Ex-troops soldier on to spruce up Darwen

Residents of Beckett Street with members of Darwen Outreach, including war veterans, begin clearing an overgrown area

Residents of Beckett Street with members of Darwen Outreach, including war veterans, begin clearing an overgrown area

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EX-soldiers struggling with the return to civilian life have been helping to spruce up areas of Darwen.

The charity, Veterans In Communities, has set up an outreach base in Darwen to help local ex-servicemen and women after they are discharged from the forces.

Often veterans can leave the Armed Forces suffering from conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, making it difficult to re-integrate into civilian life.

And volunteers have been undertaking work in the community in a bid to brighten up parts of Darwen while also giving them something to focus on.

On Saturday, a team of volunteers worked in Beckett Street.

Charity volunteer John Clark said: “Because of the cuts to funding, the council is trying to get things organised for communities to get involved in helping out. And on Saturday we helped them tart up the area around Beckett Street. There are a few raised beds and we were able to make them look a bit more pleasant for the residents when they open their windows and look outside.”

He said activities like this were extremely helpful to struggling veterans: “It’s about creating awareness for veterans and how they integrate into the community. It helps them as they can come back with various issues such as PTSD. This takes their minds off those issues and gives them somthing to focus on. They are getting stuck in which puts them in a better place.”

Veterans will also be starting projects at the Dingle Lodge near Sunnyhurst Wood and on a patch of land in Waterside, through the council’s Your Call project, in the coming weeks.

The Darwen Veterans In Communities’ outreach office in the town hall, Croft Street, opens from 10.30am to 1.30pm on Tuesdays, and has struck a deal to use the Youth Centre, Knott Street, on the same day.

Blackburn with Darwen Council Armed Forces Champion Coun Trevor Maxfield said: “They have done a great job already in a very short space of time and they are proving a real asset to the community.”

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6:06pm Tue 17 Jun 14

CorkyMac says...

Well done, makes you proud to be a Brit.
Well done, makes you proud to be a Brit. CorkyMac
  • Score: 4

9:29pm Tue 17 Jun 14

child44 says...

Great stuff, guys.

Where's Beckett Street?
Great stuff, guys. Where's Beckett Street? child44
  • Score: 1

10:54pm Tue 17 Jun 14

xrayspex77 says...

Off Wraith St!
Off Wraith St! xrayspex77
  • Score: 0

1:15am Thu 19 Jun 14

Darwen Malc says...

Good stuff, fellas! (and lasses if there are any :-))
Good stuff, fellas! (and lasses if there are any :-)) Darwen Malc
  • Score: 1

9:58am Sat 21 Jun 14

child44 says...

xrayspex77 wrote:
Off Wraith St!
Thanks. Google Maps doesn't show it.
[quote][p][bold]xrayspex77[/bold] wrote: Off Wraith St![/p][/quote]Thanks. Google Maps doesn't show it. child44
  • Score: 0

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