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posted Mar 12, 2018, 9:41 AM by kathy Freeston   [ updated Mar 12, 2018, 9:41 AM ]
Social groups for older ex-service veterans are being set in Nottinghamshire to reduce loneliness and social isolation, and help improve their health and wellbeing.  It is estimated 5.8 percent of Nottinghamshire’s 750,000 population are ex-service community, which amounts to 43,500 residents.  The County Council was awarded £106,000 to fund a project worker for two years to link up veterans aged over 65 with local projects and activities to help them be more active in their community.

Activities include cooking, reminiscence sessions where attendees share wartime and past experiences, and creating a war memories archive.

Groups are being set up at Bingham Day Service on Moor Lane and the community room at Toton’s Tesco store and there are plans to start groups in the Mansfield area.

Gordon Marshall, 78 from East Stoke, Newark, is helping to set up the Toton group. He was a Territorial Army volunteer for 13 years. He said: “It’s all about preventing loneliness and getting people together to make new friends.  “We also want to set up smaller groups to do specific activities such as walking, playing games, trips out from one base.“There is a comradery when you are in service and you would die for the next person, so when you get older you miss that. I hope to bring that spirit back for ex-service veterans.”

“This project is in its early days so we are appealing for relatives, friends or neighbours who know of an older veteran in their community to make them aware of the sessions.”

For more information contact Sharon Sorensen from the Council on 07771 381124 or visit http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/council-structure/supporting-armed-forces