Better support unit for town veterans

Armed Forces Day Parade in Doncaster.
Armed Forces Day Parade in Doncaster.

Plans are afoot to set up a new support unit to help veterans and members of the armed forces in Doncaster.

The Armed Forces Steering Group’s aim is to develop simple access to the information and support available to those people who are currently in or have served in the armed forces.

Mayor Ros Jones has made it one of her key priorities to support people from our area who serve and have served in the armed forces and has appointed Coun Bob Johnson as Veteran’s Champion.

Coun Johnson, a former military engineer, said: “I am committed to bring the council, St Leger Homes and veteran specific and general support agencies together to focus their resources and support to ensure that nobody who has served in the military is disadvantaged in anyway.”

The steering group will be chaired by businessman Tony Ward and supported by the council.

Mr Ward, who served in the Army for 24 years and runs Force 10 Recruitment, a specialist ex-forces recruitment agency, said: “Mayor Ros Jones has shown a strong commitment to supporting our veterans when they return to our town. The steering group, led by the community and supported by both the council and the MOD, will focus initially on developing a user friendly website for current and ex members of the military including reservists.

“Soldiers who balance a part-time career in the military with a normal civilian life, full time soldiers and veterans would really benefit from having a single access point for services such as health, housing and job search support.”

The inaugural committee meeting will be held on July 15. Anyone wishing to raise any points can email Mr Ward at tony@force10recruitment.co.uk or Veterans’ Champion, Coun Bob Johnson, at bob.johnson@doncaster.gov.uk.

The group also manned a stand at the Armed Forces Day celebrations in Sir Nigel Gresley Square on Saturday for people to raise issues face-to-face.