Veterans Hub now boasts gym and therapeutic areas

Veterans Hub now boasts gym and therapeutic areas

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:27am 8th January 2020. (Updated at 9:17am 8th January 2020)

Weymouth Veterans Hub has new facilities to help improve the well-being of veterans and their families and they're free use.

Based on Portland Road in Wyke Regis the hub now has a brand a new gym, allotments with wheelchair access and a sensory garden.

There are also therapeutic areas and a quiet room.

Weymouth Veterans Hub gets new facilities

Andy Price is the founder of the hub. He wants to encourage local veterans and their families to look after themselves both physically and mentally, and is urging more people to use the new facilities which are available.

Andy said: 

"People can look after their mental health and physical well-being, but without any kind of cost whatsoever.

"And even by just having the quiet space we've got to disappear to and sit in, it's already making a difference to people but we just want more people to be using it."

Weymouth Veterans Hub gets new facilities

The Veterans Hub aims to bring together veterans and their families in a safe environment. They opened their community cafe in 2017 and since then Andy says they've gone from 'strength to strength.' 

Andy set up the hub after he was diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety and depression.

They now support around 200 veterans and family members across Dorset. 

"Even though we're a community hub and we support people with very specific difficulties, it's not stereotypical of a place like that it's not clinical. There's no sitting around in a circle holding hands.

"It's a really friendly, family atmosphere."

Weymouth Veterans Hub gets new facilities

They're still working on the sensory and relaxation garden, but work is expected to be finished soon.

One of their service users, Tony Tweed, built a therapy room for quiet contemplation, reading and even one-to-one therapy sessions. 

Andy's inviting veterans to go along and make use of the facilities, stressing that it's all free for veterans and their immediate families.