Category Archive:VCP News

Armed Forces Covenant in Action

Army Reserve Recruitment event: Wednesday 17th April
As part of the Council’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, WCC is hosting an Army Reserve recruitment event on Wednesday 17th April.  This will take place in Shire Hall, Warwick between 11.30-2.30pm with
presentations in Committee Room 1 at 1pm. 

There are 4 Reserve Units attending:
243 Squadron, Royal Logistic Corps, Coventry (with opportunities to be
Drivers, Chefs and Supply Specialists)
37 Signal Regiment, Redditch (with opportunities to be Communications Specialists/Engineers)
D Company, 4 Parachute Regiment, Rugby (with opportunities to be a
parachute trained soldier)
126 Recovery Platoon, 103 Battalion REME, Coventry (with opportunities
to be a vehicle/recovery mechanic, armourer, combat medic)

As a Reservist an individual will get paid for the time spent training, and a bonus payment for completing a certain amount of training days each year (usually 27 comprising of evenings, weekends and an annual camp). The pay scale will be based on what a Regular soldier with the same job and rank would get. For further information please contact Phil Deakin, Armed Forces Covenant Worker on or 01926-476862.

Meet Up, Eat Up and Put Your Feet Up

Veterans at lunch
An opportunity to meet other veterans. Meet Up,Eat Up and Put Your Feet Up is a new lunch opportunity in Polesworth, Mancetter and Coleshill.  This is being organised by the Nuneaton and Bedworth Healthy Living Network in collaboration with the Veterans Contact Point (VCP).   The lunches are open to all and cost £4 for a home made 2 course meal.  Every month they will be held in:
Polesworth Memorial Hall (first Monday)
Mancetter Memorial Hall (first Tuesday and the 3rd Sunday)
Coleshill Town Hall (the last Friday)

Nick Caswell, Veterans Outreach Worker from the VCP will be there to support any veterans who attend.

For more information please call 02476-322048. 

Leamington FC signs the Covenant

Leamington FC sign the Covenant

‘Leamington FC Chairman Jim Scott recently signed the Armed Forces Covenant for the club, pledging to uphold the key principles of the Covenant and support serving personnel and veterans. The Covenant was signed jointly by Lieutenant Colonel Paul Walkley, Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment, in a ceremony held at the Club’s Phillips 66 Community Stadium in front of local dignitaries, both serving and former military personnel and invited guests.  The Club are supporting the employment of veterans, offering flexibility to Reservist employees and families of serving personnel and taking part in the Tickets for Troops Initiative.

AFC goodies

Kineton Health Fayre: Raising awareness of Covenant Support 

Kineton Station held its annual ‘Health Fayre’ on Monday 25 March.  The stall on the Armed Forces Covenant was very popular and gave Phil Deakin, AFC Worker for Warwickshire County Council, the opportunity of promoting the benefits of the Covenant to both serving personnel and their spouses.  Now, was it Phil’s winning personality or the goodies that were on offer that attracted people to the stall?! If you’ve missed it, serving personnel can still learn about the Covenant here and spouses here.

Love Solihull Poppy Garden winner

A pupil from Smith’s Wood Academy is set to see her design in flowers
after winning the annual Love Solihull flowerbed design competition.
The competition is in partnership with the Royal British Legion and their ‘Thank You’ campaign, which last year marked 100 years since the end of World War One.
The competition received more than 300 entries from 12 local schools but it was Tamzin Clarke, age 12, who drew the winning entry. Her design will be used to transform a flowerbed at Malvern Park and showcases the importance of the Poppy as a symbol of hope and remembrance.
The Love Solihull ‘Thank You’ display is at Touchwood until the end of
April and can be seen by the exit next to Zara.

Other Information:

  • Veterans Cafe at St. John’s Museum; first Tuesday of every month, 1030-12.30pm
  • Veterans’ Hub Drop In, Unit 7, The Arcade, Atherstone, first Thursday of every month, 1030-12.30pm
  • Royal British Legion drop in at Galanos House, Southam, every first Tuesday 10-2pm
  • Royal British Legion drop in at Riverside House (Warwick DC), every 4th Monday, 1-3pm

Contact us:

March 2019 Update – Balfour Beatty/WCC/VCP Refrubishment “Giving Back” Project

The Veterans Contact Point (Horsa Building) – Showing new Roof installed by Warwickshire County Council

Internal Refurbishment – Balfour Beatty & Sub Contractors

Internal refurbishment of the Horsa Building has included removal of some internal walls, installation of new stud walls, improvements in disabled access and reconfiguration of shared communal areas: i.e. toilets/shower room/kitchen area.

The Partnership Office is in a similar state of refurbishment with all walls plastered, first fix electrical/lighting cabling installed. A new utilities cupboard has been formed to the rear of the office next to the fire exit.

Pictured below are the plans showing the final refurbishment of the Horsa Building.

March 2019 – Foundations for new annex building and installation of external building.

Hold the Date – Wednesday 15th May 2019

Refurbishment of the internal building continues, additions of new annex and planning for external areas. The Project Team envisages that all works will be completed to schedule. Planning has also started to celebrate the project completion with a re-opening ceremony planned for Wednesday, 15th May 2019 and the handover of the building back to The Veterans Contact Point.

Attendance at the Re-Opening/Handover Ceremony on the 15th May 2019, will be by invitation only. However when the building has been handed back to the VCP, it will be open to the local community to come and look around the new Veterans Centre.

Balfour Beatty/VCP Refrubishment “Giving Back” Project

The VCP’s main operating base is current going through a major refurbishment provided by Balfour Beatty in support of the work we do across Warwickshire & Coventry to ensure there is a visible gateway to support for our Armed Forces Community.

Phase 1 of the refurbishment project was completed in September/October by Warwickshire County Council  who replaced the buildings old roof.


Pictures below show the team at the first informal meeting of Balfour Beatty Staff and the VCP at a BBQ event in Solihull.

Balfour Beatty also hosted a Golf/Dinner/Auction Fund Raising event kindly hosted by the Belfry Hotel and Golf Centre, which was attended by over 100 staff and contractors. Although the veterans golf team lead by Roger did not win, we were all made to feel welcome at this fantastic show of support. A staggering £23,795 was raised through the golf event and auction. Photos of the event can be found at:

To download any of the images use the PIN 3416

Veterans from the VCP supported by 30 Signals Regiment, Balfour Beatty workforce, Students from Hereward College in Coventry, also gave back to their neighbour Queens Academy Schools in removing rubbish in their local school playing field and completing a general tidy up of the field to ensure that pupils have a safe clean space to play sports/outdoor activities:

Concert to commemorate the end of WW1 -October 28th, 2018

War and Peace, a concert of music and readings to commemorate the end of WW1 will take place on Sunday, October 28th in the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick. It starts at 8.00pm, with doors open at 7.20. The concert will finish by 10.00pm.

The concert aims to raise funds to support the Royal British Legion.

The Saint James’s Singers will perform a varied programme of music, supported by Fine Arts Brass, complemented by readings from actor Kim Durham which will reflect on the serious and sombre side of war as well as celebrating the comradeship, heroism and humour which saw the troops through their ordeals.

The concert both opens and closes with a focus on peace. In between, will be some words from the war poets, who so powerfully captured the horrors of war, accounts from soldiers and extracts from the Wipers Times. And there will be music to suit all tastes, including a jazzy ‘1918 Suite’ from the Fine Arts Brass, opportunity to join the choir with a medley of classic war songs, together with pieces by Bach and Purcell, John Ireland’s anthem ‘Greater love hath no man’ and the fanfare Sunset.

Tickets are available now from the St James’s Singers box office on 07502 939498 at £17.50 and £12.50 with advance booking recommended to secure your seat. Children’s tickets are all £5. Unreserved tickets will be available on the door.

Support the VCP through NBBC Big Lottery

You can support the work we do at the VCP through NBBC Big Lottery and potentially win money by doing so. #ShowYourSupport.

Thank You

Unspoken Word Workshops – Bravo 22 2019 Project

Please find attached information regarding a great opportunity for Veterans, Serving Personnel, Reservists and families. We would really appreciate you promoting this far and wide and to speak to anyone you think may benefit from this. The workshop will feed into the Bravo 22 2019 Project in the West Midlands and is a chance for our Armed Forces Community to have its voice heard.

Fund Raising Golf Day 10th September 2018

Come join us for a fun day of Golf at Blaby Golf Course in Leicester and help raise funds in support of the Balfour Beatty, Warwickshire County Council, Veterans Contact Point Building Refurbishment Project. We promise a great day of golf with our Veterans and Project Partners. You don’t have to be an expert, just enjoy a great day of golf aimed at fun for all players, and raise a few pounds for the project. Full details on the poster, if you cant book a place, turn up and play on the day. All funds raised will help the Veterans Contact Point refurbishment and make our current building a better place for our Armed Forces Community to be supported from.

For more details: email or ring: 02476 343793

Warning of VCP Closure from 30th August – 31st November 2018

The VCP Offices will be closed from Friday 30th August until 31st November 2018, this is to enable major building and refurbishment works to be done by Warwickshire County Council and Balfour Beatty via their Company “Giving Back” initiative. We are extremely honoured to be a recipient of the generous show of support to our Armed Forces Community and for them to recognise the work we do as a small military charity in the Warwickshire and Coventry area.

To watch Balfour Beatty’s promotional video follow the link:

This is also an opportunity for our local Armed Forces Community, Veterans and Serving Personnel and the local community to become involved in this project. This may be through fund raising activities to enhance the internal fittings once the refurb has been completed; getting involved in working alongside Balfour Beatty’s tradesman – work experience for those considering a construction trade, or just being there and visible “showing your support”.

We do plan a grand opening event once the work has been completed which we hope our community both Armed Forces and Civilian will take the opportunity to come see first hand the finished project. We know it will be amazing and will provide us the perfect operating base for us to continue to “be there” for our veterans and to help in the development of the VCP as the Armed Forces Hub for Nuneaton & Bedworth Area.

We will continue to monitor or various media channels, emails, Facebook, Twitter and provide a limited outreach service to those in need. However should you need support outside of this, we encourage you to make contact for support via the following helpline:

SSAFA: 0800 7314880

Veterans Gateway: 0808 802 1212

Combat Stress: 0800 138 1619

Veterans UK: 0808 191 4218

You can also contact the various Armed Forces Champions at Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council and North Warwickshire Borough Council

New interior – some changes have already taken place

New building following refurbishment

Balfour Beatty/Warwickshire County Council – Giving Back Project Armed Forces Community

The final schedule has been confirmed for the Balfour Beatty/Warwickshire County Council – Giving Back Project. Please use the below link to watch their final version of VCP video:

Please share and spread the word.

Phase 1. Removal & Replace Existing Roof – Warwickshire County Council (10th – 21st September 2018)

Phase 2. Building Refurbishment – Balfour Beatty (24th September – End of November 2018)

If you are a veteran, serving Armed Forces person, or a supporter of the Armed Forces Community and you want to be involved in this project. Mainly working with Balfour Beatty tradesmen, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, bricklayers etc during phase 2, even given just a day, would help show support to our Warwickshire and Wider Armed Forces Community. This would also provide you with the potential of 12 weeks work experience in a trade that you may be considering when leaving the Armed Forces or wish to know more about before committing to learning a construction trade.

If you are interested in getting involved please email:

Phase 3. Grand Re-Opening – Early December 2018. More details will be shared once dates of completion have been confirmed.

Unfortunately this work will mean the VCP will be closed for normal business but we can be contacted on the email above.

We are also looking for support in raising additional funds to support the internal fixtures and fittings that will enhance the services that we will be able to provide after the refurbishment phase of the building. We will be provided with an updated, cost & energy efficient, modern building with facilities to support our plans for improved services in support of the Armed Forces Community across our Region.  If you are willing and able to support our efforts to help raise vital funds for the project, follow link shown in the video link above, or contact us via email (link above). Thank you for your support and patience.

Proposed New Interior and Extension


Armed Forces Day Nuneaton 2018

Armed Forces Day 2018 held in Nuneaton was hosted and organised by Volunteers and Veterans from the Veterans Contact Point held again this year at Nuneaton Carnival Fields, we had over 30 market traders a mixture of military charities, veteran owned businesses, community organisations, representatives from Balfour Beatty, Warwickshire Police, Fire & Rescue, 159 Royal Logistics Corps (RLC) Reservists from Coventry, representatives from 30 Signals Regiment who held a veterans fitness challenge and donated £500 to the Balfour Beatty VCP Building refurbishment. The event was opened by NBBC Mayor Cllr Chris Watkins, David Owen MBE Deputising for Warwickshire’s Lord Lt and Marcus Jones MP for Nuneaton.

Throughout the day the event attracted a reasonable attendance from the local community with over 1000 people attending. The main arena event was the annual Cadet v Veteran Gun team, with 121 Nuneaton Sqn ATC winning again, by a very short margin. Feedback from stall holders, the community and VIP’s again praised the event organisers for providing a great atmosphere and a safe event.

The Veterans Contact Point will be hosted AFD 2019, hopefully at a more central venue which it hopes will attract more of the community to attend, it is also encouraging and looking for more community groups to be involved in attractions for the main arena. Although the VCP did not receive any external funding, and did not charge any stall holders, standing the costs associated with this annual #SaluteOurForces event, they felt that monies were well spent and justified.

If you are interested in becoming involved either through helping organise the event, provide an arena demonstration or just to be there to #ShowYour Support to our Armed Forces Community, email, or telephone 02476343793