A big thankyou to our operatives Stuart Bailey and Graham White from our Plymouth offices, who recently volunteered a day of their time to paint the Weymouth Veterans Hub’s Gym and garden walls with paint and materials donated by Ian Williams.
After completing the café through some grants and local fundraising, the Hub developed a garden to allow Veterans to grow produce for the café and offer it to the local community for a small donation. And rather than sitting on his laurels, the team decided the Hub would further benefit from a gym.
The Amey team were more than happy to offer their services and with paint donated by Ian Williams, we spent a day painting the interior of the gym along with the surrounding garden wall. We’ve also committed to return later this year to give the exterior a coat of paint too.
John Arnold, Amey’s Delivery Manager, helped to organise the day and said: “It was great to be able to do something that will benefit our local Veterans both mentally and physically. A real team spirit was evident during the day and I’d like to thank everyone who brought along cakes and coffee to keep us going.”
The Veterans Hub was established in 2018 by ex-Rifles soldier Andy Price, who was concerned about the accessibility of mental health care to former troops in Dorset. This led to weekly drop in sessions being hosted at the Hub, to offer support and guidance to Veterans who are experiencing difficult times.
Andy said “Our aim is to give people a sense of purpose and rebuild their confidence. Built by veterans for veterans’ is our motto and that’s what we are doing here.” He added that the Hub aims to provide a venue where local community support groups can link up, enabling those in need of help to find everyone and everything they need in one place.”