Wales Veterans Team Now In Place
Our first Wales Home for Veterans is due to open in Pontypridd this Spring. Our plans to develop the new homes are on track, and we are delighted to announce that we have a fantastic team in place ready for launch. Coming on board the project are Steve Cook, who will be Team Leader of the Pontypridd home, and Lee Kendrick who will be our Corporate and Community Fundraiser.
The creation of these new homes has been made possible thanks to the £976,269 that our Wales Homes for Veterans was awarded by the Armed Forces Covenant (Libor) fund in November last year. Under the new initiative we will open homes in three defined areas; Pontypridd and Cardiff, Carmarthen and Swansea, and Wrexham. In total, there will be 72 bed spaces available to veterans within fifteen separate houses. We plan to have all fifteen homes in operation by the end of 2014.
It is estimated that there are around 220,000 veterans in Wales, and the Wales Homes for Veterans project has been planned in direct response to demand from the Armed Forces Community in Wales and the organisations that support them. The project will benefit both male and female veterans from all three services; Army, Royal Navy and RAF. We will be working in partnership with the Poppy Factory within the Wales Homes for Veterans to develop a dedicated employability service, which will benefit veterans who are furthest from the employability market, due to physical disabilities or mental health conditions which have resulted from service.
“The Armed Forces is an integral part of Welsh Society, with several thousand military personnel stationed across the country and there is a real need for development of these homes in Wales. We are delighted to have Steve and Lee as part of our Home for Veterans team, and look forward to the April launch in Pontypridd”
Andrew Lord, Chief Executive of Alabaré