On parade at Armed Forces Day

VOLUNTEERS FROM Change Step helped to deliver a fantastic Armed Forces Day in Llandudno.

More than 100,000 people are thought to have descended on the sun-drenched resort for the national celebration — amongst them HRH The Princess Royal, Prime Minister Theresa May and First Minister Carwyn Jones.

Change Step supported the event by staffing registration desks for parading veterans, offering support and a quiet space for those who needed some rest following the parade, and distributing free copies of our support guide for older veterans in Wales.

Staff from CAIS Social Enterprises made 1,000 sandwiches to feed parading veterans visiting from throughout the UK, and offered high quality food and drink to many members of the public at Troop Cafe. And we helped a number of people supported by Change Step to take part in both the day itself and attend the event’s official flag-raising ceremony, including a number of beneficiaries of our Aged Veterans project.

 

Signifcant exposure

Staff and members of the Change Step’s advisory board were also able to mix with a number of key decision-makers from the veterans support sector during the week’s events.

Change Step would like to thank all volunteers — both from within CAIS and from our partners — who supported our efforts at Armed Forces Day, and during the preceding week. This national event generated significant exposure for our work with a number of important stakeholders, for many of our partners, and for the region.

Change Step was pleased to be involved in the planning stages for several months, alongside officials from the MOD and hosts Conwy County Borough Council. We were supported in our work by our friends from Blind Veterans UK and other veterans groups.

 

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