According to a report from the British Legion there are approximately 5.3 million veterans in the UK; with almost half of these aged over 65. With such a large number of veterans falling into this age category and therefore the most ‘at risk group‘ to Covid-19, many are self-isolating at this current time.
For some veterans, the physical or mental injuries sustained during or following combat can make life and a career especially challenging.
That’s why our Operation RE:Org team have been busy supporting Greater Manchester’s veterans community for over three years and even more so during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Here’s how the team have been helping:
- Delivering ready-made meals to our most vulnerable veterans, courtesy of the Cracking Good Food Company,
- Supporting veterans claiming Universal Credit and other benefits that they’re entitled to,
- Contacting vulnerable veterans on a regular basis either online and by phone to check on their wellbeing,
- Advising veterans with employment; providing links to free training and educational programmes and offering advice on how to complete online employment application forms,
- Sharing links to funding available to help support other charity and community organisations.
Terry Morley, Veterans Employment Programme Manager at Groundwork Greater Manchester commented:
This work is so essential at this time. Some veterans find isolation extremely difficult so checking in regularly really helps them and ensures they stay mentally well so that we can continue our employment support once life returns to normal. Delivering food packages to the more elderly and vulnerable veterans is really rewarding too, as we approach the 75th anniversary of VE we should be especially grateful for what veterans like Colonel Tom did for us.
Terry Morley, veteran & Operation Re:Org programme manager, delivers food to veterans with help from his daughter Violet.