The Tommy Atkins Centre was officially opened on 12th November 2017 in Worcester to help veterans deal with the many issues they face after they have served their country.
It is the brainchild of Pablo Snow, the editor of The Sandbag Times Veterans Magazine. Pablo served in the British Army for 22 years and was confronted by many issues including suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He now uses his experiences as a rule of thumb to help other veterans, not only around the community but throughout the country.
The centre is ran by Pablo’s partner, Jane Shields, the Centre Manager. Jane is the first person you meet when wandering through the front door. She will greet you with a cup of tea or coffee and a friendly chat. This has become an important part of the service for many of our older veterans who just want a little company for an hour and to relive memories past.
The centre is open every Friday from 9:30am – 2:30pm. The TAC works very closely with the Worcestershire SSAFA, often seeking advice from their vast wealth of knowledge and sending many veterans to thier office for further assistance.
How does the centre help Veterans?
The Tommy Atkins Centre is very unique in its operation as we are able to help veterans from the centre rather than signposting them around the country. The centre is used by Combat Stress as a regional outreach centre enabling the charity to put on the Community Workshop and the Peer Mentoring Service free of charge.
We are also very fortunate to have our very own mental health care system. Created by Dr David Muss, the Rewind Therapy is an effective trauma treatment which has been specifcally aimed at veterans. For more information on Rewind please take a look at our leaflet here or visit the Rewind page. Dr Muss personally attends the centre to treat veterans, again, free of charge. We are also fortunate to have our own Psychotherapist, Lisa Whittaker who can ensure further mental health support is always available.
Mental health issues aside, we also assist veterans with financial matters, housing issues including getting homeless veterans off the streets, something which we pride ourselves in being very effective in doing. We have a huge knowledge of the Armed Forces Covenant and are very experienced in advising how it can be implemented.
We are very proud to have Jacqueline Hurley, War Poppy Artist as the Centre’s Patron along with much support from the SBT Patron and three times British Touring Car Champion, Matt Neal.