Veterans and ex national servicemen drop in centre

Every other Thursday at the Bridge Coffee Shop 10.30 until 12.30

The Bridge Coffee Shop Bolton
109 Bradford St, Haulgh, Bolton BL2 1JX

A NEW Veterans’ Drop-In Support Centre to help ex-services personnel has been opened in Bolton at the Bridge Church Conference Centre on Bradford Street.

The volunteer run service will be open fortnightly on Thursdays between midday and 2pm starting on the 7 October with volunteer advisers available informally every other week from 10.30 until 12.30 commencing on the 14 October. It is hoped to move to full weekly sessions from January 2021. Light refreshments’ will be available at very competitive prices.

Apart from being a welcoming place for people to meet and socialise, the new service will assist with mental health issues (PTSD), homelessness, benefits information, job searching, the provision of essential items and reducing social isolation.

Veterans who have identified as having debt problems will be directed to Christians Against Poverty for support.

Bolton has an estimated 20,000 people with a military connection, many of them ex-national servicemen now in their 70s, 80s and 90s.

At the official launch, the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Linda Thomas, praised the project and said “this is much needed here.”

 The Bolton Guild of Help is behind the new centre. With the support of the Armed Forces Covenant

For more information please contact the Guild on 01204 524858 Monday to Wednesday between 9.30am and 2.30pm. Or by e-mailing