There is no better term for the world of Automotive enthusiasts than “community”. Traditionally automotive and aviation events have always brought people together, but the universal subject nature creates a diverse collective of people, of all ages, genders, races or religion that is unlike any other interest group. For a project that aims to support a variety of local demographics, this is an important consideration.
The users of the Veterans’ Garage facilities can be proud that all profits made at the site will positively impact all kinds of charities. Though initially the focus will be on the ex-service group, once a level of self-sustainability has been achieved, our efforts can look outside of this – always operating in the North-West England but supporting a range of causes.
The Veterans’ Garage will have facilities of such a high standard that even those without a vested interest in automotives will enjoy them. Becoming a stand-alone charity once funded, this social involvement and ‘clubhouse’ feel is exceptionally important – as issues of loneliness and isolation is not limited to veterans but is especially prevalent in the elderly, particularly in our region. As a vested supporter in the Campaign to End Loneliness, we will always look to support the older generation, whether or not they are from a military background.
 17% of older people are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week and 11% are in contact less than once a month (Victor et al, 2003)