AS veterans on our on-going programme for ex-military personal enjoyed preparing and serving a festive lunch, they were waving goodbye to one of their team members – but for a very good
Darren Arundel is one of the participants on this first-ever CatZero programme exclusively for veterans, and he is leaving with a month to go because he has secured full-time employment.
In January he will start within the caravan construction sector in East Yorkshire – something he said would not have happened if he had not embarked on the CatZero programme.
“This has helped me so much, and all the support has helped me to get this job,” he said.
Darren was one of the group members who prepared, cooked and served a three-course Christmas meal, complete with games and quizzes.
The event, held at The Minerva Masonic Hall, in Prince Street, Hull, was attended by family and programme supporters, who enjoyed a menu including soup or prawn cocktail, turkey roast dinner, beef wellington or vegetarian nut loaf and trifle or Christmas pudding.
Relatives enjoying the occasion included Daniel Hallett’s father Troy along with his two-year-old son Daniel and partner Tammy.
Thanking everyone for attending, CatZero’s Programme Delivery Officer Maria Brennan said: “What a great meal, wonderfully prepared with a really festive atmosphere.”
Everyone at CatZero also thanked everyone at the Minerva Masonic Hall for the use of the venue.
This Veterans Programme is funded by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and JobCentre Plus with the aim of supporting those who have served in the military to overcome some of the challenges they have faced.