Stoll, the leading provider of Veterans’ housing and support, is to build 34 new homes for vulnerable Veterans on the site of the former Chrismas Lodge nursing home in Evelyn Avenue, Aldershot…

The new accommodation will be available during 2018.

The new development in Aldershot will meet the needs of vulnerable Veterans, such as disabled people and those who have struggled to adapt to civilian life since leaving the armed forces. A support worker will be available for all those living on the new site. Feeling part of a community is a vital issue for many Veterans and therefore the health and wellbeing activities which will be available at the new development will also be available to Veterans living in the area.

The decision to provide accommodation in Aldershot follows the publication of Meeting the Housing and Support Needs of Single Veterans in Great Britain, which highlighted Aldershot as an area of particular housing need for Veterans.

Stoll Chief Executive, Ed Tytherleigh, said: “I am delighted that we will be able to provide vulnerable Veterans with an affordable home and the support they need in Aldershot. This development would not be possible without the generous support from our funding partners. We are looking forward to being a key part of the Veterans’ community in Aldershot.”

Cllr Barbara Hurst, Rushmoor Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Health and Housing, said: “There is a real need for this kind of accommodation for vulnerable veterans. Many of these men and women have put their lives on the line for our country and they need our support as they ease their way back into civilian life.

"Aldershot is the home of the British Army, and many veterans will have a connection with the town. We are very pleased that this development will take place in our borough and our housing team will be on hand to assist Stoll in helping veterans to secure the accommodation and support they need.”

The scheme is part of the Veterans’ Accommodation Pathway in Aldershot, funded by the Veterans’ Accommodation Fund, which aims to provide better joined-up housing services for Veterans. The Homes and Communities Agency, the Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation and the Wolfson Foundation have pledged support to get the build started.

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