Veterans given help by young volunteers

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A PROJECT that helps veterans has been working with students to raise awareness of the needs of ex-service personnel.

The Portsmouth-based Company of Makers is taking part in University of Portsmouth’s Student Volunteering Week to inspire people in the city to volunteer.

(L-R): Roger Forman, Sam McCloskey, Rachel Owen, Jack Kelly, Cameron Bell and Steve Bomford ''''Picture: Sophie Day

(L-R): Roger Forman, Sam McCloskey, Rachel Owen, Jack Kelly, Cameron Bell and Steve Bomford ''''Picture: Sophie Day

Steve Bomford, co-founder of Company of Makers said: ‘We have worked with the university previously to increase understanding between armed forces and civilian communities.’

The project is a furniture recycling scheme for veterans and their immediate families based in and around Portsmouth.

The scheme puts on workshops for veterans to learn skills including custom design painting.

Volunteer Roger Forman said: ‘I joined the project after I retired as it gave me something to do but I really enjoy running the sessions and helping people achieve their aims.’

We’ve had many people using the word hero which is great but we like to get people thinking about what the word really means.

In association with Good Deed Day in Guildhall Square, project co-ordinators raised awareness of their #VeteranMeans campaign.

Mr Bomford said: ‘We are stopping people and asking them what they believe the meaning of a veteran is.

‘We’ve had many people using the word hero which is great but we like to get people thinking about what the word really means.’

Passers-by were then asked to write their word and have a photo taken which will appear on the project’s Facebook page.

Volunteers from the venture were joined by first year TV and film production students to help them create a promotional video.

Jack Kelly, 18, said: ‘The video that we are making is a part of a program called Island City Stories, which is working with businesses in local area to give them more recognition.

‘The hope is that video will be liked by the project and they wish to use it on their website and social media sites.’