New group for veterans in the Bridlington area set to launch in July

A new group aimed at helping veterans in the Bridlington and district area, those currently serving, and their families, is set to start in July.

Thursday, 27th May 2021, 9:24 am
The Military Assistance and Social Hub (MASH) will launch on Tuesday, July 6 at the Bridlington Community Hub, based at 2a Marshall Avenue.The Military Assistance and Social Hub (MASH) will launch on Tuesday, July 6 at the Bridlington Community Hub, based at 2a Marshall Avenue.

The Military Assistance and Social Hub (MASH) will launch on Tuesday, July 6 at the Bridlington Community Hub, based at 2a Marshall Avenue.

The new club will be held between 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

MASH will provide a place for veterans to talk and not be judged for their actions while serving in the armed forces.

Anyone interested in the group can find out more at the MASH stall near the Spa on Bridlington Armed Forces Day on Saturday, July 3.

Veteran Martin Barmby said: “About three years ago I became involved with the new community hub hoping to be built above the town council offices.

“It was going to a drop-in centre where veterans could get guidance on where to seek help and what help is available, alongside the Community Cop Shop.

“With the completely unexpected loss of Alderson House and the failure of the Royal British Legion promise to keep the Poppy Club going, East Riding of Yorkshire Council have very kindly stepped up to the mark and replace the vital place veterans need, a safe place to talk and not be judged for their actions when serving in the armed forces.

“The MASH will provide a much-needed group for veterans, serving personnel and their families, whether they live in Bridlington or are visiting.

“A vital service being provided by our local council for the armed forces community, which we are very grateful for and proud that our council do such a great job for us.”

Fiona Turner, at East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS), said: “We are very excited to be able to work in partnership with ERYC and the veterans to provide valuable support and a place to meet up with other veterans and their families.

“We will be hosting a stall at Bridlington Armed Forces Day to promote the new club.”

To find out more about MASH call 07929 7735575.