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A County Durham-based charity is hosting The North East Veterans Network meeting and is calling out for other organisations to get involved with the network.

Organisers from Finchale are hoping to welcome people from the organisations involved with the network at their Pity Me offices on Friday 18th November at 9:30 a.m. The event, which is usually held quarterly, aims to provide a networking and information sharing opportunity to all the organisations that support veterans across the North East.

The North East Veterans Network is made up of 52 organisations from the region, all of which provide specific services to veterans and their families. It is founded on the recognition that their needs are different in certain respects to those of other groups in society.

Organisations that are currently involved in the network are diverse in their nature and include military organisations, statutory agencies, services charities and third sector organisations.

Now Finchale, an independent charity which works closely with the network, is appealing for organisations around the North East to get involved and support veterans and their families by enabling them to access the support they need.

Founded 73 years ago as a rehabilitation and resettlement centre for service personnel returning from active service, Finchale has retained strong links with the Armed Forces ever since. Finchale has been part of the network for over 5 years, and strongly encourages other organisations to get involved.

Mel Pears MBE, former officer and Finchale CEO, said: “Our common aim is to enable veterans and their families to achieve and sustain economic and social inclusion. In order to further that aim, we are calling out for other organisations to join the network, and help us improve the work that we have been doing for many years. Membership is free, and the more variety of organisations we can have, the better the work we can do.”

To find out more about how your organisation can become involved with the network, please call Andy Wildish on 0191 386 2634 or