British Legion hooks up with FISH shop
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Housing
Standard housing picture
Veterans and members of the Armed forces are to be given one-to-one support on money and lifestyle matters thanks to a new service at a FISH shop in Wellingborough.
The Royal British Legion (RBL) has become the latest organisation to take on space in the Free Impartial Support and Help (FISH) shop, and will provide regular advice and information sessions at the drop-in centre.
Linda Flecknell, area manager for the RBL, said: “I am delighted that the Legion has been offered space within the FISH shop to deliver our outreach service to the Armed Forces community within Wellingborough. The central location will allow us to reach more beneficiaries so we are extremely grateful to utilise space in the centre. Our first drop in session started early in September and dates and times are now advertised.”
The FISH Shop is unique in offering a wide range of free, confidential advice and support under one roof, from help with benefits, debt, employment and training to mediation and family support.
Jackie Attfield, benefit manager at the Community Law Service, who manages the FISH Shop, added: “We’re really pleased to welcome the British Legion on board. There are a number of members of the Armed forces and veterans in Wellingborough and it means that we will have additional resources focused on these residents. It will be a very welcome asset to the team.”
Wellingborough Homes, which owns and manages more than 4,500 homes in Northamptonshire, is one of the organisations that run the FISH Shop. Dave Willis, chief executive, said: “The British Legion is a welcome addition to the FISH Shop team. This is a superb local amenity offering help and support to local people free of charge and the new services offered by the British Legion will add great value to this already invaluable facility.
“Wellingborough Homes is committed to supporting local facilities. The FISH Shop has helped thousands of people since opening in December 2011. We are delighted the British Legion will be joining us to increase the range of advice services on offer here.”