Our weekly social sessions offer local veterans the chance to pull up a sandbag and connect with others who have served, while enjoying free refreshments and accessing links to other opportunities available such as health initiatives and employment help.
During the sessions there is the chance to chat with others who have served and share stories and laughter that is unique amongst members of the armed forces community. Something that many people who have served miss when returning to civilian life.
There is also the chance for those who like social competition to play cards, dominoes, indoor bowls, take part in quizzes and enjoy other activities. These sessions also provide opportunities to go on trips to other groups, events and experiences.
The sessions are hosted at Turf Moor in the Jimmy McIlroy Stand, where veterans can experience exclusive views of the famous Turf.
The sessions run between 13:00 – 15:00 every Thursday afternoon and are regularly attended and supported by local authorities who can provide support for veterans including Lancashire NHS Trust, Help for Heroes and the Veterans Welfare Service.
“It’s a chance for us all to come together again and have the banter that we’re used to that other people might not necessarily get.” – Harry (2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rangers)
“I’ve made some good pals since coming here, it’s another sense of belonging. A lot of us miss that from when we were squaddies.” – Dave (Royal Engineers)
For more information about our Veterans programme please contact our Veterans and Inclusion Officers, Gregg Stevenson on email@example.com or Daniella Worth on firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 01282 704716.