A LIVERPOOL community project that supports veterans is one of 127 employers to have been recognised for supporting the Armed Forces community by the Ministry of Defence.
Veterans HQ, based on Breck Road, has been awarded the prestigious gold award in the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), and is a key Liverpool City Council partner on the city’s Strategic Group for Armed Forces Communities
The gold award recognises the support that Veterans HQ gives to all members of the Armed Forces community, including reservists, veterans and their wider families, and also acknowledges their advocacy role in encouraging other organisations to sign the Armed Forces Covenant.
The ERS is now in its seventh year and Liverpool City Council achieved its gold award in 2017 and the support of Veterans HQ was a vital part of the council’s success.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “It has been a privilege to support the work carried out by Veterans HQ during the past 10 years.
“I know that our partnership has helped many forces personnel and their families during this time and I believe it will continue to do so in the future.
“Our city faces many challenges but I’m confident that with organisations such as Veterans HQ we will come through this stronger and more resolute than before.”
Cllr Roy Gladden, Liverpool Armed Forces Champion, said: “Since its inception in 2010, the unique support packages supplied by Veterans HQ to the Armed Forces community has been varied, responsive and essential to their needs.
“I’m sure I speak on behalf of all those who have partnered Veterans HQ over the years when I say this is a very well-deserved award.”
Bob Blanchard, chairman of Veterans HQ, said: “It is with great pride that Veterans HQ received the gold award in the Employer Recognition Scheme.
“Our board, staff and our team of trained buddies have worked extremely hard over the last few years to ensure that the services we provide to our most vulnerable veterans is of a high quality and standard.
“Veterans HQ is a small charity and to be recognised nationally is a true achievement.”