Veteran Calm Cafes to launch in the New Year
Telford & Wrekin Council is launching a series of Calm Cafes for Veterans living in the borough from January to support ex-service personnel with their mental wellbeing.
The Calm Cafes, which will be led by Telford Mind, will offer a space for veterans to socialise with like-minded people, as well as offering mental health and wellbeing support for those who may require it.
The Calm Cafe for Veterans launch on Monday 10 January 2021 from 2pm to 4pm at Dawley Town Hall. The sessions will take place every 2 weeks on a drop-in basis.
Telford Mind, who are a member of the borough’s Armed Forces Covenant, first launched their community Cafés in January 2020 to offer mental health support to people living in the borough.
Throughout the sessions trained staff, at Telford Mind, will sign post to Service and non-Service charities who will be able to offer additional advice and support to those who attend.
Councillor Chris Turley, Chair of Telford and Wrekin’s Armed Forces Covenant commented: “With over 10,000 veterans living in Telford and Wrekin it is our priority to ensure that they have all of the support and information that they need. The Armed Forces Covenant recognises the value that veterans contribute to our businesses and our country and through initiatives like the Calm Cafes we will ensure our ex-service personnel have access to all of the support they need.”
Louise Heap, Chief Executive from Telford Mind said: "Telford Mind is pleased to announce thelaunch of the Veterans Café. We hope that the Cafe will establish anetwork in which other veterans can share their experiences and access supportand services in a timely manner."
The Café will offer the space to meetand talk to like-minded people with similar day-to-day issues. Our aim is tobring the veteran community together and allow veterans of all ages to getsupport where needed.
Mayor of Great Dawley, Councillor Stefan Heighway added, "To have a 'Calm Cafe' in Dawley Town Annex just for Veterans is something we are very proud of here at Great Dawley. The sole purpose of this community building is to bring services out to residents and vulnerable people in the community, making them more accessible. We have a number of local veterans in the area who have worked in the armed forces and with the area so deep-set in history, this really feels like a unique setting for the group."
This project is funded as a part of the Armed Forces Covenant which has awarded £6,250 to the council under their Strengthening Delivery programme.
Dawley Town Council, who are also members of the borough’s Armed Forces Covenant, have provided the venue for the sessions to take place as a part of their pledge to support those who serve or who have served in the armed forces.
Visit www.telford.gov.uk/armedforces to see what other support is available for the council.
Due to ongoing government restrictions, please check Telford Mind's Facebook page for updates before attending each event: