First point of contact for Borders veterans

The tean that has set up the first Borders  Veterans' First Point

The tean that has set up the first Borders Veterans' First Point

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A one-stop that provides help and assistance for Borders veterans was launched last week.

Veterans F1rst Point is a new service offering confidential support to Veterans in need of help readjusting to civilian life.

The team comprises of both former armed services personal and healthcare professionals who focus on health and well-being and work in partnership with local agencies to provide information about health, welfare, housing and employment issues.

A number of veterans and agencies attended the launch at the Buccleuch Arms Hotel on Friday, June 24.

Deirdre Buckley, clinical psychologist at NHS Borders said: “It is great that so many people attended the launch event to support this new and exciting initiative in the Scottish Borders.

“If you would like to get in contact with the team please contact us on 01896 825550.”

Councillor John Greenwell added: “Since taking up the post of armed forces and veterans champion it has always been a thorn in my side that to get help for veterans we had to get them to the Central Belt.

“This was not ideal as it often proves difficult to get our more troubled veterans to venture out of their houses let alone get them to either Glasgow or Edinburgh, so I am delighted that we now have on our doorstep Veterans First Point Borders which is already proving to be well used.

“Deidre Buckley and her team are going to be a great asset within the Borders veterans’ family. As a member of the steering group for Veterans 1st Point, I will be their ears and eyes on the ground and will feed back to them any comments made at their regular meetings.”