Thanks to a grant from The Aged Veterans Fund, funded by The Chancellor using LIBOR Funds, local charity Care for Veterans will be able to open its doors to local aged veterans, to provide free of charge social and recreational facilities from its facility at Boundary Road, Worthing.
The Social and Recreation department at Care for Veterans provides a light, bright and fun area for people to come and enjoy arts and crafts (painting, weaving, mosaics, clay modelling etc) and games such as cards, bingo, quizzes, jigsaws and dominoes. There will also be time for drinking tea, having a chat and just enjoying the company of other veterans from the local community.
Care for Veterans’ Head of Fundraising and Marketing, Elizabeth Baxter, said: “We are absolutely delighted that local aged veterans will be able to come and experience our excellent social and recreation facilities. The grant we have received will fund this opportunity for 20 weeks, so non-residents can experience our top-quality recreational facilities and be able to meet and have fun with other veterans in the community, in a home from home environment.”
The sessions will be from 9am until 12 noon on Saturday mornings from 1st September 2018, will be free of charge and available to anyone aged 65 years or over who has served in the Armed Forces.
Due to limited space, attendees must book in advance and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. These sessions are for anyone who is feeling lonely or just wants to get out of the house to a new environment and meet like-minded people, have a chat, have some fun or be creative. It will be up to each attendee as to what they take part in and there will be a choice each week.
If you are interested in finding out more or to book a place, call Care for Veterans on 01903 218444.
About Care for Veterans
Care for Veterans (formerly The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home) was established in 1919 – the charity celebrates its 99th anniversary this year (2018).
Care for Veterans is a registered charity, providing care and rehabilitation for physically disabled ex-Service personnel and their families. Our residents’ needs are complex and many have multiple disabilities. Many have an Acquired Brain Injury and some have neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis. Others are paralysed or do not have use of their limbs and some are terminally ill. We support on average 140 residents a year.
We care for up to 60 residents at any one time.
Our residents are aged between 33 and 99.
Our residents represent the tri-services: Royal Navy, Army and RAF.
Services at Care for Veterans include nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, an active social and recreation department, rehabilitation kitchen, a chaplaincy service, counselling, IT facilities, a rehabilitation garden, sensory room, coffee shop and function room and regular outings on our specially adapted coach.
With no regular government funding, Care for Veterans must raise over £1.9 million each year to maintain its nursing and rehabilitation services for ex-Servicemen and women.