Poppy Court residents receive an early Christmas gift

22 December 2017

Armed forces veterans living at Poppy Court, Worle, were treated to some Christmas cheer by SSAFA, a charity providing lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the forces.

The 10 veterans, who have this year finished building their own home at the site, each received a Christmas hamper from the charitable organisation.

Poppy Court was a ‘train and build’ programme which saw the veterans play a part in building their own homes, while learning new skills and gaining recognised qualifications to support them to get back in to work.

Forces veteran Jonathan, who helped to build his own home, said “Statistics say 1 in 5 veterans are homeless in the UK. This figure is not acceptable. We’ve all worked together here at Poppy Court to create new homes for each other that provide security and stability. ‘Home’ to me means peace of mind. I’m so thankful to have been involved in this development and now I can see light at the end of the tunnel.”

In partnership with the Community Self Build Agency (CSBA) and with support from North Somerset Council and the Homes and Communities Agency, Poppy Court offers 14 new homes for affordable rent.

David Summerhill, our Senior Development Manager said: “This is the third ‘Train and Build’ scheme for armed forces veterans that we’ve worked on with the CSBA, and each time we see the veteran’s skills and confidence increase which is great to see. We pleased to have the support of organisations like SSAFA helping us to help more people rebuild their lives through good quality housing.”