Veterans Hub

Colin Jones MBE has been appointed into the new role of the Ceredigion Armed Forces Veterans Hub Peer Mentor. Ceredigion County Council has identified Penparcau Community Forum as the ideal partner, location and organisations to facilitate the Armed Forces veteran’s community hub in the county. Colin’s roles will consist of coordinating and facilitating activities for veterans and their dependants, provide mentoring assistance and signposting to specialist support where necessary, working closely with the Ceredigion Armed Forces Community Covenant partners to provide support and training opportunities for veterans and their families within Ceredigion. Colin will also arrange monthly planned visits and clinics in Lampeter and Cardigan.

Colin can be contacted via email: veterans@penparcau.cymru or mobile: 07761511272, or follow the group on Facebook: Veterans Hub Penparcau or Twitter: Veterans Hub Penparcau.

Veterans’ Getaway

The first point of contact for veterans seeking support.
We put veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more.

Veterans Breakfast Club

Second Saturday of every month 10:30 – 12:00 at Penparcau Community Hub

AF Covenant – Veteran Specific Information

A number of regional measures are in place to provide support for Armed Forces personnel – including Reservists, Veterans and their families in order to ensure that this group does not suffer disadvantage as a result of their Service.

HEALTH

Priority Treatment Policy – WHC 41 2017

All Armed Forces veterans are entitled to receive priority access to NHS care (including hospital, primary or community care) for any conditions (mental and physical) which are likely related to, or resulting from their military service (service related). This priority is over patients with a similar level of clinical need and ONLY for service related conditions. Veterans will not be prioritised over those with a greater clinical need.

Veterans NHS Wales

This is an NHS service for veterans with service-related mental health conditions; the Veterans’ NHS Wales leaflet for Hywel Dda is available here

West Wales Action for Mental Health (WWAMH)

WWAMH is a voluntary organisation, a charity, and a company limited by guarantee which supports voluntary organisations with an interest in mental health. WWAMH has an excellent overview of 3rd sector provision in this area across the region.

HOUSING

If a Veteran and their family has nowhere to go tonight and needs urgent housing advice then please contact:  Carmarthenshire  Ceredigion  Pembrokeshire

AF Covenant Info Sheet – May 19

Author: AF Covenant Regional Liaison Officer – Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire JCWatt@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

EMPLOYMENT

The employment rate for Veterans, at 81%, is higher than the national average of 75.5%. Tobias Ellwood, Minister for Defence People and Veterans, said, “Those who have served in our Armed Forces leave with a fantastic range of transferable skills, including leadership, teamwork and resourcefulness. Organisations can benefit significantly from their experience.” Some Veterans do however need some help transitioning into employment. The Welsh Government has recognised this and, in conjunction with stakeholders, designed an Employment Pathway together with a toolkit for Employers for practical use.

DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS (DWP)

The DWP is very forward leaning in their support for Veterans and Armed Forces families. Each Job Centre has an Armed Forces Champion and SW Wales District has been highlighted across the UK for their Good Practice in working with Armed Forces personnel. Veterans should therefore be encouraged to let DWP staff know that they are either a Service Leaver or from an Armed Forces family.

SUPPORT

Need help finding out what support is available in our area? The Veterans Gateway has links to organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support you need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more.

Hubs

The Armed Forces Covenant provides funding to the following Regional Hubs to provide signposting, support and fellowship for Armed Forces Veterans and their families:

Carmarthenshire:  Hwb Ammanford  Hwb Carmarthen  Hwb Llanelli

Ceredigion:  Penparcau Community Forum

Pembrokeshire:  VC Gallery

Help for Heroes

Band of Brothers and Sisters Fellowship Hub, One-to-One Advice and Sports Recovery sessions – are all available in Carmarthen

Upcoming Events

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Hello,

We hope that you are all keeping well and safe.  The team here at Penparcau Community Hub have been very busy supporting vulnerable and isolated members of the Community and  have now established Penparcau Action Team (PAT) so that we can work remotely and still keep services going as best we can. We thought we would give you an outline of what PAT will be doing

PAT is a coordinated Hub volunteer community group working in support of and in partnership with the Ystwyth Medical Group, Padarn Surgery and St Ann’s Church providing logistical, organised and controlled priority community support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Under the direction of Ystwyth Medical Group practice manager, we are now delivering a daily support service that targets the most medically vulnerable within the Penparcau community.  We also support St Ann’s church providing them with a much needed delivery service to distribute some food supplies.

A team is despatched daily from the Penparcau Community Hub in our minibus and we have established a morning, lunchtime and teatime delivery service. The main priority must be that of achieving a reliable support system for the community to help counter the Coronavirus pandemic.

Routine is essential, and for the success and sustainable control of PAT we must understand that we are not an emergency service, nor a home help or care group but will provide the vulnerable in the community with support for prescription collections and the occasional drop-and-go service.

During difficult and uncertain times, we can rely on the good within the community to respond and stand tall and support those most in need. PAT aims to provide that hand of support and we are now operating a 7-days a week service with 4 volunteers operating the morning shift and 4 volunteers operating the afternoon shift. The office is also open from 09:00 – 15:00 daily to receive phone calls only.  This should provide the community with a vital point of contact where they can receive information, support and direction from our informed Hub staff and volunteers.  Please ring 01970 611099 during those times.

In the meantime stay safe – keep washing those hands!

Karen Rees Roberts (Forum Manager)