Veterans get boost as NLC secures cash

Councillor Sam Love
Councillor Sam Love

Ex-service personnel have been given a major boost after North Lanarkshire Council secured community covenant grants for two projects.

The money will be used for a mentoring programme to help support veterans and give them the advice they need to make the often difficult transition to civilian life.

A sensory peace garden within Belhaven Park in Wishaw will be developed by the council’s Restorative Justice team later this year, in partnership with the Lanarkshire Yeomanry Group and the Lanarkshire Historical Society.

The grants awarded total £27,500 split between £11,500 for the mentoring programme and £16,000 for the project to create the sensory peace garden.

The community covenant projects are supported by ‘Firm Base’, established by the Ministry of Defence to develop policy and funding to support the military community and veterans in Scotland.

Councillor Sam Love, convener of Housing and Social Work Services, said: “We have an excellent relationship with the Armed Forces and Veterans Association and we are proud to support them and promote activities to help former service men and women into civilian life.

“The Armed Forces sacrifice so much for us and the least we can do is to let them know that we are here to support them when they need it.”

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