lead to dependence on alcohol and drugs, homelessness and mental health problems. I’m absolutely delighted that organisations throughout the city have responded so enthusiastically to the idea of coming together to support them.”
Laura Davis, project co-ordinator for TimeBank’s shoulder to Shoulder project, says: “We already run a really successful monthly drop-in for veterans and their families and they told us how helpful it would be to have a wide range of information and advice together under one roof.”
“Shoulder to Shoulder has always provided an informal, friendly setting for relevant organisations to advise veterans on support services available to them in their local area. It’s great to hear that they are organising this city wide event,” says John Baker of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation.
Light refreshments will be available on the day and there are still a few spaces for local support organisations to come along – talk to Laura or Andy for more information on 0121 236 2531.
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• TimeBank is a national volunteering charity, started in 2000. It recruits and trains volunteers to deliver mentoring projects to tackle complex social problems and also works with businesses to engage their staff in volunteering.
• TimeBank believes that great volunteering can transform the lives of both volunteers and beneficiaries by building stronger, happier and more inclusive communities. For more information take a look at www.timebank.org.uk