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VIDEO: Surrey veterans enjoy community support thanks to drop-in hubs

A children’s choir provided Christmas entertainment for Epsom and Ewell veterans at a drop-in hub to support them in their community.

The Epsom and Ewell Veterans Community Hub is one of several around Surrey aimed at expanding support for former servicemen and women, both younger and older. As well as offering practical advice, the hubs foster friendships and is an opportunity to socialise with people who have had similar experiences. For details of hubs throughout the county click here.

Since it began in May, the Epsom and Ewell hub, a partnership between the Royal British Legion, Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, Surrey County Council and Forces Connect South East, has seen a big increase in the number of veterans attending.

At its latest monthly meeting, veterans enjoyed a Christmas recital from a choir of six and seven-year-olds from Wallace Fields Infant School, Epsom, with food provided by Nando’s Epsom.

One veteran who attended the event said: “I’d like to stress the importance of it. It’s very important to get people out who spent a lot of time on their own. The company has been excellent, and I can only praise this event and hope it lasts for a long time.”

A group of five veterans who regularly attend the hub have built friendships as a result of the meetings. They occasionally meet outside of the hub, with some assisting others to meetings each month. The drop-in is held on the first Wednesday of every month at the Comrades Club, Epsom, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, with the next event on 5 February covering ‘Friends Against Scams’.

Watch the Wallace Fields Infant School performance and hear from the veterans who attend the events:


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