A major £500,000 investment to deliver world class support to the armed forces in Wigan Borough has been announced.

The funding will see work start on developing the ‘Armed Forces Community hub’.

The hub will be a centre of excellence to give specialist support to the 22,000 veterans and their families currently living in Wigan Borough along with reservists and serving personnel.

The council is working in partnership with the Sea Cadets in Wigan who are looking for alternative premises for their base.

From early discussions a proposal for a unique hub has emerged and talks on a suitable location are to start.

It is planned that the hub will have armed forces key workers who will be the first point of contact for advice relating to housing, employment, education, health and well-being among other services.

The funding announced at Wigan Council’s full council meeting yesterday (Wednesday 5th March 2015)) underlines the borough’s commitment to supporting the armed forces and their families making sure they are at the centre of council and partner services.