06April

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has awarded Wiltshire Citizens Advice more than £6,000

We are delighted to have been awarded more than £6,000 by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity to support services to serving soldiers, their families and veterans.

Wiltshire has for centuries had a very close association with the army, and a significant proportion of our staff, volunteers and trustees have a military background or are from military families.

By 2020 driven by the army basing programme, we will have approximately 25% of the army based in Wiltshire, including several thousand new families coming back from overseas.

Suzanne Wigmore, CEO, Wiltshire Citizens Advice

Suzanne Wigmore, CEO of Wiltshire Citizens Advice said:

“We recognise that we need to increase our capacity to provide advice to serving soldiers, their families and veterans as well as working more closely with other organisations providing support both outside charities and from within the army.

“This funding will allow us to work with the Army Welfare Service, Unit Welfare Officers and SSAFA across Wiltshire. We will establish direct referral routes between the partnership advice services and also support them with joint training, and hold joint drop in sessions to provide a more accessible advice. We will be able to use various army communications channels to promote our joint advice services and make sure that those who need advice find it easy to reach us.

“The project will also strengthen civilian/military integration by working with local organisations to attract military spouses and veterans to train as voluntary advisers for Wiltshire Citizens Advice and work alongside existing volunteers. This would offer skills building and social integration opportunities to the military as well as creating greater awareness and understanding of military needs amongst our own volunteer advisers.”

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