A VETERANS' roadshow is in Somerset in next to raise awareness of health services available in the county.

The drop-in event visiting five venues over tow days will also highlight some of the organisations and charities veterans and the wider Armed Forces community can access in Somerset.

The roadshow will visit Somerton, Merriott, and, now, Bridgwater, before rocking up on the following day at Minehead and Weston-super-Mare.

Some of the organisations expected be there are the ARK, Rock 2 Recovery, Help for Heroes, Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS), Rusty Road to Recovery, Op Courage, We Are With You, RBL, SSAFA, Forces Employment Charity, Somerset Community Resilience Team, the Armed Forces Covenant, DWP and many more.

Help for Heroes’ Veterans clinical advisor Janine Whitley, who has been personally involved in the project, said: “We’re continuing to educate veterans to the availability of veterans’ health services in Somerset, and to network, share information, signpost and enable referrals to those services.

“This is the third such roadshow we have organised, and, if successful, we will, hopefully, reach further afield in the future.

"It’s a drop-in event, so veterans or their families and service providers need to do nothing more than turn up at the relevant venue at the appropriate time. We look forward to meeting them.”

The itinerary is:

Wednesday, July 12:

  • 10am-12 midday: Cox’s Yard, West Street, Somerton TA11 7PR;
  • 1pm-3pm: ARK at Egwood, Egwood House, Merriott, Somerset, TA16 5QN;
  • 4.30pm-6.30pm: Bridgwater and Albion RFC, Bath Road, Bridgwater, TA6 4TZ.

Thursday, July 13:

  • 10am-12 midday: West Somerset Railway, The Railway Station, Minehead, Somerset TA24 5BG;
  • 1.30pm-3.30pm: Western-super-Mare Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1AL.

Help for Heroes champions the Armed Forces community and helps them live well after service.

The charity helps them, and their families, to recover and get on with their lives.

It has already supported more than 27,000 people and won’t stop until every veteran gets the support they deserve.