Lesley Griffiths Wrexham AM Welsh Government outlines support for Armed Forces Community


News from the office of Lesley Griffiths, Assembly Member for Wrexham

Monday 14th November 2016

For Immediate Publication

Members of the armed forces community will continue to receive support from Welsh Government as an enhanced new programme is revealed.

A refreshed package of support, which has been praised by Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths, ensures serving personnel, veterans and their families have access to services which meet their specific needs.

The announcement has been made as events marking Remembrance Day take place across Wales commemorating those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

The programme, which has influence over devolved matters such as health and housing, details several initiatives aimed at supporting the armed forces community.  This includes providing annual funding of £585,000 to Veterans NHS Wales and £100,000 to the nationwide delivery of the armed forces free swimming scheme.  It has also helped fund the development of Ty Dewr in Wrexham, a facility which provides high-quality, affordable accommodation for veterans. 

Furthermore, the Welsh Government has launched its Housing Pathway initiative which helps members of the armed forces community and service personnel adapt back into civilian life by finding suitable accommodation.

Lesley Griffiths AM said:

“Nobody who has served or is serving in the military should be disadvantaged as a result of their service.  With an estimated 385,000 members of the armed forces community living in Wales, I am proud the Welsh Government remains committed to providing ongoing support.  The development of Ty Dewr specifically demonstrates how local servicemen and women have benefited from the initiatives.”

“I, along with many other residents, observed a two minute silence in Wrexham on Armistice Day and it is commemorative events like this that reinforce the commitment and sacrifice undertaken by our military personnel.  The armed forces community deserve our unwavering respect and gratitude in recognition of their dedication and bravery.”