Health and Wellbeing

Celebrating Armed Forces Day and supporting our student veterans

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talks about the dedicated support available to student veterans…

Armed Forces Day is an annual event which provides an opportunity to show our support for the men and women in the armed forces who are currently, or have previously served, as well as their families and children, reservists and cadets.  Here at Cardiff University we’re pleased to be celebrating the occasion and highlighting the dedicated support we offer our student veterans.


Who is a ‘veteran’?

You’d be forgiven for having a picture in your mind of an older man wearing medals at a parade. However, this is a misconception… an armed forces’ veteran is an ex or current service man or woman who has served for a minimum of one day in the armed forces.

In fact, the average age of a service leaver is 29 years old and most veterans will have a civilian career that is longer than their military service.

We are aware we have student veterans studying here at Cardiff University and we are continually reviewing and developing our support for them.


Armed Forces Day Events

Armed Forces Day is your chance to show your support for our armed forces servicemen and women.

Celebrations begin on Monday 19th June, when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country, including at Cardiff University’s Main Building.


Cardiff University Forces Veterans Meet up

Fancy a brew and some biscuits brown…?

Tuesday 20 June, 17:30 – 18:45, 50, Park Place

As part of our Forces’ Veterans Project, we would like to invite student veterans to 50 Park Place to meet with each other, as an opportunity to get to know each other and meet like-minded people. Please know this will be informal and relaxed.

Book a place here or alternatively you can email us at to let us know you’re interested or to find out more. Check out the Facebook event page here.


Celebrating Reserves Day

Wednesday 21 June

Reservists are everywhere, but you might not know it. So on Reserves Day, our Reservists wear their uniform in their civilian life – here are some from the last few years! Keep an eye out for them this year.



160th Infantry Brigade and HQ Wales Armed Forces Transition Fair

Thursday 22 June 12:00 – 14:30, Cardiff City Hall

Service leavers are invited to a fair where there will be employers, educational establishments, welfare providers, housing and health advisers as well as third sector organisations who support the armed forces. There is no charge for this event.


South Wales Armed Forces Day

Saturday 24 June, 11:00 – 18:30, Caerphilly

South Wales Armed Forces Day is being celebrated on Saturday 24th June 2017 in Caerphilly, with a parade starting at 11am. It’s an opportunity to say a big thank you to our veterans and to raise awareness and support for the armed forces community. Last year’s event saw over 10,000 people take to the streets to show their support for the armed forces community.

Please share your images with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Free food for serving troops and veterans 

Toby Carvery are repeating their ‘Free Carvery’ offer for serving troops and veterans as part of Armed Forces day. Available on Saturday 24th June only (Carvery) or one pound for breakfast any day this week. All you need to do is visit the Toby Carvery website and print off the voucher.


Cardiff University Forces Veterans’ Project

My name is Rachel Whitmore and I’m the dedicated member of staff who acts as the first point of contact for student veterans. I’m based in the Student Support Centre at 50 Park Place, Cathays and on a Wednesday I am based at Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus.  My role is to work with student veterans to understand your individual needs including any financial, housing and emotional support we may be able to offer you. We can also signpost you to services in Cardiff such as Change Step, Royal British Legion, NHS Veterans Wales, Hire a Hero and many more.

I work closely with my colleague, Justin French, an army veteran who also works in the Student Support Centre (Monday-Friday). Justin is able to understand the culture and experiences of veterans on a personal level and can provide one-to-one counselling support, if requested.


Are you a veteran studying at Cardiff University?

We would like to hear from you!…

We are currently working to identify how many veterans are studying at Cardiff University so that we can tailor this project to the needs of students. We are really interested to hear from you if you are a veteran or if you are a close family member of a veteran. Please click on the link below to complete our quick and anonymous survey to let us know how we can best help you at University:

Click here to take the Veterans Survey


Are you interested in volunteering with the Royal British Legion?

Cardiff University are working together with Cardiff’s Royal British Legion (RBL). They offer a pop-in advice and information centre for Service personnel and veterans to get practical help and advice.

RBL are looking to recruit volunteers to join their Poppy Appeal, to fundraise from October through to November. Volunteers are needed to sell poppies in Cardiff City Centre and the surrounding areas for a couple of hours a week.

RBL also have opportunities for Poppy Appeal Organisers to recruit volunteers, organise collection rotas, order poppies and count and collect money raised during the Appeal. This is an ideal opportunity for someone keen to get more involved with a national charity. For more information or to get involved, please contact Jo Kelly – 07918563821.


Contact us in Counselling Health & Wellbeing

If you are experiencing any kind of emotional distress, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. The Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service can offer support to anybody experiencing any sort of difficulty, however big or small.

We offer booked appointments via our online referral questionnaire, in which our friendly, approachable staff can offer you non-judgmental support in a safe and confidential space. We also offer a daily Wellbeing Walk-In Service (3pm-3.45pm: Monday–Friday and Wednesday mornings: 9.30am-10.15am at the Student Support Centre at 50 Park Place; and Wednesday afternoons 3pm-3.45pm at Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus).

If you are worried that you are experiencing physical symptoms that may be affecting your health, we strongly advise you to make a GP appointment to discuss this. If you do not already have a GP, please contact NHS Wales on 0845 46 47 or check out their website.


Your feedback and help please

Have you found this blog post useful?  Please help us by commenting in the comments bar below, and if there is anything further you’d like to know ask your questions there too.

We’d also be grateful if you can share this information by re-tweeting or sharing with your fellow students who may find this useful – you can do this by using the share buttons or via twitter and facebook.


Best wishes,

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner, Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Team.

Your Student Life, Supported.

The Student Support Centre has a range of services dedicated to helping students make the most of their time at University, including: Advice and MoneyCareers and EmployabilityCounselling, Health and Wellbeing, Disability and Dyslexia and International Student Support. The Student Support Centres are located at 50 Park Place, Cathays Campus and Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus.

For further details of services, events, opening times and more find us on the University Intranet.


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