On Monday 26 February Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal attended an event in Shropshire organised by West Mercia charity YSS, as well as Ubique and The Veteran’s Contact Point. The event discussed findings from ‘Remember Veterans’, a project funded by the Armed Forces Covenant.

Taking place at Shrewsbury Town Football Club from 10am – 2pm, the event was attended by 100 professionals working across West Mercia, including Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion, representatives from local councils, the Armed Forces Covenant, local and national military charities, veterans and serving Armed Forces Personnel. Major Jonathan Mayne, Deputy Chief of Staff at Head Quarters 11 Signals and West Midlands Brigade joined Lorraine Preece, Chief Executive at YSS, on stage for the signing of the covenant.

Princess Anne joined the event as the patron of YSS and gave the Keynote Address. 

Lorraine said: “Remember Veterans is a project that aims to ensure veterans within the West Mercia & Warwickshire criminal justice system are identified and enabled to access specialised support through military charities, including the Royal British Legion, SSAFA and Combat Stress. YSS works in partnership with Ubique Partnerships and the Veterans Contact Point in Nuneaton to deliver the project across West Mercia and Warwickshire.

“The service provides a series of briefings and awareness raising sessions to criminal justice staff teams. These teams include police, probation, magistrates, drug & alcohol recovery teams, accommodation providers and debt and benefit agencies. From these meetings, staff then volunteer to become Remember Veterans (RV) Champions and commit to ensuring their colleagues have a point of contact if they have any questions around working with veterans. The RV project also has a dedicated referral helpline service which is manned by veterans.”

Lady McFarlane, chairman of the YSS trustees, said: “This was a brilliant opportunity for professionals working with veterans across West Mercia and Warwickshire to come together and share findings about how we can best provide support to veterans within the criminal justice system.

“It was well attended and informative and provided the opportunity for networking, as well as the chance to celebrate the hard work of everyone involved in the project.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to The Princess Royal who has been our patron for ten years. We were delighted to welcome her to the event and value her attention to detail and in-depth-knowledge which is such a real asset to the work we do at YSS.”

To find out more about the Remember Veterans project or any of the services YSS delivers, please go to yss.org.uk or call 01905 730 780.