Providing peer support activities and bringing the community together.
Trafford Veterans was set up as a community group in 2015 after Chris Squires and Claire Wright the co founders had the idea to reach out and help other Armed Forces Veterans moving back home to Trafford. Chris served 13 years in the Kings Regiment and later the 2nd Batallion Duke of Lancaster’s. Claire served 8 years in the Royal Navy Reserves and the Royal Navy.
Both have seen active tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Gulf and Sierra Leone. A few years after, both were given a diagnosis of PTSD. They struggled with the transition from leaving HM Forces into civilian life and wanted to share their stories and experiences in the hope that it would help other families through Peer Support.
What started as an information table at a community event has developed into a series of activities to help people of all ages. These are a monthly breakfast, weekly model making and craft group, walking football, allotment project, community drop in, tai chi class and a golf society. We are always looking at new activities and new ways to support Veterans and their families and also members of the local community.
We have a number of volunteers who help to run events and activities. What is great is that people share their hobbies and skills and we encourage people to start new groups with our help. Our busiest breakfast event to date served over 90 people, including 4 World War 2 Veterans and the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester. The model making and craft group attracts 30 people each week and the walking football has a team of 12.
How would this funding have an impact on your community?
All of our activities are run by volunteers. They are free for people to attend and we find grants and apply for funding to pay for our venue room hire and any equipment needed. Any
""We are a bringing the community together, supporting our Armed forces and emergency service veterans and their families, whilst also tackling social isolation. Veterans making a difference in Trafford""