News: 19 December 2017Accommodation approved for families visiting injured service personnel

Families visiting injured service men and women at the Defence National Recovery Centre at Stanford Hall will soon be able to stay in dedicated accommodation nearby, after our Birmingham team secured planning permission for a change of use on behalf of SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity.

The application, approved by Rushcliffe Borough Council, will see a six-bedroom residential home within Paddock Court at Stanford on Soar turned into a house of multiple occupation; giving families visiting seriously injured service men and women a ‘home from home’ feeling.

A maximum of six families will live together as a communal household within the 5,000 sq ft of living space; sharing facilities such as the kitchen, dining areas and reception rooms within the managed property, that would employ three people. There are no internal works or physical changes proposed to the external elevations, front or rear gardens.

Our Senior Planner, Victoria Lane said: “Families play a vital role in the recovery of injured personnel both in helping them come to terms with the emotional side as well as enabling the family unit to adjust to a new life together. Having accommodation dedicated to those family members of the service men and women injured nearby will have a notable impact on both parties.”

 

Also commenting, Liz Price, Director, Client Services, SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity said, “We’ve learnt from experience that during their stay with us, families can take strength from the care of our experienced team and the support of other families staying at the house who are going through the same emotions.

"SSAFA is, therefore, delighted at the prospect of offering a welcoming, home-from-home at Stanford Hall and making a significant difference to the lives of service personnel, veterans and families who rely on our support.”

SSAFA is the leading national charity committed to helping and supporting both serving and ex-serving members of the Armed Forces and their families.

Founded in 1885, SSAFA has built up a proud record of working with the MOD and other agencies to provide practical, financial and emotional support for the military community and their families. They help around 50,000 people each year with a network of professionally trained staff and more than 7,000 volunteers. Much of their work is carried on quietly and effectively behind the scenes, but they provide a wide range of services including a health service for military personnel and their families overseas, professionally trained social work support for serving and ex-serving members of the Armed Forces and their families, an adoption and fostering service and a 24-hour confidential support line.

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