Who we are

Trafford Veterans is a group of armed forces veterans, emergency service personnel and local volunteers, who all live in Trafford, Greater Manchester. The group was formed in 2015  after the two founding members, Royal Navy Veteran Claire Wright and British Army Veteran Chris Squires (both pictured, right), left the armed forces and faced a struggle with physical and mental injuries.

This affected their transition from the military back into their respective communities. Their experiences prompted them to provide peer support to other veterans and members of the community, so people would not feel alone.

What we do

We hold events and activities and encourage people to take part and share their hobbies and skills. This helps people to learn new things, improves confidence and provides volunteering opportunities. There is a monthly breakfast in Flixton, a weekly model making and craft group in Stretford, an allotment in Sale, a walking football session coached by Altrincham Football Club, a food share and coffee morning in Partington.

We also have a 17-seater minibus for trips and a six-seater crew custom Transit van. We have forged excellent links with other military charities and community organisations and can signpost to other support networks if required. All of our activities are open to veterans, their families and members of the wider community.

We will do our best to support our fellow veterans.

Why?

Many men and women risk their lives on a daily basis serving in the Armed Forces and emergency services. However, some end up having difficulties when re-integrating back into civilian life when their service comes to an end. Some just miss the banter and camaraderie. During their duties they may see and deal with several traumatic scenes.

Veterans are commonly affected in the following ways, among others:

  • They can face barriers such as finding employment, relationship breakdowns and financial issues
  • Physical or mental health conditions.
  • Finding and settling into a house and finding schools for children
  • Registering with a doctor or dentist
  • Integrating with members of their community