Borough Insight

Initiatives for veterans

The Royal British Legion has launched an Epsom & Ewell Veterans Community Hub.Armed forces emblem

If you or anyone in your immediate family has ever served in the British armed forces you are invited to meet up with your peers, seek information and guidance from a selection of agencies that can help with housing, benefits, debt employment, wellbeing and much more.

The hub meets on the first Wednesday of the month, 10am to midday, at the Comrades Club, The Parade, Epsom (under the new hotel).

We’re supporting this initiative as part of our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. The covenant also aims to raise awareness of issues affecting the armed forces community and provide support through assisting with health and wellbeing, housing, leisure and culture, housing and employment.

On a separate note the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) is looking for volunteer caseworkers  in the Epsom and Ewell area. 

SSAFA is the UK's oldest military charity and in Surrey work to support members of the armed forces, veterans and their families who are in need.
 
Being a caseworker is a rewarding role with the opportunity to directly help those in difficulty. Caseworkers provide friendly advice and support to eligible individuals. The role involves meeting clients, often in their homes, assessing their needs and obtaining appropriate assistance, this can include financial assistance, special equipment or referral to specialists. 
 
The amount of time you give as a caseworker is flexible and can be tailored around other commitments.  There is no need to go to an office at specific times.  You will be part of a team and have the opportunity to meet and socialise with them. 
 
As a volunteer you need to be capable of travelling within the local area and of using a computer, but you do not have to be a technical expert.  Full training is provided and support from experienced members of the team is always available.  All expenses are paid.
 
If you have some time to give and would like a rewarding role supporting those who have served our country to live with independence and dignity, being a SSAFA Caseworker could be the opportunity for you.  It is also good fun. 
 
If you are interested please contact SSAFA Surrey: 01483 208111,   email: surrey.branch@SSAFA.org.uk

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