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Cash boost for North Yorkshire's older veterans

Cash boost for North Yorkshire's older veterans

Published at 5:02pm 26th April 2017.

North Yorkshire is set to receive £1 million in funding for veterans over the age of 65.

The money, which has been allocated by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds, is being awarded to a group of organisations led by Community First Yorkshire (formerly Rural Action Yorkshire).

A three-year service will be set up in the county to provide additional health, well-being and social care support to ex-forces personnel born before 1950 and also to those who completed National Service.

It will support Second World War veterans, as well as those who have served in conflicts such as the Falklands, Northern Ireland and the Gulf War.

Organisations including Age UK, Richmondshire District Council, Citizens Advice, Saint Michael's Hospice in Harrogate, Yorkshire Housing and Carers' Resource are involved in the project.

Leah Swain, Chief Executive of Community First Yorkshire, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to work with our partners to raise the profile of older veterans. We will be offering practical help, befriending, and the chance to try new things and volunteer.

"By building local networks, we will support older veterans to identify and achieve their goals, whether that's making their home warmer, learning to e-mail family abroad, or getting out and about more often."

Neil Irving, from North Yorkshire County Council, added: "We have a large ex-forces community in North Yorkshire. Through discussions with former members of the armed forces, we identified loneliness, isolation and access to services as some of the key problems that our older veterans face. This funding will enable us to address these issues and more."

The new service will be launched in the summer.