Free lunch for older veterans as Troop Café throws open its doors for summer
OLDER VETERANS and their families marked the summer reopening of Llandudno’s Troop Café – with a forces-friendly free lunch!
Around 20 ex-services personnel and families enjoyed sharing stories and viewing displays of military memorabilia as part of the event, organised by Change Step’s Aged Veterans project.
It brings together older veterans in our communities, helps to combat isolation and loneliness, and provides targeted mentoring support for veterans aged 65 and over.
Project manager Claire Jones said her team was already working with dozens of older veterans throughout Conwy and Denbighshire.
“It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces at our lunch at Troop Café.
“Our project is here to help older veterans connect with one another, and navigate the various sources of help they can access.
“This event is just one example of how we support veterans and their families throughout Conwy and Denbighshire with social events, regular meet-ups, and a telephone befriending service.”Claire Jones
The Troop Café veterans’ hub, on Llandudno’s Mostyn Broadway coachpark, is now open between 10.30am and 6pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the summer season.
The social enterprise provides a fantastic range of great value food and drink – with all proceeds supporting the work of national veterans’ project Change Step.
Mentors from Change Step host a drop-in for veterans on Thursday afternoons, with a dedicated information session for older veterans taking place between 1.30 and 3.30pm every Friday from April 20.
The former chapel building, which is decorated with pictures, flags and other military artefacts, also offers training and volunteering opportunities for people who need help to access the jobs market.
➡ More information about Troop Café is available at www.cais.co.uk/troopcafe
➡ The Change Step Aged Veterans project is delivered in partnership with Hafal and Age Connects North Wales Central, and supported by the Royal British Legion through the Aged Veterans Fund, funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds.
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