Over 100 Veterans came together this week at Mossley Mill for a special roadshow aimed to highlight the multiple support services available to all veterans in Northern Ireland.
Over 20 charities and organisations attended the event which was spearheaded by the Council’s Veterans Champion, Councillor Alison Bennington with the support of the Northern Ireland Veterans’ Support Office (NIVOS).
The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Mark Cooper BEM opened the evening, welcoming the Veterans Commissioner Mr Danny Kinahan, support charities and veterans to the event. Highlighting the Council’s support he said; “The Council along with the help of the NIVOS and other organisations will ensure that no veteran should ever feel lonely, isolated or lost when looking for the help they need and deserve.”
Mrs Liz Brown Head of NIVSO, thanked the Council for hosting the roadshow and Cllr. Bennington for her drive to support Veterans, before giving a presentation showcasing the many different services available to veterans from sports to gardening, housing to health.
Councillor Bennington was delighted with the turnout for the first roadshow, saying; “It is great to see so many veterans, young and old, new and familiar faces, and I hope to build upon this for the next roadshow. I would like to thank everyone involved with this event and I hope that through continued engagement with our veterans that every veteran across our Borough knows about the support available to them in Northern Ireland.
“I want to build social connections and friendships and I have a series of events planned which includes a new monthly breakfast club starting on Saturday 2 December at Jordanstown Transport Bowling Club.”
The new breakfast club will run on the first Saturday of each month and will complement the well-established veterans breakfast club held every month in the Masonic Hall in Antrim.
For more detail please visit https://antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/residents/residents-community-information/supporting-veterans/