Category Archive:VCP News

Planning in Process to Provide an On-line/Virtual Community & None-Emergency Support Services for Veterans across Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire.

The VCP is currently working on plans to be able to provide an on-line Veterans Virtual Community and contact service across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire providing support to veterans and their families.

We are conscious that there are many organisations and individuals “out there” doing fantastic work in supporting the shielded, older, at risk, and vulnerable community. Our aim is not to replace these existing services but to work with them and our Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire (CSW) Armed Forces Community (AFCC) Partnership to provide a complimentary service in support of these Community Resources.

We plan to develop and on-line Veterans Community using video and audio to help those who are going through social distancing/isolation, bringing together other UK Armed Forces Veterans using this media.

Our CSW AFCC Partnership Representatives will also be involved in providing information & advice on a range of topics from Housing Related Issues, Help on improving your Mental & Physical Wellbeing and activities such as Virtual Bingo/Quiz’s/Veterans Stories/Virtual Veterans Wives Clubs etc. We will evaluate and adapt this service to ensure we are meeting the needs of our Veterans Community. We are not experts, we are Veterans like yourself who are doing what we can.

We also hope to be able to provide our Elderly Veterans Community & those who have served during WW2 & other conflicts the facility to share their individual stories to help preserve the history of those who have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces from across our Region.

All your need to get involved is an email address and a PC/Laptop/Tablet, Mobile Phone to join the Virtual Community when it is launched. For those who are not on the internet/www – You can still ring in for a “Veterans Buddy Call” we will ensure that we remain in contact with you during this difficult time.

We will let our CSW Veterans Community know through our Partnership and the Veterans Contact Point’s own Social Media when the Virtual Community is live and accessible.

If support is needed we will refer individuals to sources of support which will include the CSW AFCC Partnership/Military Charities.

Remember if it is an None- Emergency: Police 101 or NHS please ring 111 for all Emergencies dial 999

COVID 19 Update – Please Stay In, Stay Safe, Protect Yourself and our NHS

Coronavirus 19 Government Update.

Number of cases
As of 9am on 30 March 2020, a total of 134,946 people have been tested, of which 112,805 were confirmed negative and 22,141 were confirmed positive.

As of 5pm on 29 March 2020, 1,408 patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have died.

The figures for test results and for deaths are compiled from different sources. This is why the figures for deaths are reported from an earlier point in time than the figures for test results.

Current UK Government Advice & Recommendations for COVID19:

1. Stay at home
2.Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
3. If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
4.Wash your hands as soon as you get home
5. Do not meet others, even friends or family.

Caution: You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

If you need help now, but it’s not an emergency
Go to 111.nhs.uk or call 111.

The VCP is closed temporarily following The UK Governments Instructions – We will continue to monitor our telephone and emails

This is an unprecedented and difficult time for all of us in the UK and across the rest of the world. We here at the Veterans Contact Point wish to thank everyone for offering their support to us to enable us to outreach to the Armed Forces Community. We wish you, your family and your friends to remain safe and well during these challenging times, and advise you to continue to follow the UK Government/NHS Advice and Instructions.

Many of our larger Military Charities have also taken steps to reduce face to face interactions with the Armed Forces Community in attempt to keep everyone safe.

Recently announcements have been made to cancel VE Day celebrations across the Country, which is very sensible and will help to ensure we are all safe and restrict the unnecessary spread of the virus in attempt to not overload the already stretched NHS.

We at present have not formally cancelled our Armed Forces Day event in June but are reviewing the current situation before making a decision at the end of April.

We encourage you all to keep in contact with other veterans – a phone call, a text, a direct message, or other social media contact will reassure them that you care and that you are there. Many call this a Buddy Check, I call it being human and showing you care.

As soon as it is safe for us to reopen we will inform everyone. We will remain “on listening” watch and receptive to emails contactus@veteranscontactpoint.co.uk and we are monitoring our Facebook and Twitter Accounts should you need to get in touch.


HRH Prince Charles Visits The Veterans Contact Point

Tuesday, 18th April 2020 was a very proud day in the life of The Veterans Contact Point and all who have been involved with this Nuneaton based Military Charity.

Following on from the Refurbishment Re-opening event in November 2019 opened by General The Lord Dannatt and Civil/Military Dignitaries and Veterans, HRH The Prince of Wales visited the charity to see first hand the work the VCP does in support of the Armed Forces Community Across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Area.

With nearly 80 veterans on Parade and Cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron ATC, Prince Charles was greeted with the usual pomp and circumstance befitting the future King. He toured the building and met many of the Military Charities and Organisations who help to support the needs of veterans and their families in our area.

A particular highlight of the day was being presented a Garland of Flowers from children of the local Gurkha/Nepalese Community and meeting the Children of Queens CofE Academy Junior School made the visit particularly pleasurable for HRH.

He was invited to unveil a plaque commemorating his visit, which now hangs proudly outside the new building. In his closing comments he thanked all involved for the work that they do in supporting Veterans and their families and appreciated the effort that was put into todays event, which he later commented as a friendly event to end his visit to the region.

Greeted by Sir Martin Dunne (VCP Patron) & David Owen MBE (VCP President)
HRH Prince Charles signing our guest book with Khalida our Volunteer Receptionist

The 18th February 2020 was a very proud day for all at the Veterans Contact Point when HRH Prince Charles visited the newly refurbished centre. He was greeted by over 30 Regimental Standards and over 12 Military Charities/Organisations who showed their support to the VCP.

Also present was young school children from Queens Academy Junior School our neighbouring school. The school head teacher Hannah and several young children also provided a stall in the partnership display area.

The Prince of Wales visited Veterans Contact Point in Nuneaton, a charity that was created, supports and is run by veterans. Armed Forces Centre, The prince was met be met by an honour guard of Standards, carried by local veterans and cadets. The Prince met several partner organisations who support the charity, including Combat Stress of which His Royal Highness has been Patron since 2003. The Prince will also meet staff and veterans who have been supported by the charity, including those from the local Parachute Regiment andRoyal Gurkha Rifles, both of which His Royal Highness is Colonel-in-Chief. The Prince was garlanded by a Gurkha family Picture: Arthur Edwards
HRH meets Dean Banks CEO Balfour Beatty who had provided the building refurbishment
HRH and the honour guard provided by cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron ATC

HRH Greeted by Len Hardy BEM our Executive Officer
HRH presented with a keep sake from the VCP by a son of a Gurkha Veteran
HRH meets the 2 I/C’s from 30 Signals & 159 Regiments
HRH & Sir Martin – preparing for the unveiling of the plaque commemorating his visit

Veteran & Author creates new Character ” Billy Bog Brush” to support the VCP in 2020

The VCP was approached by Ian Campbell (Veteran – Royal Anglian Regt) and Tim Constable (Illustrator) offering to provide readings for Children of Veterans/Serving Armed Forces and Community Groups from their range of children’s novels with the lead character ” Billy Bog Brush”.

They have already began their involvement via local schools and have testimonials on their website along with feedback from the children. The VCP has welcomed them aboard as our intentions are take up their kind offer when our Families orientated projects/services pick up in 2020.

You can access links and contact with Ian and Tim via the contact details provided on their autobiography shown below.

Authors and Billy will make a % donation of any money raised to the VCP.

Background history on the Authors of Billy Bogbrush

Support opens for Wives’, Girlfriends and Female Veterans

Last Saturday, 14th December the VCP opened its doors to its first female forum, which was hosted by Dawn Caswell a wife of a former Royal Signaller. Those who attended took the opportunity to bring a little Christmas cheer to the Reception and Training rooms. The female group thought the idea was a fantastic opportunity for females to get together and provide support to each other. Dawn is planning similar events in 2020 – watch this space for more details (We are planning for these to be on a Saturday morning – at least once monthly)

VCP Re-Opened on 9th October by General The Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL

After more than a year of closure Warwickshire’s only Local Military Charity reopened its doors to provide support to our Armed Forces Community. The opening event on the 9th October by Lord Dannatt helped to reinforce and recognise the important role played by The Veterans Contact Point to Veterans, The Serving Armed Forces Community, Local Authorities, Criminal Justice, Military Charities, Local Businesses and the wider Community from across the Warwickshire, Coventry & Solihull areas.

With nearly 100 delegates, hosted by Balfour Beatty, Warwickshire County Council and The Veterans Contact Point, were given the opportunity to look around this fantastic “Giving Back” project.

The project was supported by Warwickshire County Council, Balfour Beatty and it Supply Chain and The Veterans Contact Point.

A proud day for Veterans and the Volunteers & Staff who give so freely of their time and resources, to be gifted with a fantastic resource to support the efforts made daily to ensure ” No one gets left behind”. It is anticipated that the Veterans Contact Point will now also be able to provide a social arena for the Armed Forces Community, Serving & Veterans, who will be able to access a modern building fit for purpose and in providing a warm and welcoming arena for more than just access to support services.

Link via YouTube to the official initial & re-opening videos:

The opening video can also be located on The Veterans Contact Point Facebook and Twitter pages.

https://www.facebook.com/veteranscontactpoint/videos/898590427209597/

Back on the Right Foot – Veterans Moving Forward Together

A 6 week course designed by Veterans for Veterans aimed at equipping veterans and their families to better understand and improve their skills to enable integration and general awareness of mental wellbeing in a friendly non-clinical way starts 21st April 2020 at The Veterans Contact Point in Nuneaton. It will run between 10:00 and 14:00 and will be co-delivered by Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership Trust – Ex Armed Forces Service, The Recovery & Wellbeing Academy, The Veterans Contact Point and Ubique Partnerships.

The Course is completely FREE and aim at the Armed Forces Community – Those stills Serving, Veterans and their Families. Full details are shown on the attached poster. If you want more information please ring or email us: 02476 343793 contactus@veteranscontactpoint.co.uk

Wednesday is Sports Day – Veterans Golf Day

Want to bond with other veterans and enjoy their company, do you want to play golf even if you’re never played before but cant afford the kit or the costs?

The Veterans Contact Point is providing the opportunity and golf clubs to Veterans both Male & Female, and the venue & company to come together for a game of golf and a bacon sandwich. We can even support the costs of the game if you are unable to pay.

The poster shows full details: transport can be available as is golf clubs, balls etc. First Parade at The Veterans Contact Point, Horsa Building, Bentley Road, Nuneaton CV11 5LR on Wednesday 11th December 2019 at 0900.

First game will be hosted by Roger at Blaby Golf Course – opportunity is open to all veterans of all skill levels. If you are a Pro – great you can help share your skills with those who have no skills. Aim is to have fun and enjoy the open air.