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Burnley Council promotes the Veterans’ Gateway

A new service has been launched across the country to support charities and organisations in the work they do to support British Armed Forces veterans in need.

The Veterans’ Gateway is run by a consortium of military charities including the Royal British Legion, SSAFA, and Combat Stress, with involvement from local organisations.

Burnley Council and other organisations involved in the local Armed Forces Covenant have got behind the initiative, and are promoting information about it.

Well-attended information sessions were held last month at Burnley Town Hall for representatives from charities, housing providers, welfare and benefits providers, health professionals and others.

Now publicity and information leaflets are going to be distributed.

The Veterans’ Gateway makes it easier for veterans and their families to access information, advice and support on a range of issues including healthcare, housing, and employment.It allows information and services to be accessed from one place and all enquiries will be followed up to ensure that veterans receive the right support.

Councillor Lian Pate, the council’s executive member who is Burnley’s champion for the Armed Forces Covenant, said: “Burnley Council is proud to be working with the Royal British Legion and others on promoting information about the support available to members of the armed forces community, including veterans of all the services and their families.

“We want all the local public services and charities to be aware when the people they are in contact with are veterans, as they may have particular needs, and there are different kinds of support that they could get. It is important to recognise people at the start of the process so that they can get the help they need and are entitled to.”

 

To get support through the Veterans’ Gateway, go to veteransgateway.org.uk or call 0808 802 1212. 

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