City Council gives isolated Veterans a helping hand to keep in touch
A Worcester charity has joined forces with the City Council to purchase five computer tablets, to help Veterans who are in isolation stay in contact with the wider world.
Stepway, a local charity launched in 2019 to help Veterans readjust to civilian life, is lending the equipment to individuals who have no home access to a computer.
Worcester City Council provided a £500 community grant to cover 50% of the cost, with the charity match funding the other half through donations.
"This is a very challenging time for everyone – but it's particularly hard for people living on their own who have no access to a computer," said Cllr Chris Mitchell, the City Council's Armed Forces Champion who spent 20 years in the Army himself.
"The City Council is proud to support local Veterans who've done so much in the past to keep us all safe.Now it's our turn to help them."
Dawn Turner, Founder of the Stepway charity said:"The kindness and continued support of Worcester people has given local Veterans the opportunity to keep in touch with their friends and loved ones.
"This will really improve their mental health by reducing their exclusion in these unprecedented times."
The IT equipment will also help the Veterans to access online counselling sessions, join Skype drop-in group meetings and access an online Civilian Skills programme.