Veteran Calm Cafes launch in Madeley
Telford & Wrekin Council’s Calm Cafes for Veterans have proved a huge success since they launched earlier this year with dozens of ex-service men and women visiting sessions every month.
The council has now added a second venue at Jubilee House in Madeley to help provide even more face-to-face support to those who need it.
Veteran Calm Cafes now take place at the following locations each month in the borough:
- Dawley House, 22 Burton Street, Dawley, TF4 2ES on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 2pm until 4pm.
- Jubilee House, 74 High Street, Madeley, TF7 5AH on the third Thursday of each month from 5pm until 7pm.
Led by Telford Mind, the sessions 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 next Calm Café’s in Madeley takes place on Thursday 24 November and Thursday 15 December from 5pm.
- In Dawley the next Calm Café will take place on Monday 28 November at 2pm.
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: “We are delighted that veterans are finding our Calm Cafes useful. With over 10,000 veterans living in the borough 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.”
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 and Madeley Town Council are both members of the borough’s Armed Forces Covenant and have provided the venues 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.