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Forum event to be held for Liverpool Armed Forces

A third forum meeting will be held next week for Liverpool Armed Forces.

The forum had its inaugural meeting in January and is a platform for organisations offering services to people who have left the Armed Forces and their families as well as those who are still serving.

Next week’s meeting will be held on Wednesday 9 December, from 9.30am-11am and will take place online, via Zoom.

The theme of this session is “Supporting veterans to lead a law-abiding life”.

Organisations that have not attended previous forum meetings are invited to attend – as well as those who have been to either of the previous two meetings – and booking must be made in advance via Eventbrite – www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/liverpool-armed-forces-forum-tickets-131188411069

Please note, the session is not open to members of the public.

Speakers at December’s event are:

  • Andrew Holsgrove – Armed Forces champion, Merseyside Police
  • Steve Lowe – North of England manager, Project Nova
  • Bob Blanchard, chairperson and senior case worker, and Andy Cooke, custody co-ordinator and co-chairperson – Veterans HQ , speaking about their New Beginnings Programme
  • Declan Sammin – Prevent engagement officer, Liverpool City Council, will present about the Prevent agenda

The event will be chaired by Colleen Martin, Liverpool City Council’s Armed Forces strategic lead.

Liverpool City Council leads a long-established strategic group for Armed Forces Communities however the forum was set up to capture the variety of services and support available to the Armed Forces community in the city.

Cllr Roy Gladden, Liverpool’s Armed Forces champion, said: “Liverpool has a long and proud relationship with the Armed Forces community and Liverpool City Council has underlined its commitment by continuing to drive its Armed Forces Forum throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This meeting in particular is a great opportunity to hear about some of work that is being achieved in supporting some of our most vulnerable veterans – those who may have come into contact with the criminal justice system.

“I would urge any organisation that was unable to attend the previous two meetings to get involved next week – we really want to hear what you think.”

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

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