The South West totals some 9000 square miles and is home to many regular and reserve military personnel and families across all services, from RNAS Culdrose and RAF St Mawgan in Cornwall to the Garrison areas around Salisbury Plain and many other stations and units across the counties.
Serving in the South West means that many settle and seek employment here and currently it is estimated that there are 320,000 veterans living in the South West.
This places considerable pressure on resources to support the military community and following a project to raise awareness of the Covenant and the needs of the military community, the consortium of Local Authorities formed to pool its resource and share good practice.
One new initiative that Forces Connect South West will provide, is a Mobile Veterans Outreach Support services, the only one of its kind in the country, which is scheduled to operate from summer 2019.
As a new initiative, the service will evolve to establish an initial view of where outreach is required and as the service progress’s, will gather information on other areas where outreach requirements are identified. In addition to providing a region wide outreach capability for veterans, it will also allow much needed intelligence to be gathered, to better inform the service.
The outreach service will commence its service in the region operating one day per month in each partner’s area.
When and where will it operate?
The outreach service will operate across the south west and is currently establishing locations and developing local partnerships. Planned locations and dates for the Mobile Veterans Outreach Support service can be viewed here.