Welcome to Supporting Our Brave in Blackpool!


Supporting Our Brave is a registered Community Interest Company (CIC) Registered No. 7366775 which was formed to offer a range of services for the Veteran, members of our Armed Forces and their families. The directors, staff and vast majority of the volunteers are Veterans themselves and work on a 'mates helping mates' attitude. Care, consideration and a sympathetic attitude is always shown to visitors whether just visiting the free admission exhibition or someone seeking help and advice. There are an estimated 4 million veterans alive today. A veteran is classed as anyone who has served in HM Armed Forces. Each year 26,000 leave the forces and return to civilian life. 
Most lead full and productive lives in the community but sadly some do not. There are an estimated 8,500 veterans in prison who have fallen by the wayside. The Ministry of Defence figures show that up to 2,000 members of the armed services are being diagnosed every year with a psychiatric condition after serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. This includes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Homelessness amongst Veterans is a problem everywhere. In London alone there are an estimated 1,000 rough sleepers who have served in HM Armed Forces.
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Exibition

It is laid out in a free admission exhibition which is open Monday to Saturday 10 am – 4 pm. For more information about the exhibition or if any party or school group would like to visit, please contact 01253 62-66-66.
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Advice and Guidance

Supporting Our Brave links with many public, private and voluntary sector stakeholders to deliver a range of services to our Armed forces, Veterans and their families. A warm welcome awaits everyone and staff and volunteers will be able to talk at ease with anyone seeking help and advice.

Case Study 1

45 year old Veteran Gary S suffered from depression and divorced from his wife, lost his job, self esteem and self respect. Gary was helped by volunteers and staff who 'brought him back from the brink' and found him a full time job. Gary is now off medication and leads a full and active life.

Case Study 2

Andrew R has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. A Royal Navy Veteran, Andy would not leave his house and was very shy and retiring because of his illness. Volunteers and staff work with Andy to up his confidence levels and he now is able to communicate with confidence and his self esteem is growing week by week.

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Raising Awareness

There are an estimated 4 million veterans alive in the UK today. Most live fruitful lives in today's community but do we know who they are. We can only recognise a veteran if they either wear the Veterans Badge or they are on parade with their medals and regimental badges etc. Supporting Our Brave will endeavour to raise the profile of Veterans in today's community and to encourage employers to engage with Veterans with their transferrable skills, reliability and sense of duty.
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Intergenerational and Educational

Supporting Our Brave is strongly committed to working with youth and to narrow the gap between the generations. It is their aim to have all local schools twinned with a local ex-service association branch and to create working practices and intergenerational opportunities. The free admission exhibition which portrays the work Supporting Our Brave does welcomes residents, students and visitors who may wish to visit the unit and talk to volunteers from the veteran community. Educational resource packs will be made available.

Case Study

Supporting Our Brave is strongly committed to working with youth and to narrow the gap between the generations. It is their aim to have all local schools twinned with a local ex-service association branch and to create working practices and intergenerational opportunities. The free admission exhibition which portrays the work Supporting Our Brave does welcomes residents, students and visitors who may wish to visit the unit and talk to volunteers from the veteran community. Educational resource packs will be made available.

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Remembrance and Memorial

There are over 65 regimental associations and more than 75 service and ex-service associations in the UK, many visiting Blackpool for reunions, AGM's and social events. It is Supporting Our Brave aims to ensure all veterans and members of HM Armed Forces who visit the resort to have an enjoyable time and to have the respect of the town of Blackpool bestowed upon them. Many of the resorts, shops, pubs, restaurants, attractions and venues will want to warmly welcome veterans and serving personnel and Supporting Our Brave will endeavour to identify these facilities. Blackpool boasts a wonderful Cenotaph and only the second Memorial Arboretum in the UK and Supporting Our Brave will work with associations who may wish to visit them.

Case Study

Veterans from the Aden Veterans Association visited Blackpool for a social weekend. Supporting Our Brave produced a welcome to Blackpool flyer and distributed them to all members. Many visited the exhibition and supported the local economy by purchasing goods from local shops.

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Local Veterans

Supporting Our Brave works very closely with the Fylde Ex-Service Liaison Committee which is a partner organisation of Blackpool's Armed Forces Week steering group – the biggest in the UK. Both are committed to honouring our armed forces past present and future and will tirelessly work together to ensure their aims and objectives are met.

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