A new club aimed at integrating veterans back into society is opening in Spalding.
The Camaraderie Club opens its doors for the first time on Friday, August 4, from 1pm-3pm at the Spalding Services and Social Club.
The group has been set up on behalf of the Royal Voluntary Service and is looking for members and volunteers.
Project co-ordinator Nikki Sharp explained that the club offers a safe environment for older veterans to get together and have a chat and a brew (sometimes cake) and chat with like-minded individuals.
Nikki explained: “The club is run by veterans for veterans so it accommodates old and new veterans alike.
“This is a scheme that helped me immensely when I left the RAF four years ago, following a 23-year service.
“As a volunteer it really helped me integrate back into a society that I hadn’t been part of for a long time.
“Our hope at the Royal Voluntary Service is that we can do the same for others, give people something to look forward to, other people to talk to that understand their situation and reduce the loneliness especially in our older generation.”
After leaving the service Nikki was diagnosed with PTSD and was out of work for two years before becoming a volunteer at the RVS. She found out about the volunteer opportunities via social media and became an established part of the original club in Lincoln since the very beginning.
Anyone interested in becoming a member or volunteering should ring the Royal Voluntary Service on 01522 305313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org