Today 12 years after Tom Wood MBE and his wife Jean created Help 4 Homeless Veterans, their long-held aspirations to open a Veterans drop-in centre in their hometown of Barnsley came to fruition.
With the help of money bequeathed to the charity promised specifically to assist with the aim of creating this centre, and after a 2-year delay because of the pandemic, today it has finally opened with The Vice Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire Mr. John Holt DL cutting the ribbon.
Tom and volunteers will staff the shop at 11 Regent Street South just yards from the Interchange entrance 3 days a week initially to offer advice and practical assistance to veterans.
The charity’s rapid interventions assisting around 1000 veterans, nearly 100 in the last 12 months alone has attracted Royal recognition with the award in 2020 of The Queens Award for Voluntary Service as well as a number of other community service awards along the way.
Veterans can ask for help either through calling in to the Drop-in shop, or by the web site www.help4homelessveterans.org