The Taff Ely Armed Forces Veterans Group, supported by the Council, is celebrating its first festive season together with a special Christmas Breakfast Club.
Held at the Rhydyfelin Community Centre, kitchen staff served up a full breakfast, toast and tea and coffee to all those veterans who attended, many wearing their favourite Christmas jumpers.
Special Christmas hamper packs were also presented to all veterans in the group, thanks to funding from Interlink RCT’s Kindness Grant, and everyone had a great time socialising with friends and like-minded individuals during the festive season.
The Taff Ely group hosts regular Armed Forces Breakfast Clubs at the venue all year around, bringing together veterans of all ages for an informal social gathering, supported by the Council’s own Armed Forces Veterans Service.
Councillor Maureen Webber, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Deputy Leader and Armed Forces Champion, also a member of the Rhydyfelin Community Group, said: “Christmas is the time of year when we do all we can to help others, so what better time to bring a little festive cheer to our Armed Forces veterans, with many living alone or away from their families.
“I am delighted that so many people attend the Taff Ely group on a regular basis, forming new friendships and also reuniting old friends and comrades.
“It is also a time to reflect and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice during wartime and sadly did not return home to their loved ones. They will forever be in our hearts.
“The Council continues to support its Armed Forces veterans all year around, and I would like to thank Interlink RCT for their generous donation, enabling Christmas hamper packs to be presented to our veterans. I wish them all a very Happy and Safe Christmas.”
RCT Armed Forces Community Covenant
The Council’s Armed Forces Veterans Service offers confidential support and guidance to veterans living in the County Borough, as well as to their families, all year around. It is able to give a wide range of assistance on subjects such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Housing, Adult Social Care, Benefits, Finances and Employment.
Providing FREE, impartial and dedicated information, advice and support, members of the Armed Forces, past and present, can speak to dedicated officers in strict confidence. Call 07747 485 619 or by email: VeteranService@rctcbc.gov.uk
The Taff Ely Veterans Group meets at Rhydyfelin Community Centre every second Wednesday each month and veterans of all ages are welcome to attend the Armed Forces Breakfast Club. No booking is required. For more information, message the Taff Ely Veterans Group on Facebook or call 0774 748 5619.
Posted on 16/12/2021