Gordon has called for a “hub” to be set up for veterans in Blackpool, following a visit to the RAF Association’s new Wings Centre in Preston.
He was there primarily to meet with Col Johnny Lighten (Duke of Lancaster Regiment) to discuss support for ex-service personnel across Lancashire. Prior to the meeting he was shown around the Wings Centre by the hub’s manager Ian Barber.
The centre, which celebrates its first anniversary later this month, offers activities and welfare support for people leaving the forces, but also the wider Preston community.
Gordon, who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group for Veterans, said: “It was really interesting to visit the Wings Centre and learn about the kind of work Ian and his team are doing to help veterans of all ages. At my previous forces roundtables I have held, I know a similar kind of hub is wanted by many in the armed forces community in Blackpool. The Wings Centre is a warm and welcoming area and we should look at having a similar hub set up for veterans across Blackpool.
“The vast majority of ex-service personnel successfully settle back into civilian life, but there is still a small percentage who do not – that could because of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or other health related problems such as alcoholism or depression. These hubs can be an important part of their transition back into civilian life, but also make it easier for them to access the help and support services they might need.”