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New drop-in British Legion sessions at Council offices

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Former and serving Armed Forces personnel and their families can get advice at a regular drop-in session hosted by Charnwood Borough Council and the Royal British Legion.

An adviser from the legion will be on hand at the council offices in Southfield Road, Loughborough every third Thursday of the month between 10am and midday. The first one is on Thursday, May 18.

Forces personnel, veterans and their families will be able to get advice on a range of issues including finance, grant support, pensions and other support available. Appointments are not required.

Chris Traill, Council Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods and Community Wellbeing, said: “We’re committed to supporting people who live in the borough and have served or are currently serving their country in our Armed Forces.

“We are delighted we can offer the Royal British Legion a venue for its drop-in sessions and hope people will use the service.”

The drop-in session will be in the Jobcentre Plus area of the council building.

The Council, which signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2013, recently secured a £97,000 grant from the national Covenant Fund after leading a bid which also involved Melton and Rushcliffe borough councils.

The grant will allow the Council to appoint a development worker to help improve understanding of issues facing military personnel in the area to improve the support available.

A key part of the role will also be to liaise with staff and personnel at the under-construction Stanford Hall Defence National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) which is on the border of all three council areas.

The Council has also supported Charnwood Armed Forces and Veterans’ Breakfast Club which meets on the second Saturday of every month at the Toby Carvery, Forest Road, in Loughborough.

For more information about the Council’s Armed Forces Community Covenant, visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/armed_forces_community

Find out more about the Royal British Legion on its website.

For information on the breakfast events, email Victoria.coomber@talk21.com. A group has also been set up on Facebook called the Charnwood Veterans’ Breakfast Club. Search for it and request to join.

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