VETERANS from across Ayrshire came together recently to celebrate the first birthday of Veterans First Point.

The Provosts from North, East and South Ayrshire, Ian Clarkston, Jim Todd and Helen Mooney, and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Erica Lockett attended what is usually the weekly drop in session (10am to 12pm on Wednesdays) to celebrate with local veterans.

It was first launched in Irvine’s Bridgegate last year to support veterans and their families with the move from military to civilian life.

Lindsay Kirkwood, Clinical Lead for Veterans First Point Ayrshire and Arran, said: “Since its opening, Veterans First Point has managed to support over 300 veterans to get help with things like housing, support with gaining employment, and accessing psychological treatment for mental health difficulties.

“We’d like to say thank to everyone who has supported us since we launched and everyone who attended the celebration. Also to Hugh Walker, one of our veterans, who baked a delicious birthday cake and presented it to the team.”

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