Sharks Community Trust is excited to announce that thanks to funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust it will be expanding its exciting range of activities to work with ex-service personnel, serving personnel and their families in the Liverpool region.
The Trust’s second ‘Veteran’s Hub’ will meet on a Wednesday morning, out of Firwood Waterloo Rugby Club’s Memorial Ground on St Anthony’s Road in Blundellsands. The Trust is delighted with the support from Firwood Waterloo to utilise their grounds, and the use of the facility will enable both 1-2-1 meetings and group sessions between veterans and Trust staff, including the renovation of Firwood Waterloo’s Memorial Garden.
War Memorial at Firwood Waterloo Rugby Club
‘Social Sharks’ will engage communities from across the North West as a catalyst to promote connectivity by bringing people together in activities that support physical and mental wellbeing. The project will also enable veterans to reconnect with other generations through memory sharing activities.
Vicky Irwin Community Manager said,
We’re incredibly grateful firstly to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust for their support and secondly to Firwood Waterloo, without whom this support for the veteran community wouldn’t be possible. It is really exciting for us, as a Trust to expand out our offering to the Merseyside area through this fantastic project to deliver activities to combat the many negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking about the project, Firwood Waterloo President Paul Weare said,
We are proud to be working with Sharks Community Trust to help roll out a Veterans’ Hub for Merseyside, based at our Memorial Ground in Blundellsands. Working with charities such as Sharks Community Trust and delivering services for local people is a key part of our role as a community rugby club.
Our whole ground, which we moved to one hundred years ago this year, was designated as a memorial to members of the club who had lost their lives in the First World War, so it feels fitting that we can play our part in helping today’s veterans, current service personnel and their families.