FORCES for CHANGE concert will celebrate national veterans’ campaign on World Mental Health Day

A wealth of Welsh and international talent will be on stage at the Princess Royal Theatre, Port Talbot on 10th October to celebrate a national 2017 campaign for veterans with mental health problems.

FORCES for CHANGE, a Wales-wide 2017 campaign, has seen armed and blue light veterans reaching out to fellow veterans who are experiencing mental health problems. Campaign events have taken place in all 22 counties of Wales, and at the Royal Welsh Show and National Eisteddfod.

The veteran-led campaign is supported by Welsh mental health charity Hafal in partnership with Bipolar UK, Diverse Cymru, CAIS, Care after Combat, Veterans NHS Wales, Carers Wales, Change Step, The Royal British Legion, the National Centre for Mental Health and Hafal Crossroads.

The FORCES for CHANGE concert on 10th October – World Mental Health Day 2017 – will serve as a huge thank you to everyone who has taken part in the campaign, and is dedicated to our veterans who have contributed so much to Welsh life.

Alun Thomas, Chief Executive of Hafal, said: “The FORCES for CHANGE campaign has struck a chord. At the county events the engagement with the campaign has been very telling. There is clearly a need to ensure veterans feel able to ask for help with their mental health – and that they have access to the support they need.

“The concert at the Princess Royal Theatre will be a celebration of the campaign’s achievements and our way of giving something back to armed and  blue light service veterans. It promises to be a truly uplifting evening.”

Performers on the night include:-

  • The Veteran Concert Band Wales
  • Neath Male Voice Choir
  • Neath Ukulele Band
  • Kirsten Orsborn – the Royal Marines’ official Forces’ Sweetheart
  • Menna Cazel – a soprano with the Dresden Semperoper
  • Captain Richard Cann
  • Ysgol Bae Baglan
  • Neath College.

A raffle will also be held on the night, with prizes including a signed shirt from Welsh footballer Gareth Bale, a stay in a Somerset B&B, a tour of the Principality Stadium for four people and a Samsung tablet.

Matt Pearce