Newport Veterans Hub was launched in November 2019 at Bar Amber with the help of Newport County. Their aim is to bring all veterans together in a social environment whether they require their help or not. With a healthy mix of those who find themselves isolated & lonely to those in a family environment, this enables the group to create their own diverse social and support network and with a Hubs assistance.
The Newport Hub have a match day at Rodney Parade Stadium for both rugby and football games where they meet with either Newport County or Newport Dragons 2hrs before kick-off. They then watch the game in a safe and controlled environment to assist and comfort those with a fear of noisy or crowded places. These activities welcome family members too.
Newport Veterans Hub create opportunities for veterans to experience activities which may be completely new to them. As the Hub develops and expands its network it will include: Providing a free hot meal at each event to those in need, identify and provide support for veterans with mental health issues including PTSD, substance misuse and addictions, to provide lifestyle and wellbeing sessions addressing such topic as physical injuries/disfigurement and share personal experiences on how to adapt and overcome various challenges.
Collaboration with other veteran groups / specialists will provide training to veterans and their families to help detect and respond appropriately to early signs of mental health related issues & triggers within their home environment and include first aid training too.
Networking with other veteran charities will also provide free employment training opportunities in the construction industry, farming, forestry etc., as well as assist with confidence building & work preparation training.
Veterans are encouraged and supported with visiting schools, community centres, hospitals & care homes etc. They give talks on what military service life was like and how their experience has impacted on current life post-service. Talks such as this give veterans a sense of identity and purpose. From the public’s perspective, it’s good for them to see and hear accounts first-hand too, as so often our unsung heroes are undermined or ignored. This activity helps reconnect our veterans with their community, whilst also highlighting the great support of our veteran hubs & network.
You may donate directly to Newport Veterans Hub or for just £10pcm you can support them via VETERANS RAFFLE