NAAFI Break Drop-In to be launched in Ellesmere Port

12 June 2017

A military veteran has joined forces with Cheshire West and Chester Council to set up a monthly drop-in for fellow ex-servicemen and women to meet up and share stories over a cup of tea.

The Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI) Break Drop-in, in Ellesmere Port, is open to veterans, Regulars or Reserves, and their dependents, to come together in a relaxed social environment, pull up a sandbag and share similar experiences.

It will also offer front-line help where needed and direct access to support, advice, and guidance on topics like employment, debt, benefits, welfare, mental health difficulties, housing, homelessness, drug and alcohol problems, Welfare Poppy Breaks, health and wellbeing, peer support/advocacy, and anything else that veterans feel they may be struggling with or benefit from.

The NAAFI Break Drop-In will be operated by the Armed Forces Community Support Hub based in Warrington, and is the initiative of military veteran Gavin Jones, Manager and Transitions Lead at the Hub.

The hub is a standalone charity built upon a unique working partnership between Armed Forces charity SSAFA, Citizens Advice Bureau, The Royal British Legion, Defence Medical Welfare Service, Combat Stress, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust (Veterans in Mind), Help for Heroes, Cheshire Police, CGL Pathways to Recovery and various local authorities.

Gavin said:  “This is a fantastic and unique partnership between the Hub and Cheshire West and Chester Council. The NAAFI Break Drop-In aims to reach out further in to the community, providing a friendly and supportive environment, for veterans to come together, meet new people who have similar experiences, engage in some military banter, and also access support, advice and assistance.”

Councillor Brian Jones, Armed Forces Members Champion, from Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “Our Council recognises and admires the commitment and sacrifices that our armed services and their families make on our behalf and we are committed to doing everything possible to support both serving and retired service men and women and their families. With Armed Forces Week commencing nationally on the 19 June we believe that the NAAFI Break Drop-In is a timely way of the Council reinforcing that commitment and providing veterans with the support that they need.” The NAAFI Break Drop-In will be held on the second and fourth Thursday of every month, starting on Thursday 15 June 2017, at Ellesmere Port Library between 11am and 1pm. If you fancy a brew, bit of banter, or some advice and support, then pop along to the NAAFI Break Drop-In.  

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