As Aldershot is known as the home of the Army, The Shots Foundation Vets Hub is uniquely placed to help provide support through the Hub.
With advice and support from Simple Solutions (led by the wonderful Roger and Lucy Nield) and Lt Colonel Paddy Baines, Garrison Commander and one of our Trustees we quickly got the ball rolling and opened the doors to our inaugural meeting at The EBB Stadium (the home ground of Aldershot Town FC) in May and welcomed ex-servicemen and local services for tea, coffee, biscuits and a chat!
The Hub is a key place for veterans and their families to come to in times of crisis and tough times. In addition to this, we hope the Hub will become a staging post to other services, as well as offering drop in clinics and advice services from the mainstream charities and local government services. The Veterans Hub, above all things, will bring together veterans within the local community in order that none of them ever feel left behind or forgotten about.
We meet on the first Wednesday of the month – and the Hub is growing from to strength with a few Vets becoming regulars. In addition to our coffee mornings we give our Vets free tickets to attend our league matches – a scheme that has benefitted several Vets that now look forward to weekends and the opportunity to watch football matches in a safe and fun atmosphere.