Preston Veterans Hub to go national

Head of the Hub, Ian Barber (Photo credit: Nicholas Dusabe).
Head of the Hub, Ian Barber (Photo credit: Nicholas Dusabe).

The head of the Lancashire Armed Forces Covenant Hub is aiming to make the centre nationally accessible.

Former serviceman Ian Barber says he is determined to expand the hub’s capacity and help struggling veterans all over the country. 

He told UCLan News: “Since the hub opened, we have had a good response from people in the local area, but we have also had people from all over the UK contact us. We want to be available to help everyone.” 

Currently the hub, which is based at University of Central Lancashire, acts as the middleman for veterans and their families looking for help. They direct queries to Lancashire organisations who specialise in specific fields. 

There are 15 North West consultants involved in the existing project, but with an expansion this figure will drastically increase.

Ian understands the struggles that await many soldiers after serving their term. He spent more than a decade as a support worker in the army following his service.

“Coming back to civilian life is not easy. The people closest to a veteran often experience that first, we want them to know that they too can come here for support,” he added. 

Should the hub go national it would collaborate with other support groups across the country to create more social events as well offering help. 

For more information visit the hub at Kirkham Building, Bhailok Street, Preston, PR1 7AD or call 01772 892300.