Veterans garage is a unique approach to fundraising for Military Veterans across the North West to have a stable social hub, to learn new skills and receive the support and advice that is available to them.
Creating a hub for ex-servicemen and the local community to come together and use the facility to orchestrate some great community events to raise funds and awareness for some very worthy local causes. Now we need your help to get it off the ground.
The project was initiated by Jayson Redshaw a 27 year old Manchester born veteran who lost his best friend Elijah Bond on the front line in Afghanistan has vowed to help others deal with the anxiety’s he faced upon leaving active duty and dealing with his grief.
Jayson later wrote a song which was released in iTunes singing about how he has been affected by the death of his best friend on the front line to help deal with his grief, the track was released and ‘Transition’ struck a chord with other Army personnel. Jayson has chosen to now take on this project as an outlet to raise not only money and awareness but a place for ex servicemen to reach out, be part of a family and get the advice and help channels that are needed.
In December 2015 Jayson was recognised for his achievements by the Armed Forces Charity SSAFA in the Heroes at Home Christmas campaign.
Operation Veterans Garage
Our community project is to restore a grade 2 listed WWII airport terminal building into a base for a classic car & motorcycle restoration garage to support North West veterans suffering from combat stress but at the same time tackling the problem of loneliness and isolation of the older generation. With the generosity of the Peel Group’s donation the building situated a City Airport, together we can now create a welcoming environment for Veterans of all ages to come together as a team, restoring run down classic cars and motorcycles to raise money, awareness, a returning sense of camaraderie and family to former servicemen and victims of combat stress. At the same time this project will restore this grade 2 listed building to house a vibrant and buzzing community club house for car, motorcycle, scooter and aviation enthusiast. A central hub for people of all ages and genders to enjoy with cool lounges, club meeting facilities and plan to serve up incredible food and beverages art the same time raising money for Military Veterans.
Attached to the Veterans Garage we will create a community car club, which will give us the freedom to raise money for other causes across the Northwest and provide ex-servicemen with jobs.
There are hundreds of Automotive clubs dotted around the Northwest which don’t have a central hub when it comes to somewhere to hold meets with facilities attached. Super car, Classic car, motorcycle, scooter, motor home, American the list goes on Imagine if these clubs had a dedicated community facility with lounges, games rooms, great food and drink in the grounds of a private airport… plus the added attraction of the Veterans Garage on site where they can support the Veterans working on their latest project or potentially even buy cars from them adding additional support.
We would like to go on to say that the appeal of the Terminal building doesn’t only stop with its heritage (being one of the first commercial airport terminal in the country) but also the collaboration with City Airport in creating some show stopping family fun days/ weekends and events together the possibilities are quite frankly endless giving us the freedom to create huge events dedicated to many different causes, here are just some of the fundraising events we will bring to the venue and your company as a sponsor can be part of it all:
- Automotive meets and festivals
- Motorcycle rally’s
- Scooter club meets
- Aviation shows
- Military festivals & demonstrations
- Community picnics and BBQ’S
- Christmas festivals/markets
- Vintage revival 40s/50s weekends
- Food festivals
- Community workshops
- Halloween parties kids day & adults night
- Music festivals
- Family fun days
- Community health awareness days (NHS)
- Private functions/conferencing/fundraisers
Tying charity in with the Automotive world allows us to activate the entirety of the North West, historically automotive and aviation shows/meets/festivals have always brought people together.
The beauty of cars and motorcycles is they are loved by all regardless of age, gender, race or religion !
The people who use the facility also can have the comfort of knowing profit made from the site go to great local causes, not only to Veteran causes but we will be holding fundraisers for many different charities once up and running including local medical and children based causes.
Becoming a stand alone charity once funded, creating an automotive workshop for veterans to restore cars and have a sense of community and team work. We aim to make the facility good enough that the Veterans who don’t even have a love of cars or bikes will be able to come and socialise together. There is also an issue of loneliness and isolation in the Northwest elderly whom could also benefit from this facility.
In house welfare and administrative areas will be created for outside help to come in and work from, such as government help, social workers, mental health care workers, housing officers, therapists and mindfulness therapists funded by the work of the Veterans projects and on site event fundraising, becoming the core of the establishment helping veterans from across the North West not only creating a social base but generating a place to seek the help and advice available to them. Localised teams will be able to use the facility to give Veterans advice on:
- Alcohol & Drug Dependency Services
- Mental Health & Well-being
- Further & Higher Education
- Training & Transferable Skills
We are also aware that that Veterans suffering with PTSD and depression are able to confide Soldier to Soldier and through a fun based social venue we will create this safe haven in which this can take place.
Feedback have received has been incredible from both Veterans, public and media.
In a short time we have had masses of interest for this unique approach and has already generated an incredible following and rapidly growing.
A large group of ex-servicemen have come forward complimenting us on the idea and asking how they can get involved and help including volunteer teachers in automotive restoration and mechanics.
So far the project has gained the interests of a broad variety of people from the public and businesses to local MPs and Councillors, high ranking military officials.
Apart from this in relation to our fundraising intention toward the restoration of Terminal Building and getting Veterans Garage up and running we have been inundated messages of support from the huge group of volunteers from the BBC’s DIY SOS Veterans Village project whom of which want to pool their efforts in both the renovation of the building along with fundraising and media awareness.
The North West Veterans NHS Mental Health Mapping research states:
(Wirral NHS studies 2012)
Whilst Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is probably the best known mental health disorder, research has confirmed that as per general population, depression, personality disorder and alcohol related issues equally impact on Military Veterans. An individuals housing and employment status can also have an effect on their mental health. However, the actual circumstances surrounding their condition and the military culture and context through which some of these issues have developed may affect this segment of the population which is why we intend to give those in need back a sense of their former community.
The Northwest provides the greatest number of civilians entering the Armed Forces each year representing 1/5th of the Armed Forces annual recruitment intake.
Annually there are approximately 6,000 personnel resettling in the North West accompanied by their families.
It is estimated1 that the UK’S Veteran community is now 10 million strong.
1 Those who served in the Armed Forced (regular or reserve),
Widows/Widowers and their dependants including members of the Merchant Navy
- 526,000 Veterans in the North West.
- 22,000 in receipt of Armed Forces pension scheme.
- 19,400 in receipt of either war pension or Armed Forces compensation scheme for injuries during service.
- Historically facilities for discharging service personnel and Veterans have been linked to Army locations e.g. Army resources and rehabilitation centres: East of England, South East, South West and Scotland.
- There are over 2,000 regular Soldiers, 3,600 TA Soldiers and 7,000 Cadets in the North West
6,000 returning back to the North West region every year.
- 42nd (Northwest) Brigade is the headquarters for the Army and TA in the North West.
- The Royal Navy headquarters for the region are based at Brunswick Dock (HMS Eaglet) Toxteth.
- The Royal Air Force has bases in Cumbria (RAF Spadeadam) and Liverpool (RAF Woodvale).
50% of the North West Military Veteran population is over the age of 60. The majority of this group served in WWII and National Service (until 1960)
The population of Veterans will dramatically decrease after the next 5-10 years alongside a change in needs of those who served. Many served in Northern Ireland in the 1970s will be at or near retirement.
Broughton House based in Salford is the only ex-personnel home in the region, although BLESMA run a home in Blackpool alongside a small number of homes whom offer Veteran specific support.
We pledge to work alongside local Veteran homes and elderly ex-servicemen to tackle the well documented issue of loneliness and isolation creating a facility for the older Veteran population not just with an interest in classic cars an motorcycles and aviation but also a gathering point for social activities and support in raising funds for Veteran homes.
The NHS findings went on to state,
The NHS confederation found that around 27.2% of Veterans who have a common mental health problem at some time, equating to approximately 143,000 in the North West.
8 % (11,400) will experience severe mental health problems.
13% of Veterans within this estimate, approximately 18,500 in the North West will have an alcohol related problem.
13.5% of Veterans in the region, 5,600 a neurotic disorder and 4.8% approximately 2000, will experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The Royal British Legion have estimated around 6% of homeless households are Veterans. This is a transient population and difficult to gauge the number of hidden homeless and rough sleepers.
It is though, a sizeable number of Veterans who require support and support for those who become homeless
In 2015 we witnessed the incredible and inspirational work done by the BBC DIY SOS Big Build and volunteers, now along with your help we would like to further and assist that work with a stable and fun social outlet where veterans can come together to support each other Soldier to Soldier while using the facility to bring in the crucial support networks available to them.
We have also launched our Become a Friend page which is a unique approach to fundraising in that it allows you to leave a photo and personalised message of support along with your donation, we hope to create a collage of pictures on the page leaving a lasting testament celebrating all those that help us achieve our goals in helping Veterans Become a Friend Today
We are also in need of people willing to get involved and help us create awareness and help us fundraise, we do have some fundraising buckets available and if there are any establishments around the Northwest such as shops, pubs/clubs, sports/social clubs, factories & groups that would like to do an in house collection the please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, you in return would become a featured friend of the Veterans Garage and a public thank you throughout our social media pages.
We are also seeking corporate sponsorship, from industry leaders in construction, automotive, mechanical and design.
In return we can promote your support in many ways, for more information on this please contact us for our sponsorship proposal package.
Other Ways You Can Help
There are many other ways you can help. We are not just in need of financial help for the project. If you could help us to spread the word of our campaign and get other people interested, maybe your part of a car, motorcycle or scooter club in the Northwest would like to get involved, please let us know.
Equally if there are companies out there that would like to help in way of materials, furnishings, garage equipment, sanitary ware, lighting, tradesmen… roofers, joiners, plasterers. Every single fraction of help no matter how small would be more than appreciated. This is a club for everyone and everyone will always be greeted with the warmest of welcome and thanks.
Many thanks for taking the time to read and we look forward to both hearing from & working with you,