Members of the armed forces community can now see a representative from the Royal British Legion at the Council’s One Stop Shop in Bath.
The community can see the representative at the One Stop Shop, on Manvers Street, every other Monday between 11am and 1.30pm, offering direct advice and support on a range of issues affecting serving members of the armed forces, veterans and their families.
In June and July they will be at the One Stop Shop on the following dates: June 16th, June 30th, July 14th and July 28th.
Alistair Maxwell, the Royal British Legion’s Area Manager for Wiltshire and Somerset, said: “We’re committed to providing good advice and support for the local service community, past and present and I’d encourage anyone who wants to know more to pop in and see us.
“If people would prefer to telephone, they can speak to a trained adviser via our new national Freephone number 0808 802 8080 and information is also available on the website www.britishlegion.org.uk.”
Chairman of Bath and North East Somerset Council, Cllr Martin Veal, and Cabinet Member, Cllr Dine Romero, will visit the Royal British Legion at the One Stop Shop on Monday 16th June.
Joining them will be Dr Sally Griffin of Bath Spa University, which is involved with a number of projects with the Armed Forces including ‘Troops to Teachers’ – a Government-funded project to train military personnel as teachers once they leave the services.
Cllr Veal said: “The Royal British Legion is such an important organisation throughout the country and in our minds especially at the moment with the commemoration of World War I and the 70th anniversary of the D Day landings.
“Its presence at our One Stop Shop in Manvers Street is very welcome and I look forward to discovering what support is on offer serving members of the armed forces, veterans and their families.”
Cllr Dine Romero, (LibDem, Southdown), the Council’s Cabinet Member for Early Years, Children and Youth, said: “Bath & North East Somerset Council and its partners are committed to supporting the armed forces community.
“Working from our One Stop Shop not only enables them to give direct advice to the armed forces community but also helps to build closer links with the Council and other local organisations.”
Bath & North East Somerset has a Community Covenant, signed in June 2013, which involves the Council, its partners and members of the armed forces.
The covenant aims to nurture understanding and awareness of issues affecting members of the armed forces community and make it easier for them to access help and support from the Ministry of Defence; statutory providers and the charity and voluntary sector.