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Armed Forces Support Day

1 June 2017 from 11am and 3pm at the Old Fire Station, Carlisle entry free

The Armed Forces Support Day will take place on 1 June 2017 at the Old Fire Station in Carlisle. The event is being co-ordinated by Carlisle City Council in partnership with the Carlisle and Eden Community Safety Partnership.

Between 11am-3pm the venue will host an open-house exhibitors fair with Veteran’s and Forces support organisations on hand to offer advice and explain the opportunities and support they can offer. The afternoon will operate on a drop-in basis and will be free of charge.

The following agencies have signed up:

  • The Royal British Legion – Offering a wide range of support, advice and guidance to veterans and their families
  • Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust-  The First Step programme delivers cognitive behavioural treatments for those who present with mild to moderate anxiety disorders including PTSD and depression. They also offer a Military Veteran programme.
  • Department Work and Pensions- advice and support on seeking employment, apprenticeships, voluntary work experience, work trials and self-employment.
  • Army Reserves Centre Lancaster- Recruitment and support
  • Help the Heroes/ Phoenix House Recovery Centre – Discuss the support services available to both serving and ex serving veterans
  • Penrith Mountain Rescue-  A couple of the team (former military) will be on hand to discuss voluntary work
  • Project NOVA - Project Nova, which is due to be launched in on the 1st June, is a ground-breaking initiative to support ex-military veterans who have come into contact with the criminal justice system. Through early intervention the aim is to help prevent further reoffending and reduce the pressure on veterans’ lives. The project is being led by the Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner.
  • RFEA (The Forces Employment Charity) – North and East Cumbria representative will be hand to assist veterans in finding suitable sustainable insurance.
  • System Training- Based in Carlisle delivering training for forces leavers
  • Unity – Drug and Alcohol Support
  • Police
  • Forces Support Shop
  • Carlisle and Eden Carers

An evening with Simon Weston CBE

Doors 6.30pm, Simon Weston 7.30pm £5 per ticket

In the evening of the same day 1 June 2017, the Old Fire Station (Carlisle will host a talk and Q & A session from veteran and Falklands War hero Simon Weston. In 1982 the Sir Galahad was destroyed in Bluff Cove on the Falkland Islands. On board was Simon Weston, Welsh Guardsman, a name and face that was going to become well known for his struggle to overcome his injuries (46% burns) and redefine his role in life. Simon's message is one of achievement, of triumph over adversity, of seizing the moment and succeeding.

The event will be ticketed, with 200 seats available at £5. Tickets are available from Mcgrew Bistro at the Old Fire Station, Carlisle Tourist Information Centre and online at

All proceeds raised will be donated to forces charities.