Veterans Network Event At Liberty Stadium

If you work with former armed forces personnel or reservists this is for you!

The Wave and Swansea Sound - in partnership with Hugh James Solicitors and Swansea City Football Club will be staging a Veteran Network Event at the Liberty Stadium on Friday, July the 19th, 2019.

Charities, organisations, education and training providers, employers, those in the health, social services, housing sector, in the police or criminal justice service are being invited to attend the day.

It's an opportunity for everyone to come together to find out about what is going on in our region to support veterans leaving the armed forces.

There will be an area for organisations to showcase their work, a veteran legal clinic, pop up cafe and guest speakers.

British Army medic Paul 'Tug' Hartley whose bravery was depicted in the award-winning war movie Kajaki: The True Story will be among those sharing their story on the day.

Corporal Hartley, saved the lives of three horribly wounded comrades trapped in a Taliban minefield in Afghanistan in 2006. 

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Careers Wales, NHS Veterans Wales and Job Centre Plus will be among the organisations attending on July 19th at the Liberty Stadium.

CITB the Construction Industry Training Board is also supporting our event. Its job is to work with industry to encourage training, which helps build a safe, professional and fully qualified workforce.

Advisor Alison Rees  works with 698 companies that are construction related and registered with CITB. She recently brought together lots of firms in the area to take part in fundraising walk up Pen y Fan for Hire a Hero - which helps get veterans into work. Alison told us there there will be lots of job and apprenticeship opportunities for former armed forces personnel on the day.

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Over the past few months The Wave and Swansea Sound has been meeting with organisations to discuss ways in which our radio stations can highlight the key issues affecting those leaving service.

One of the recurring things that kept coming up was people saying they felt a loss of identity. So we linked up with former Welsh rugby legend Ian Gough - that's something he can relate to. He is regional ambassador for the charity Hire a Hero and told us about his experiences.

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Our Veteran Network Event aims to highlight what is available for those seeking new career opportunities. Communities for Work Plus in Neath Port Talbot was one of the first organisations to sign up.

It's been in talks with the charity Care after Combat to look at developing a pilot project to help those rebuilding their lives after being in custody.

LISTEN to interview with spokesman Andrew Pearce here: 

There are calls for more to be done to help veterans in Wales and England suffering from PTSD and mental health problems.

Norman McGuigan from Minds at War often drives across the country helping provide support to those who are vulnerable.

He'll be speaking at our event on Friday.

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Jamie Jones made headlines when he became the youngest person to serve in Afghanistan. He flew out on his first tour when he was just turning eighteen.

Jamie suffers from complex PTSD - when things got so bad for him, his family contacted Norman at Minds at War - he says it saved his life and he now helps others going through a tough time.

LISTEN to his journey here:

If you want to have a stall for your organisation on the day please click link and sign up here: https://www.thewave.co.uk/local/veterans-network-day/

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