A Bubble of Peace for the Veteran Community

Veterans Families are free to use the facility and play a board game or two

Since opening their doors in March, the Veteran’s Lounge at Alderley has provided a safe environment for veterans and their families to relax with a cuppa or cold drink, read the paper, watch TV, use the computers or just rest and recuperate. 

This wonderful relaxing space, with plenty of room for the kids, is free from distractions, such as pokies and alcohol, to allow veterans and spouses to draw on the experience of others who have navigated the challenges of contemporary military life. This well equipped lounge (complete with wifi!) aims to address the alarming high rate of mental illness, homelessness and suicide amongst the veteran community. Veterans and their families can come together with Gaythorne Legacy Care Group Volunteers over a brew – a combined 17,500 years of lived military experience to share. All the Lounge asks for in return is a gold coin donation for tea or coffee

The Lounge is co-located with the Veterans OP Shop at 29 Samford Road Alderley, that opened its doors on the 16th March 2021. The opening night was a great success and attracted Senior Military Officers from the Army, Navy and Airforce. They came from as far away as Canberra and across the South East QLD area. In addition, there were Federal, State and Local Government representatives and members from Ex-Service Organizations. On the night, local Salvation Army Officers provided a blessing and welcome to country prior to the opening ceremony. The founder of Wounded Heroes Australia Mr. Jim Shapcott and their Patron LTGEN Greg Bilton AO CSC cut the ribbon to officially open The Veterans Lounge.

The Veterans Lounge reflects the ‘Wounded Heroes’ organisations current objectives to assist our Veterans and their families in immediate financial crisis. Wounded Heroes are first responders to provide veterans and their families’ with critical financial and housing assistance. The organisation can navigate to the other community services that are readily available, without duplication. In doing so, they continue their 15 year tradition of Compassion, Hope and Purpose.

Regular community activities also take place at the Veteran’s Lounge including Board Game Days, Card Club Days, Weekly Morning Teas, Craft Days, Book Club, ‘Tell Your Story’ day and a monthly Sausage Sizzle. Veterans and their families are welcome to join in. 

To find out more, or to register for these activities visit www.facebook.com/whvetlounge or call the Manager, Peter, on 0401 625 353. The Veterans Lounge is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm and Saturday from 9am to 1pm. 

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