The Sandbag Times Issue No: 51

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The Veterans Magazine

The Tommy Atkins Centre

Tommy Atkins Centre January

Here’s wishing all our readers a safe and

enjoyable New Year. We are all really looking

forwards to our opening on Friday January 18th

at 12.00 when Matt Neal will be with us to

officially launch our new centre.

2018 saw us assisting many veterans around

the Worcester area, and also the launch of our

new VORTS (Veterans Online Rewind Therapy

System) which is a unique and extremely

successful way of helping our veteran

community in times of mental health crisis.

01905 813639 is the number you need to keep

somewhere safe, or visit our website

https://www.tommyatkins.co.uk and use the

skype option bottom right of the screen.

We’re also very thrilled to have assisted a

veteran locally over the last four weeks, who

was initially suicidal and homeless when we

first met him, and whom we have successfully

BTCC Champion, Matt Neal to Open

New Tommy Atkins Centre

Sandbag Times Patron and three times British

Touring Car Champion Matt Neal will officially open

the new Tommy Atkins Centre on 18th January

2019 at the KGV, Brickfields, Worcester.

The new facility, supplied by the Worcester

Community Trust, came in to operation earlier this

month with much improved facilities to support the

veterans community in Worcestershire and

Herefordshire.

placed into temporary accommodation, treated

his PTSD, and have also managed to secure

employment for him with accommodation

provided when he relocates in early January to

start his New Year off with an extremely

positive outlook. It’s such a pleasure to be able

to see the change in him from a broken man

into one with a brand new future now within his

reach. We wish him every success in his new

career, and look forwards to moving on through

2019 and providing as much support as we are

able to any veterans in need of a helping hand.

Remember to always check up on that veteran

who is normally out and about but you haven’t

seen for a few days. A phone call or a knock

on the door could make a big difference. Have

a fantastic New Year everyone.

Jane xx

Website: www.tommyatkins.co.uk

brought up to speed on current issues and plans

within the centre.

Combat Stress, SSAFA and other veterans organisations

will also be present at the opening providing

an opportunity for the public to learn more

about the services and to meet the British Motor

Racing Legend who is taking time out prior to his

2019 BTCC Campaign to support veterans.

Backed by the Worcester City Council, it is

planned that this new site will be the first of three

facilities under the Tommy Atkins Banner to operate

within the region.

Matt, 52, has been a long supporter of the UK

Armed Forces and Veterans with many of his

friends having served. He became Patron of the

SBT in 2017 and regularly visits the centre to be

GET HELP NOW: Tommy Atkins Centre

01905 27825

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