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Funding Received To Launch Pools Vets Club

29 January 2018

British Legion

HUCSF has been successful in applying to run a Pools Vets Club Our project looks to build on the Club's on-going commitment to the Armed Forces.

Hartlepool United are proud holders of the Armed Forces Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award, becoming the first Football Club in the country to achieve this status in 2016.

The Club are committed to working towards silver and we are keen to play an integral part in this.

Our project will utilise the strength of community engagement that the Club has in Hartlepool, we have a great track record of engaging those people other organisations class as 'hidden' or 'hard to reach'.

We do this by providing activities that people want to take part in, in inspiring venues and led by motivated, friendly and caring staff.

We will deliver a project that combines outreach activity in care homes and community settings to engage older, socially isolated veterans with regular hub activities at the stadium including lunch and breakfast clubs, drop-in sessions, 'men's shed' activities and a wide-range of sport and physical activities for veterans to take part in at a level appropriate to them.

Working-age veterans will also be supported to achieve sports coaching qualifications and gain meaningful work experience that leads to improved employment opportunities.

Social isolation and loneliness are big problems in society as a whole, and this can be especially true for veterans. Our project seeks to address these issues in a way that works for veterans that they feel comfortable with by using sport as the initial engagement tool.

From that we will work with veterans of all ages to improve their general health and well-being, increase physical activity levels and help them to build up their peer-support network and knowledge of where they can go to for help when it is required.

For working-age veterans we will be providing specific support to assist with the transition into meaningful and rewarding employment and providing access to qualifications and work experience that significantly aid this process.

A large number of veterans live in the north-east and high numbers of veteran’s report depression and loneliness as big issues.

Mobility and self-care are also problems in older veterans and our project seeks to address all these issues.

The project will fund two part-time workers:

Veterans Co-ordinator – Employability 20 hours per week – click here for vacancy details.

Veterans Co-ordinator - Older People 20 hours per week – click here for vacancy details.

For those wishing to apply for the part-time posts please contact:

Keith Nobbs Tel: 01429 862595 or email hucsf@hartlepoolunited.co.uk


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