Community National Executive Council member and army veteran Reg Gutteridge has recorded a video calling on reps and members to support the union’s homeless veterans appeal.
One of the union’s priority campaigns is on homelessness with a particular focus on ending veteran homelessness. As part of the campaign, the union is collecting warm clothing, coats and sleeping bags for distribution through veterans charities, such as the Royal British Legion, during the winter.
Tom Blenkinsop, Community’s Operations Director, said:
“There are far too many veterans sleeping rough in the UK today, and they are being consistently let down by this government.”
“Community members took the decision to make tackling veteran homelessness our priority campaign and ending this plight will be central to the union’s work over the coming years.”
“As the temperature starts to drop ahead of what is due to be a long cold winter, we’re asking our members as well as their family and friends to do their bit by making donations of warm winter clothes to help the homeless. Each coat or hat or even sleeping bag donated could have a huge impact on the life of a homeless veteran over these cold months so I urge everyone to think about things they may be able to donate.”
Reps are encouraged to set up collections at their workplaces and then drop off the donations at Community’s regional offices.
Reg, a veteran of 29 Commando, and part of the priority campaign team, referred to reports that a homeless veteran has recently passed away in Wakefield as nighttime temperatures dip below zero. Explaining why he wants people to respond to Community’s homeless veterans appeal, he said:
“It’s now getting critical that we help our veterans. It’s going to be a harsh winter, and we’re appealing to all our friends in Community to help us help them.”
According to the Royal British Legion, there are 6,000 homeless veterans across the UK.
The union will continue to campaign to help end veterans homelessness over the next 18 months. If you want to get involved, you can sign up to our newsletter here.