Category Archive:VCP News

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 contactus@veteranscontactpoint.co.uk, or telephone 02476343793

Balfour Beatty/VCP Armed Forces Refurbishment Project

Balfour Beatty & Warwickshire County Council in partnership with the Veterans Contact Point are soon to start a major refurbishment of our existing “Horsa Building” with first stage works beginning in early September 2018.

VCP’s Office/Building as is

New building following refurbishment – artists impression at this stage and may not be the final approved plan (subject to approval and consent)

New interior – some changes have already taken place (artists  impression of the proposed internal building – final layout subject to approval and consent)

The above diagrams and proposals are only an indication of the work being considered and exact details/plans are not yet confirmed.

The facility for emergency accommodation is also only an indication of a potential and should this opportunity manifest into reality, full risk assessments and consultations with interested parties will be taken prior to any veterans being afforded this service. Its is stressed that should we offer emergency overnight accommodation this will only happen when all other statutory provisions and other alternatives have been exhausted.

We are looking for support from our Armed Forces Community to be involved in working alongside Balfour Beatty be it from making the Tea or actual getting your hands dirty.

We would also welcome support through donations to support the work being done, this crowd funding page has been set up to help with the internal furniture and additional resources for the completed building, if you wish to support you can so this direct through the Veterans Contact Point (cheques payable to The Veterans Contact Point) where all funding will be allocated direct to the refurb or alternatively this can be done through:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/vcp-balfourbeatty 

Interest in getting involved? Ring us 02476343793 or email: contactus@veteranscontactpoint.co.uk

 

 

Balfour Beatty AFC/Veterans Job Opportunities Street Works/Highways

 

We are please to announce that Balfour Beatty through their Armed Forces Corporate Covenant and “Giving Back” initiative are keen to support former members of the Armed Forces (Veterans) into work in their Company. Initially this will be through their Warwickshire Country Council/Highways Contract. Offering full training, CSCS, Street Works Qualification through a Senior Apprenticeship up to NVQ Level 3. Full time, salary initially the living wage and up to £12 per hour.  Interested? Then send you CV and a covering letter to the Veterans Contact Point via email: recruitment@veteranscontactpoint.co.uk

 

Armed Forces Day – Warwick District 21st June 2018

Where: Royal Regiment of Fusilier’s Museum St John’s House, Warwick CV34 4NF

When: Saturday 21 July, 11am − 3pm

Warwickshire’s Armed Forces Day Gala Event, Saturday 30th June 2018

 

The Veterans Contact Point will host Warwickshire’s 2018 Armed Forces Day Gala Event Saturday 30th June. #SaluteOurForces

 

 

 

As for previous years it will be held at The Gala Field off Avenue Road/Dunns Close, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV11 5NE. Public Access from 10:00 to 16:00.

Join us in celebrating our annual “Show of Support” to our Armed Forces Community, entrance is FREE for members of the public.

We welcome market traders, large and small, community organisations and charities who would like to sell goods or raise awareness at Warwickshire’s Premier Armed Forces Day event. For further details and booking forms please contact: The Armed Forces Day Team Telephone 02476343793 or via email: contactus@veteranscontactpoint.co.uk

 

Free Course for Veterans running in Atherstone, North Warwickshire starting 16th April 2018

A free Therapeutic Therapy  Course provided by Little Ems will start on 16th April 2018 between 1330-1630 running every two weeks for 6 sessions in total. Please see attached flyer for full course details. If you are interested please contact Em on 07572 266472 for more information.

Merry Christmas from the Team at The Veterans Contact Point

We wish all of our Armed Forces Community and their Families, past and present a Merry Christmas and safe New Year.

 

We will close our drop in centre in Nuneaton from Friday 22nd December and re-open on Tuesday 2nd January 2018, to spend time with our own families and friends. Stay safe and thank you for your support in 2017