As Remembrance Sunday approaches, Community has officially launched its campaign so the union can play its part in ending veteran homelessness. So far, the union has created a survey for its members to feed in their ideas as well as their relationship to the armed forces; started a newsletter to help people to engage with the campaign; and built a new campaign section on its website.
The union has also recently met with the Royal British Legion as well as John Healey MP, the Shadow Housing Secretary. This followed the union getting a motion passed at Labour Party conference last month on veteran homelessness.
Tom Blenkinsop, Community’s Operations Director, homelessness campaign lead and army reservist, said:
“At this time of year, as we draw closer to Remembrance Sunday, our campaign aimed at ending veteran homelessness draws sharp focus on our need to remember our serving and former armed forces personnel in need at all times.
“Many of Community’s members served and serve, they have family members who served and serve. It was Community members’ clear view to help end veteran homelessness.
“But providing shelter to both our female and male veterans is not enough; it is simply one step. The transition from soldier to civilian is often the most difficult part of a veteran’s life.
“We must campaign to assist them to achieve the tools to empower themselves, so they themselves can reclaim their self-worth and dignity.
“That’s why over the next nineteen months we will be engaging with various bodies in Government and the third sector to make sure we can have as profound an impact as possible.
“Our members’ engagement and participation is vital in this campaign’s success.”
During the coming months branch representatives will be collecting warm winter clothes, supporting the Royal British Legion in fundraising and paying respects at Remembrance Sunday events.
The homelessness campaign was voted for by delegates at the union’s conference in June.
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