Somerset veterans encouraged to seek employment support

Dan Hodges General

Veterans in Somerset who have health conditions and would like to get back into work are encouraged to get in touch with The Poppy Factory.

The appeal follows funding of £12,000 from four Tesco Bags of Help schemes in the county through grants raised from carrier bag sales. Shoppers across Somerset showed their support for ex-servicemen and women by casting their votes using tokens given out in store.

The total included £4,000 from the Tesco Extra in Yeovil, which The Poppy Factory’s regional Employability Coordinator Farrah Webb visited to receive the cheque on August 1st.  Another £4,000 was awarded to The Poppy Factory through votes cast at the Superstore in Glastonbury, along with £2,000 each from the Superstores in Chard and Wells.

The funding will help The Poppy Factory support more wounded, sick and injured veterans in Somerset and the South West region.

Deirdre Mills, Chief Executive of The Poppy Factory, said:

“We are so grateful to everyone in Yeovil, Glastonbury, Chard and Wells who showed their support for our wounded, injured and sick veterans by using their tokens to vote for The Poppy Factory.
“This important funding will go directly to our employability programme, helping us support many more ex-Forces men and women who want to flourish in new jobs and careers, no matter what health conditions and other barriers they may face.”

Veterans who have a physical or mental health condition and would like support moving back into work can click here to register or call 020 8940 3305.

Find out more about our Getting You Back to Work service.
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