Armed Forces Day in Liverpool

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Do you provide services and advice for former Armed Forces personnel in Liverpool? If so, Liverpool City Council wants to hear from you!

Thursday 30 January sees the first meeting of the new Armed Forces Forum for Liverpool that will give organisations offering services to people who have left the Armed Forces the chance to discuss issues, ask questions and share ideas.

The city already has a long-established strategic group for Armed Forces, chaired by the city’s Armed Forces champion Cllr Roy Gladden, but it was felt there should be a wider group to capture the variety of services and support in the city.

The first forum will be held at the Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT, from 10am-noon.

Speakers at the event will include:

  • Colleen Martin, assistant director, supporting communities, Liverpool City Council, will speak about the city’s commitment, vision and priorities for everyone who has left service.
  • Major (Retd) Geoff Nuzum, head of engagement, the North West of England and the Isle of Man Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (NW RFCA) will share his own experiences of transitioning out of the Army and what he learnt working as welfare officer
  • Lt Cdr Lee Paddock, retention, transition and resettlement Support, HQ NW, and Laura Horner, personnel support officer, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, will lead a mythbusting session about transition.

Invitations to the forum have been sent directly to known organisations in the city, but the council is keen to get as many services as possible involved. Please note, it is not open to members of the public.

If you would like to attend please register your interest via Eventbrite . The event is free to attend.

It is anticipated that the forum will meet twice a year. Liverpool City Council currently holds the Armed Forces Covenant gold award of the Employer Recognition Scheme and also hosts the website Service Leavers Liverpool – www.serviceleaversliverpool.co.uk

Cllr Roy Gladden, Liverpool’s Armed Forces champion, said: “We’re already very proud of how the city supports and engages with its residents who have served their country – but we are always looking for ways to do better.

“Leaving the Armed Forces is a big change for everyone, not least the wider family, and in the city it is vital that we offer a range of services for everyone whatever their experience may be.

“We know that sometimes that transition is harder for some than for others and our partners do an incredible job of supporting those who may be having a tougher time. But it is equally important that we’re ready to offer a helping hand to service leavers who are ready to hit the ground running when they arrive on Civvy Street.

“The first meeting of the forum will not only give organisations a chance to get together and share ideas but we will be celebrating all the good work that the council and its partners has been doing for many years.”

Geoff Nuzum, head of engagement at the NW RFCA, said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to take part in Liverpool City Council’s first stakeholder event. The support the city provides to its veteran community is already very good and I know first-hand from my experience as a former Army welfare officer how important local authority support can be to those service personnel, their families and veterans who need it at some time in their life.

“This stakeholder event is a great opportunity for the city’s veterans’ organisations to come together to share best practice and work together to further strengthen the city’s commitment to the defence community.”