Veterans thank Council for outstanding housing support
A charity dedicated to helping the ex-forces community has praised Mansfield District Council's housing services for their outstanding support in helping homeless veterans find permanent homes.
Jason Rathbone from the Joint Forces Alliance (JFA) presented Head of Housing Hayley Barsby with a Certificate of Recognition for the Council's outstanding services to veterans in Mansfield.
"Mansfield District Council is the most forward council in the country when it comes to housing veterans," said Jason. "They were the first council to give priority to veterans with housing problems. Finding a home is the first building block for someone who is ex-military and is trying to get their life back on track.
"This is not just about giving someone a roof over their heads. It's also about giving people a better chance in life. The Council's profound leadership and support has made a fundamental difference to so many deserving lives."
The Council has a Veterans Charter, which gives returning veterans priority for housing. The support of veterans is also a priority in the Council's Corporate Plan.
Responding to the JFA award, Hayley Barsby said: "It is an honour to be given this award and to be recognised for the work that the Council and more specifically the Housing Department have done to support our returning veterans. We believe that when a veteran returns to their home town they should be supported in the process of resettlement and I am proud that an organisation such as the JFA has recognised the work that we have done to deliver this."