UNIQUE Construction have recently completed the renovation of 12 self-contained flats for Care after Combat, a UK based charity providing professional assistance for the well-being of Veterans and their families.
The project finished in March, and the newly named “Simon Weston House” was opened on Monday 7th March 2016 by Rt Hon Mike Penning MP, Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice, in front of BBC and Meridian South News cameras.
The facilities also include associated communal and garden areas, with the house being used to house homeless veterans.
Company Director, Stephen Payton said: “To see and be involved in the transition of the property from an empty shell to fully refurbished self-contained properties for the ex-armed services personnel in need of a kick start in life has to be the most rewarding project we have completed to date.
“To see the ex service personnel expression of gratitude of the Care after Combat team will live long in the memory and we are pleased that in someway our workmanship has contributed to this fantastic & worthwhile project.”
During their stay the veterans will be supported by the Care after Combat team in finding permanent residence, vocational training and employment.
Dr Nicholas Murdoch, Director of Operations for Care after Combat said: “We believe Simon Weston House to be unique and incredibly important.
“It will provide our veterans with a sense of understanding, support and acceptance, and the recognition of the commitment which was made by service personnel to both Queen and Country.
“It remedies the uncertainty and sense of loss often felt by veterans together with delivering practical help and assistance with the daily challenges of life in general. It represents the opportunity to live better lives.”
The first residents have now moved in and the Care after Combat team are certain that Simon Weston House is going to make a huge difference to them and many other Veterans in the future.