Charity blames council after leaving Warrington

Charity blames council after leaving Warrington

Charity blames council after leaving Warrington

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A CHARITY that provides vital support to veteran’s in Warrington say it has been forced out of town as Warrington Borough Council has ‘turned it back’ on them.

Blue Apple Heroes has now left its home in Woolston, with founder Mark Smith claiming the council has ‘back tracked’ on promises to provide it with a permanent home.

He said: “We are finished in Warrington.

“Warrington Borough Council has gone back on their word.

“They have really used and abused us.

“We have had enough.”

The charity supports veterans and their families with outreach work, finding a home and employment advice.

It was using a warehouse, free of charge, on Tatton Court.

The warehouse provided a place for second hand furniture to be dropped off, and then used to furnish the homes of veterans.

However, that building has now been sold, according to Mr Smith, meaning the service has to move to Liverpool.

Possible locations are currently under consideration.

Mr Smith says the council had agreed to find Blue Apple Heroes, which supports 47 veterans, a permanent base in the town centre.

However, he claims that offer has now been withdrawn. 

A council spokesman said “The council is not involved in or responsible for the sale of the warehouse.

"We have been working with Blue Apple Heroes to find a location and offered a number of options but so far these have been declined by the charity.

"Warrington council has been leading the way across Cheshire to understand and respond to the sacrifice given by military veterans.

"The Council has supported the development of a military veteran forum to ensure that the needs of veterans in Warrington can be heard, understood and met. 

"From this a 'military veterans hub' is currently being established at the Gateway.

"This holistic information and action resource will replace single agency intervention in the town."

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10:27am Fri 16 May 14

MikeJT says...

"We have been working with Blue Apple Heroes to find a location and offered a number of options but so far these have been declined by the charity."

Council speak for "we tried to palm them off with any old premises without actually trying to find out what they needed". ?
"We have been working with Blue Apple Heroes to find a location and offered a number of options but so far these have been declined by the charity." Council speak for "we tried to palm them off with any old premises without actually trying to find out what they needed". ? MikeJT
  • Score: 2

11:20am Fri 16 May 14

Daz@SankeyviaOrford says...

I'm sure WG or Warrington worldwide reported that this charity was moving to penketh business park. With a photo of wilves stars past and present holding a matress. I wonder want happened with that?
I'm sure WG or Warrington worldwide reported that this charity was moving to penketh business park. With a photo of wilves stars past and present holding a matress. I wonder want happened with that? Daz@SankeyviaOrford
  • Score: 3

11:23am Fri 16 May 14

grey_man says...

Holistic information and action resource?

God help us if the people in charge of communications at the council mistake this for written English.
Holistic information and action resource? God help us if the people in charge of communications at the council mistake this for written English. grey_man
  • Score: 4

11:28pm Fri 16 May 14

Karlar says...

grey_man wrote:
Holistic information and action resource?

God help us if the people in charge of communications at the council mistake this for written English.
What does the whole sentence "This holistic information and action resource will replace single agency intervention in the town." mean?
They obviously did not consult all the stakeholders.
[quote][p][bold]grey_man[/bold] wrote: Holistic information and action resource? God help us if the people in charge of communications at the council mistake this for written English.[/p][/quote]What does the whole sentence "This holistic information and action resource will replace single agency intervention in the town." mean? They obviously did not consult all the stakeholders. Karlar
  • Score: 0

6:38am Sat 17 May 14

tojahejome says...

I think that all the charities that support people from the armed forces are worthwhile and do a really good job. However I do not think it is up to councils (whereever they are) to be responsible for providing premises (I hope that's a word)
I think that all the charities that support people from the armed forces are worthwhile and do a really good job. However I do not think it is up to councils (whereever they are) to be responsible for providing premises (I hope that's a word) tojahejome
  • Score: 9

2:30pm Mon 19 May 14

londonwire says...

That really is a gibberish council quote. The WG shouldn't be afraid to throw the provided comment back at the spokesbloke and ask for one the readers can understand.
That really is a gibberish council quote. The WG shouldn't be afraid to throw the provided comment back at the spokesbloke and ask for one the readers can understand. londonwire
  • Score: 1

8:15pm Tue 20 May 14

LennieB says...

Seeing as Warrington has never been part of Cheshire, I think the council should be commended for leading part in that county's push in this area.
Seeing as Warrington has never been part of Cheshire, I think the council should be commended for leading part in that county's push in this area. LennieB
  • Score: 0

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