Back in June the Veterans F1rst Point (V1P), Borders service was launched to offer confidential support to Veterans, whatever their needs may be.

Since the launch, the service has seen the number of veterans accessing the service increase and has now established a fortnightly social event for military veterans and their families. Using the facilities kindly provided by the Gala Resource Centre along with donations from local charities, veterans and staff meet informally on alternate Wednesday evenings to prepare and share a meal together.

The number of veterans attending these drop-ins is rising as the word spreads around the Borders community, with veterans regularly attending from as far away as Eyemouth. These evenings are facilitated by the staff of Veterans F1rst Point and provide an opportunity for veterans to meet with like-minded people who have shared similar life experiences. Those attending are able to provide support for each other and there is the opportunity for them to find out more about other services available locally.

Deirdre Buckley, Clinical Psychologist at NHS Borders, said: "Veterans F1rst Point comprises of both healthcare professionals and people with military experience and offers confidential support to veterans. We are available to help with health and well-being issues or if you just want to chat to someone we're here to listen."

The drop-in evenings run from 5pm to 7pm at the Gala Resource Centre, Gala Park, Galashiels. All veterans and their families are welcome to attend. Further details are available from Veterans F1rst Point on 01896 825550, or visit us on Facebook.