SSAFA partner with Age UK to support older veterans
Joining Forces is a Ministry of Defence-supported project to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of veterans (anyone who has completed at least 1 day of military service) born before 1950 and their family and carers. Age UK is partnering with SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, to deliver 12 local projects across England.
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We are thrilled to be partnering with Age UK for ‘Joining Forces,’ an MOD supported project which aims to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of veterans born before 1950, as well as their families and carers.
Joining Forces will deliver 12 local projects across England, which will involve a partnership between the local Age UK and local SSAFA branch, offering face to face conversations with older veterans and their family members or carer. The projects will take place in Cheshire East, Darlington, Gloucestershire, Lancashire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire, Portsmouth, Tyne & Wear, West Cumbria, Wirral, Wolverhampton and Worcestershire. Nationally, there will also be a new section of Age UK’s website with tailored information for older veterans, their family or carers, as well as a service matching isolated older veterans with volunteers through the ‘Call in Time’ telephone befriending service. They will also be piloting a bespoke app to help support the needs of the older person, as well as sending out a regular email newsletter tailored to their audience.
If you would like to know more or to request assistance from the service, you can get in touch here.
The ultimate aim of the project is to join the different sources of support available to older veterans, and produce services to reflect any gaps in provision. We hope to engage over 45,000 older veterans through Joining Forces and to be able to demonstrate improvements in quality of life and wellbeing through an evaluation by the University of Bath.
Joining Forces is funded through the Aged Veterans Fund funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds.