Learning about welfare advice for retired Gurkha soldiers

Yesterday I attended a monthly meeting of the Surrey Heath Veterans & Families – Listening Project at the Camberley Sea Cadet centre.

The main event was a presentation by Captain (Retd) Mahendra Limbu, Brigade Welfare Officer of the Brigade of Gurkhas, on the role of the Gurkha Welfare Advice Centres.

The presentation was the best I’ve seen and heard on the situation with retired Gurkhas. It was realistic on the complex issues around support for aging ex-Gurkhas without language skills, and employment skills. There are two Gurkha Welfare Advice Centres in the UK and a number in Nepal. The Centres are a joint operation between the Gurkha Welfare Trust – the leading Gurkha charity, and the Brigade of Gurkhas. The Gurkha Welfare Trust,

.. provides welfare to enable Gurkha ex-servicemen and their dependants to live out their lives with dignity, primarily in Nepal but increasingly in the UK and elsewhere.

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