Our new service – Supporting Our Armed Forces – is doing well and we are reaching out to an increasing number of organisations in order to pool our resources to reach those veterans and armed forces personnel who need our support.
One such organisation is the Veterans’ Outreach Support (VOS). Founded in July 2008 after a Falklands pilgrimage, VOS began as an informal volunteer support group based in the Portsmouth. The founding members, themselves Falklands veterans and family members, wanted to create a welcoming environment for service veterans where they could access a range of support services. Now a registered charity, VOS has grown in expertise, capability and capacity and is funded by a number of generous national military charities to deliver its invaluable service to veterans and their families across Hampshire and beyond.
Today the monthly VOS Drop-In provides a welcoming and relaxed place where UK veterans and family members can come for confidential welfare advocacy or psychological support, or simply to meet socially. It is a unique meld of public, private and charity sectors offering one-stop assistance including legal, housing, financial, employment, spiritual, alcohol and mental health support.
Mesothelioma UK is joining the list of agencies offering our support to those attending the drop-in session and we hope to reach many veterans in order to raise awareness of mesothelioma and the help that’s available.
We are also attending some Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club meetings around the country.
Our private Facebook group is available for members to chat and share experiences. We also post relevant news and information on there.