SHARKS LAUNCH VETERANS’ HUB WITH FIRWOOD WATERLOO TO COMBAT SOCIAL ISOLATION
Firwood Waterloo is working with Sharks Community Trust to create a Veteran’s Hub at the Memorial Ground, rolling out an exciting new range of activities for ex-service personnel, serving personnel, and their families, in the Liverpool area.
Run by Sharks Community Trust and funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, this second ‘Veteran’s Hub’ will meet on a Wednesday morning, at Firwood Waterloo’s Memorial Ground on St Anthony’s Road in Blundellsands.
Meeting at the Players’ Bar of the Club, which features two war memorials, the Hub will facilitate both 1-2-1 meetings and group sessions between veterans and Trust staff, including the renovation of Firwood Waterloo’s Memorial Garden, welfare walks and other activities.
‘Social Sharks’ will engage communities across the North West as a catalyst to promote connectivity by bringing people together in activities that support physical and mental wellbeing. The project will also enable veterans within the community to reconnect with other generations through memory sharing activities.
Speaking about the project, Firwood Waterloo President Paul Weare said: “We are proud to be working with Sale Sharks Community Trust to help roll out a Veterans’ Hub for Merseyside, based at our Memorial Ground in Blundellsands. Working with charities delivering services for local people is a key part of our role as a community rugby club.
“Our whole ground, which we moved to a hundred years ago this year, was designated as a memorial to members of the club who had lost their lives in the First World War, so it feels fitting that we can play our part in helping today’s veterans, service personnel and their families.”
Vicky Irwin Community Manager said, “We’re incredibly grateful firstly to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust for their support and secondly to Firwood Waterloo, without whom this support to the veteran community wouldn’t be possible. It is really exciting for us, as a Trust to expand out offering to the Merseyside are through this fantastic project to deliver activities to combat the many negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.”