New hub launched in Wallsend to help former armed forces personnel

Mayor Norma Redfearn officially launching the project with volunteers Agnes Longmoor and Michael Thornton.

Mayor Norma Redfearn officially launching the project with volunteers Agnes Longmoor and Michael Thornton.

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A new facility has been launched to help former armed forces personnel adjust to civilian life.

LD:NorthEast has created the new ‘community hub’ project at their offices in Park Road, Wallsend, for ex-servicemen to drop in for a chat and something to eat or access information.

It’s great to be working with a local, established charity and the new hub in Wallsend will support our work in North Tyneside.

Steve Lambert, of Tyneside Armed Forces Community Outreach Service (TAFCOS)

Mayor Norma Redfearn was joined by volunteers to help launch the project.

She said: “I’d like to thank LD:NorthEast and all the supporting bodies for all the hard work you do and the results you get. This is a fantastic project.”

David Robinson, LD:NorthEast chief executive, said: “This is a really exciting development and I’m delighted at how many people have shown an interest.

“We are not experts at supporting former armed forces personnel, but we have experts working with us. We feel we are opening our doors to people who can both benefit from our facilities and potentially get involved in our work.”

“We have a great facility here in Wallsend, which we continue to use for the benefit of the local community. There is so much going on here that I’m sure many people with an armed forces background will want to get involved.”

Steve Lambert, of Tyneside Armed Forces Community Outreach Service (TAFCOS), said: “The need is growing all the time.

“Many ex-forces personnel suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which can be a life long problem.

“Redundancy and austerity are adding to the difficulties many ex-forces people face.

“It’s great to be working with a local, established charity and the new hub in Wallsend will support our work in North Tyneside.”

For more information about LD:NorthEast and its services visit www.ldne.org.uk