A veterans’ mental health charity has recently launched an ambitious new project- to develop a bus into a mobile unit for homeless veterans across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire to stay overnight.
Minds at War CiC debuted their ‘Big Yellow Battle Bus’ at the recent Abbots Langley Carnival, and are now looking for grants to help transform the coach into a both place that people can call home and a useful way for their organisation to raise awareness of homelessness and mental health problems amongst veterans.
Already, they’ve received a great deal of support. Watford borough councillors Asif Khan and Nigel Bell have both committed £1,000 and £750 to the project.
Norman McGuigan, who runs the Minds at War said, “The grant will enable the group to be able to carry on with the bus conversion to provide a safe haven for veterans of Watford and those right across the county where they will have a safe space and they will be able to find a little solace along with the support they deserve.”
Cllr Bell said: “I am very pleased to support this very important project and organisation for our veterans. We need to recognise the honourable service that our veterans have given their country and this funding is vital to helping their wellbeing for the future.”
Cllr Asif Khan: “I am happy to help fund this project that supports veterans in crisis in Watford and the whole of Hertfordshire. The Big Yellow Battle Bus aims to reduce the risk of suicide by manning the bus with volunteers and mental health counsellors. The project allows veterans needing a safe space will benefit from an environment which is safe and supportive.”
Pictured from left to right: Cllr Nigel Bell, Norman McGuigan, Luther Blissett and Cllr Asif Khan