Funding helps veterans in Bishop Auckland

26 January 2018 - Latest news

Young air cadets are supporting veterans thanks to funding from one of the region’s largest providers of social housing.

Members of 2505 (Bishop Auckland) Squadron Royal Air Force Cadets have been able to host an event for local veterans and their families thanks to funding from believe housing.

Working with the armed services charity SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association), the cadets were able to host ‘Operation Red Velvet’, a drop-in café for veterans in the Newgate Centre of Bishop Auckland.

believe housing provided £460 towards the session through its ‘believe housing community grant’ scheme. The funding also helped the cadets gain formal qualifications in food hygiene so they were able to get hands on with serving refreshments.

The Mayor of Bishop Auckland, Councillor Adam Zair, and Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Mrs Sue Snowdon, were both in attendance.

believe housing Funding Officer, Damian Pearson, said: “These dedicated cadets were very keen to support local veterans and just needed a little extra help to make it possible.

“The believe housing community grant funding not only ensured that an event could take place, but it has also given the young cadets an extra string to their bow. Now they have a useful qualification that will stay with them for many years to come.”

Flight Lieutenant Ian Pepper RAFAC, Officer Commanding 2505 (Bishop Auckland) Squadron said: “It was great to meet the military veterans and their families in the ‘pop up’ café, with the cadets doing a fantastic job hosting the event”

The application process for ‘believe housing community grant’ has been kept deliberately simple and funding decisions will be made monthly to ensure local groups are not waiting for lengthy periods to find out if they have been successful.

Full details of the believe housing community grant scheme are available at here.

2505 (Bishop Auckland) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets meets on a Monday and Thursday from 7pm to 9.30pm in the Reserve Forces Centre Centre, St Andrews Road, Bishop Auckland. For more information about 2505 Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets click here or email

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