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OPPO'S BREWS & INTEL ! Open to Veterans now

Thursday, 09 January 2014

New drop-in facilities for Veterans are being piloted in Winchester and Andover to provide ex-servicemen and women a place to meet over a hot drink and some food, either for a chat or to gain access to any support they might need.

The drop-in facilities have been developed by Hampshire County Council and a number of partners, and are being piloted for six months in the two locations.

Veterans will be able to access support, advice and information on a wide range of topics, including employment, training, health and housing, and school admissions. A number of organisations are providing support through the drop-ins including the Royal British Legion, SSAFA and HOMER (Hampshire Operational Model for Effective Recovery).

Sessions will be held in:

Winchester

Every third Wednesday of the month with the next session to fall on the 15th of January. 1500-1800, The Winchester Centre, 68 St Georges Road.

Andover

Every second Saturday of the month with the next session to fall on the 11th of January. 1200-1500, New Street House, 130 New Street.

Hampshire is home to the largest contingent of Armed Forces personnel in the country. The County Council has a historic and long-standing close relationship with the Armed Forces, and because of this Hampshire was chosen as one of the Welfare Pathway Pilots and was one of the first local authorities to sign the Armed Forces Community Covenant.

Councillor Keith Mans, Armed Forces Champion at Hampshire County Council, said: "We are immensely proud of our strong connection with the armed forces. Operational units of all three services are based here along with the headquarters of both the British Army and the Royal Navy. As a local authority, we work closely with our partners to ensure that service personnel, their families, veterans and reservists have access to the help and support they need.

"It is important that we show our gratitude for the contributions and sacrifices of the armed forces community and provide them with support they may need to adjust to civilian life, and in some cases to recover physically or mentally from their experiences serving their country. We hope that 'Oppo's Brews & Intel' will provide ex-service personnel with a further opportunity to meet, share their stories and seek help or support if they need it."

Veterans wanting further information on this scheme can contact Douglas Gould on, 07793 759024 or via email, douglas.r.gould@hants.gov.uk

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