The Northern Ireland Veterans Commissioner’s Office held its ninth in a series of Veterans’ Information Roadshows in the historic town of Carrickfergus recently, and was kindly supported by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.
The aim of the Information Roadshows is to better inform veterans of ‘veteran friendly’ services and organisations within their local and regional areas that can assist, if and when needed. There was an excellent turnout from the veteran community in Carrickfergus Town Hall, who were able to engage with over twenty-five support organisations and charities and also listen to informative presentations on the role and remit of the Veterans’ Support Office; the work of Inspire Wellbeing, one of the mental health charities that supports veterans across the island of Ireland, and the Victims’ Payment Scheme.
Mayor Noel Williams welcomed everyone to the event and the Council’s Veterans’ Champion, Alderman Billy Ashe, informed those present of a number of veteran initiatives that will be rolled out in the Borough.
During the course of the event, the Veterans Commissioner, Mr Danny Kinahan, made the following remarks;
“One of the main issues that I’ve heard from veterans as I’ve travelled throughout Northern Ireland is that many veterans don’t know where to go for help or don’t know what support is out there for them. It is therefore hoped that these Roadshows will go some way to help address this problem.
“When our country faced civil war at the hands of terrorism, it was you the veterans who answered the call to stand up and protect those who could not protect themselves. Sadly some made the ultimate sacrifice while many still carry the scars, both mentally and physically. That is why it is so important that veterans know where they can get help when they need it.
“As your voice I will continue to use my position to press and influence our political representatives, whether at Westminster or here locally, the statutory agencies and others to ensure they fulfil their responsibilities, and I will do my utmost to be a strong voice and tireless advocate on behalf of all veterans who have given so much in service to their country”.
Our next Veterans Infromation Roadshow is planned for Wednesday 22 March 23 in the Spectrum Centre, Shankill Road, Belfast. If you would like to attend please register here. An Electronic invite will be sent out the week prior.
In the meantime if you, a veteran friend or a fanily member is in need of help, assistance or advice please get in touch.
Tel: 028 2548 3166