Supporting Veterans in our community

I have proudly supported Armed Veterans in my community for nearly a decade since I helped set up the original Salford Veterans Breakfast Club. I watched as Veterans groups rise and fall within Salford and the surrounding areas. But, I live near Leigh, and Leigh has never had a Veterans Hub, of it’s own. It lived under the shadow of giants like Wigan and Salford.

Now they lead the way with other charities and veterans groups ,supporting Veterans, families and children in our community.


Leigh, Atherton & Tyldesley Veterans have always wanted a Veterans Hub, in Leigh. They didn’t want one in Wigan or Salford, they wanted their own. I wanted it too. So, when Jo Platt from the Spinners Mill, Leigh offered Verve a room at the mill I knew what I needed to do.

So, I got in touch with Leigh Veterans, Johnny and Howard and said, ‘do you still want a hub? Because, if you do, here it is…’

The Veterans Hub, Leigh, CIC

And that was how it began. It’s work in progress but with the Verve Community, our Armed Forces Veterans and the kindness of Jo Platt and the team at the Spinners Mill, we are getting there.


Verve Recruitment recruits Armed Forces Veterans as mentors for young people in the  Re-Engage project.

Re-engage is the brainchild of Major Chris Chudleigh, Infantry RL Chairman, to connect with marginalised youngsters, prevent exclusion and criminal exploitation. ReEngage makes a difference…

‘Re-Engage’ gave me my life back…

Like many Veterans, Nathan Pickering struggled in the transition to civilian life after leaving the Army. Nathan saw the blog written for Chris and got in touch. We need more Nathan’s to make a difference in young people’s lives, can you help?

Foster Care & our Armed Forces…

Jordan was ten when he went into foster care. His behaviour was unacceptable, and he undiagnosed with ADHD. Jordan was lucky, his foster carers understood, and when Jordan and his mates got in trouble with the Police, they had a choice. A criminal record or attending the Army Foundation Course. They chose the latter, and at 16, Jordan signed up to the 1st Battalion, Duke of Lancaster Regiment. Jordan is twenty-four and on his 9th year of service; he chose well.