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EFSNY: Aged Veterans (2017-2020)

Start: January 1, 2017
End: December 31, 2020
Duration: 3 Years

Ex-Forces Support offered a wide range of advice, guidance and hands-on support to past members of the armed forces over 65.

Supported by the Aged Veterans Fund, Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire rolled out a range of services aimed at raising awareness of the issues faced by older and ex-members of the armed forces, and enabling them to lead fuller lives.

Rural Arts partnered with Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire to provide art workshops to veterans of communities in the region. The workshops allowed veterans to learn new activities or revisit old hobbies and interests. Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire is a consortium led by Community First Yorkshire, and made up of the following organisations: Age UK North Yorkshire & Darlington, Carers Resource, Citizens Advice, Groundwork, Living Well, North Yorkshire County Council, North Yorkshire Sport, North Yorkshire Youth, RCVA, Richmondshire District Council, Rural Arts, Saint Michael’s Hospice, Scarborough Borough Council, SSAFA North Yorkshire, Yorkshire Energy Doctor, Yorkshire Housing.


To learn more about the project and the support it can offer, please visit:

To get involved, you must have served in the armed forces OR completed National Service OR worked in the Merchant Navy in support of the military at some time (e.g. Suez Canal, Falklands). You must be over 65 years old and live in one of the North Yorkshire districts. Community First Yorkshire can provide some of our services in York, but this may be more limited.

You can make a referral for yourself, for a relative or friend, for a cared for person, or for someone you are supporting/working with. Please email or call 01904 704 177

To find out how to get involved in workshops and performances at Rural Arts through the project please contact Jayne Rawlins, Rural Arts Outreach Administrator

Telephone: 01845 826536