There is a gap in provision for holistic support targeted specifically at ex-military personnel, serving personnel and their families in Cornwall. Op Kernow Information and Support Hub was set up to fill this gap. Initially this will be done over the phone, email, chat or face to face in public spaces. Op Kernow is somewhere that people can come for information on the best way forward. We will be the conduit through which you can make contact with all support services that are appropriate to what is going on in your life at the time, thus negating the need for you to repeat your story over and over again to different organisations. We aim to catch people early, so that they will not end up in a bad place. We will be the "go to" place for information on the best organisation to help you, the individual (not the number) so that you can get to the right place first time and not approach the wrong or inappropriate organisation for your need. We are not an emergency service but we will try and get back to you as quickly as possible. If we cannot help you immediately we will work with you and support you to try and resolve your problem.
During lockdown, the veterans that we were working with were becoming increasingly isolated and lonely, so an online get together was setup on Zoom and is still going now. The Veterans Online Wellbeing Social (VOWS). If you would like to be part of this weekly get together and relentless banter, just message us on firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know which email address you would like us to send the weekly reminder to. Now that lockdowns have been lifted, we do get together "in person" as well, we have been to the Bodmin Military Museum, The Air Ambulance, The Cornwall Aviation Heritage Museum, fishing and out on boat trips, including a very generous trip out on the tall ship the Spirit of Falmouth, with Turn to Starboard.
Cornwall Ex-Military Info and Welfare Hub CIC T/AS Op Kernow