BREAKFAST, BREW & BANTER
Our primary function is to offer the opportunity for veterans and other members of the military family the opportunity to get together for a brew and a chat. Don’t be shy simply turn up introduce yourself to one of the team. let us know your connection to the military family and simply pull up a sandbag. We Offer a bottomless brew that you can make a donation if you can afford to or if times are tight, simply grab a brew and crack on. we have no formal membership forms but you will be expected to have a connection to the military in a significant way.
The Littlehampton AFVBC meets every Wednesday and Saturday between 10:00 & 12:00 at the Old Corn Store Bar & Bistro, 72 High Street, Littlehampton, BN17 5DX. We are easily accessible by road, there is 2 hours free parking with the town disc parking scheme, by rail or the Stagecoach coastliner 700 bus which stops at Anchor Springs.
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Sometimes a little support goes a long way to improving someones well being. Since we formed in 2018, we have evolved from a simple breakfast club into an organisation that has ASDIC membership. On the face of it, we still have the core principle of breakfast, brew and banter. Yet behind closed doors we try to offer support discreetly in addition to the brew and chat by attempting to resolve long term issues through peer support, direct welfare assistance for short term issues and signposting for longer term solutions. We encourage all that need support to embrace the availability of help and to let us lead them as to what is needed.
A number of our volunteer team have become Armed forces champions through the Armed Forces network operated by the NHS and we are always keen to bring fresh ideas to enhance what we can do to assist those in need.
We make only one promise, and that is simply that we will always try our best to help someone whatever their issue or problem. If we are unable to help then we try to find someone that can.
Here at Littlehampton Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club, we know that sometimes all it takes to change someones situation is a little support. Since our founding in 2018, we have been determined to make an impact.
The core of our efforts is to bring fresh ideas and passion to the range of activities we’re involved in. Through all our efforts we hope to display the conviction behind our beliefs.
Assistance to Isolated Members of the Military Family
In times of need, with the help of our volunteers, we assist isolated members of the military family whenever and wherever possible. This can range from a shopping delivery to meals ready to go. The delivery is not just about meeting basic needs but also to let those isolated seeing a friendly face.
If you want to lend your support, please get in touch via email and we can add you to our volunteer list with access to our WhatsApp volunteer group where we post ant tasks that we have been asked to assist with.
Our welfare strategy has evolved to the point that we now have a dedicated project to deal with welfare issues. The Littlehampton Veterans Support Project “LiVeS” was originally created for use as a Covid Project but has been repurposed as our Brand for Welfare support. We try and assist in many ways. Among many other issues we deal with assisting veterans’ welfare and homelessness is something that we take very seriously, and our team is working each and every day to make a positive impact.
Contact us to learn more about our how we assist those in need or even to let us know of someone from the military family that could use some help.
At Littlehampton Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club, remembering those who have fought and fallen, whether in service or not, is something close to every veteran’s heart.
Therefore, we all attend parades whenever and wherever possible, especially the annual Remembrance Parade at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month to honour their memories. Lest we forget.
ARMED FORCES DAY
Littlehampton Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.
There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved in the local event. Our veterans attend the parades of the day and we also have a tent you can visit.
ANNUAL ARMY VS NAVY RUGBY UNION MATCH
Every year we obtain tickets to attend the Army-Navy match, the annual rugby union fixture played between the senior XV teams of the Royal Navy and the British Army.
It marks the culmination of the annual inter-services competition and is played at Twickenham Stadium, the home of England Rugby Football Union in south west London. In 2022 we may have lost ‘Dave’ but found the ‘Babcock Trophy’!
The Littlehampton Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club have been members of the AFVBC national network since we were formed. If we are too far away for you, you can find your local breakfast club on The Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club website at afvbc.com .If you operate a breakfast club and wish to be listed you can contact the network and add yourself to the network. No breakfast club near you? no problem contact the network and they will advise you how to create one and will support you with setting up a Facebook group. All you need is a venue and enthusiasm. A breakfast club needs to be no more than a meeting place for brew and banter to be effective. anything more is a bonus.
Drop In Sessions
On the last Wednesday meeting of every month between 10:00 & 12:00 we hold a drop in session that is attended by external agencies. these organisation attend specifically to assist the veterans /military family network. Along with Armed forces championns from the DWP, Fire Service, NHS Op Courage, SSAFA Caseworkers, Poppy Factory, BLESMA and representatives from Walking with the Wounded and many more. Our aim is to provide a one stop shop where those in need can just pop in for an informal chat with a view to potentially getting the ball rolling to resolve longer term issues.
Saying goodbye and giving our veterans a proper send-off is very important, not just to them but to their families. Remembering them and who they were is a very special moment and honouring them in the correct way is also very important.