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We're all set to host south Wales Royal British Legion hub

We're all set to host south Wales Royal British Legion hub

Royal British Legion press photoWe recently joined forces with The Royal British Legion in a partnership which will hopefully see increased support available to the Armed Forces community in Wales.

This new service is part of nationwide changes recently undertaken by The Royal British Legion to make its welfare services more accessible to the Armed Forces past and present, and their families, across the UK.

The Swansea hub, based in our head office in Swansea city centre, is one of a number of planned new outreach locations across Wales which will offer a knowledgeable and dedicated support worker as a face-to-face point of contact for those in need of help and advice from the Legion.

Louise Williams, The Royal British Legion’s Case Officer for Swansea, who joined the charity in March and will be based at the new Swansea location, said: "The Legion is a national organisation but with a footprint in the local community across south west Wales. This latest partnership with Grŵp Gwalia in Swansea shows our commitment to making our welfare services as accessible as possible to our beneficiaries across the region.

"The profile and needs of our beneficiaries are changing and access points such as this, together with our website and national helpline number, make it easier than ever before to contact the Legion to ask for help."

Speaking of the venture, our Executive Director of Business Management Tracey Healey said: "We're pleased to offer our Kingsway office as the south west Wales hub for the Legion. Further potential partnership opportunities between the Legion and Gwalia are planned for the near future and we are happy to provide an easily accessible and central location for the Armed Forces community throughout south west Wales."

As the nation’s leading Armed Forces charity, the Legion spends £1.6 million a week, or £84 million a year on vital welfare work, providing social, emotional and financial care and support to serving and ex-Service people and their families.

Wendy John, a Legion beneficiary from Port Talbot who received help from the charity after tragically losing her husband Dean in Afghanistan in 2009, said: "It is so important that families receive help when they need it and the Royal British Legion is there to provide that. Last year, the Legion sent me and the kids on a holiday, allowing the family to spend some quality time together.

"The new service in Swansea will make the Legion yet more accessible to the Service community and allow the charity to reach out to more members of the Armed Forces, past and present, in need."

The new Legion service is located at: Grŵp Gwalia Cyf, 7-13 The Kingsway, Swansea, SA1 5JN and is open five days a weeks, providing bespoke career advice for the Armed Forces community.

For further advice, The Legion has now launched a new Freephone number 0808 802 8080, providing guidance to Serving personnel, veterans and their families from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week. For more information on the charity, visit www.britishlegion.org.uk.