The Bridge For Heroes charity was formed in September 2010 with the aim of delivering direct and immediate support to serving, veterans of Her Majesty's Armed Forces and their families.
In June 2011, the charity opened its first high street Contact Centre in the town of King's Lynn, Norfolk. During the last two years that it has been in operation, the Charity has had over 14,000 visitors to the Contact Centre, delivered over 3000 support sessions and helped hundreds of beneficiaries directly.
The support we have delivered during this period has ranged from respite breaks, pensions advice, compensation claims, housing advice, service records, veteran's advice and guidance, Military Historical research and other support issues that have arisen. With so many visitors to the Centre, this has enabled awareness within the wider community of the various issues effecting both serving and former members of Her Majesty's Armed Forces.
The Contact Centre is based around a charity shop model encompassing a respite area, military museum, one-to-one area and information area. The Centre is also used on different days to host various group therapy sessions including model making, knit and knatter and coffee and chat.
Our aim is to provide an environment that assists early indentification of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (also known as PTSD, PTSI or Post Operations Stress Disorder) and other problems that our heroes and their dependants face on returning from front-line operations.
‘It’s a revolutionary way of helping Armed Forces personnel with problems’ Mike Taylor June 2011.