OFFICIALS of the Skelmersdale Veterans’ Association have revealed plans for the establishment of their own Veterans Breakfast Club in the town following a visit to a similar operation in Leyland.
The Leyland club is held in a café in the town centre where former members of the armed forces, both male and female, and their family are invited to attend.
At the gatherings the veterans can enjoy a free sausage barm cake and a hot drink, plus the opportunity to chat to fellow ex-service personnel.
Having witnessed the success of the Leyland scheme first-hand, the Skelmersdale Veterans’ Association are hoping to start their own Veterans’ Breakfast Club in early September.
This will also allow former members of the armed forces to drop in for a sausage barm, a hot drink and a chat, and will be free to all veterans and family members.
The aim is to build stronger relationships between veterans.
The breakfast club will meet once a month at the Evermoor Hub Community Centre and there will be guest agencies dropping in every month.
Alan Lewis, from Skelmersdale Veterans’ Association, said: “The new project will demonstrate what local veterans can achieve when they work together in the community.
“Local veterans will be encouraged to develop further activities in future months and the association is working in partnership with other veterans’ associations and ex-service agencies.”
The group are also working closely with Wigan Athletic Community Trust to deliver walking football sessions to help improve the health of veterans.
It is hoped the walking football sessions will provide support for veterans who may feel isolated and alone in their community.
This project will start in September and classes will be held every week lasting for two hours and two coaches from Wigan Athletic will put the veterans through their paces.
Meanwhile Father Michael Thompson from St Richard’s Church, Old Skelmersdale has agreed to become Skelmersdale Veterans’ Association's new padre. He has just passed his military course at Sandhurst.