Veterans invited to enjoy a cuppa and get support

Do you know anyone who has been in the Armed Forces?

We’re organising a special day of activities for veterans in Leyland on Saturday 22 April.

From 10am to 1pm, guests will be able to call in to Roccoco Coffee Lounge in Chapel Brow and enjoy a cuppa, a bite to eat and chat with fellow veterans and with people who can offer them support.

The Veterans’ Café project is being run jointly by South Ribble Borough Council and Brothers of Charity, which operates the café and supports adults with learning difficulties.

The council has signed the Armed Forces Covenant – a commitment to helping veterans and those currently serving in the military with their family life, housing, health, skills and employment.

It is the first time the get-together will take place and it will then happen monthly for at least six months.

Serving members of the Armed Forces can also come along.

Among the guests on 22 April will be a motorcycle veterans group as well as representatives from the Royal British Legion and the Armed Forces charity - Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Families Association (SSAFA).

Colonel Alan Jolley, who is the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, will also be there along with South Ribble Borough Council’s Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Alan Ogilvie.

Councillor Ogilvie said: “Many veterans have lots of support from family, friends and from fantastic organisations such as RBL and SSAFA, but, sadly, that is not always the case for everyone.

“We know that some veterans can find themselves isolated and this event is a great chance for them to meet new people in an informal setting.

“If you’re a veteran or a serving member of the Armed Forces and the café appeals to you, come along and enjoy a cuppa with us.”

For more information, please contact South Ribble Borough Council’s Partnership Manager Howard Anthony on 01772 625 546 or via hanthony@southribble.gov.uk