More help for veterans in Thurrock

A DROP-IN meeting for veterans, serving personnel and their families will be held on Tuesday, July 15 at The Beehive in Grays.

The event between 10am and 12.30pm at the West Street centre will see several Thurrock Council and veteran support organisations available to speak to visitors about any concerns they may have.

In particular organisers want to hear about people’s experiences of accessing support in Thurrock.

After the drop-in, organisations taking part will meet to consider what could be improved by working closer together to support the veterans and armed service community in the future.

Cllr Richard Speight, portfolio holder for communities, said: “The number of veterans leaving the armed forces will increase in coming years.

“Thurrock Council has worked closely with our partners to think carefully about how we recognise and support those who have served.

“Partners helped to shape the Veterans’ Charter in 2012, and the council supported a Community Covenant with Essex later that year.

“We always want to engage with veterans and serving personnel to let them know what we can do to provide appropriate and co-ordinated support.”

He added: “I am grateful to all those organisations who have already committed to coming to support this event – including SSAFA and the Thurrock branch of the Burma Star Association.”

Organisations supporting the event will be able to send two delegates – one to staff the drop-in and one for the series of talks later.

The afternoon session will hear presentations on the Veterans Charter, Community Covenant and consider areas of future joint working.

The drop-in session is open to all and refreshments will be served. Any organisation wanting to find out more or register to attend should contact community@thurrock.gov.uk

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