WASP (WELFARE SERVICE PROVISION)
For nearly 50 years, the WEST INDIAN ASSOCIATION OF SERVICE PERSONNEL
(WASP) has been providing a range of welfare support services to AFRICAN and WEST INDIAN military veterans.
PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED BY MILITARY VETERANS
For every AFRICAN and WEST INDIAN war hero, there are hundreds of AFRICAN and
WEST INDIAN military veterans experiencing problems as a result of Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder (PTSD) eg: flashbacks, nightmares, anger and depression – often
leading to violence, alcohol and substance misuse, job loss, family breakdown and
- Immigration – When they leave the British Armed Forces, AFRICAN and WEST
INDIAN soldiers who were recruited directly from Africa and the West Indies do
not have the right to live or work in Britain – they are often homeless, jobless,
unable to support their families back home and are generally destitute.
- PTSD – long into the 21st century, at least 1.8 million veterans will live with PTSD.
Suicide – more British soldiers die from suicide than battle.
- Homelessness – 1 in 4 of the homeless/rough sleeping population is a veteran.
- Prison – over 20,000 veterans are in prison or on probation.
The government calls veterans ‘heroes’ but in practice do very little to help the
veterans. It is left up to military charities such as WASP to support the veterans and
PURCHASE AND REFURBISHMENT OF BUILDING – WASP delivers its welfare
services to the veterans from its Headquarters in Clapham, South London. The building
is owned by Lambeth Borough Council and the Council now wants to sell the building to
the highest bidder. WASP needs to buy the building to continue to support AFRICAN
and WEST INDIAN veterans long into the 21st century.
MUSEUM – WASP is working with the Imperial War Museum to turn part of the building
into a museum to enrich people’s understanding of the contributions and sacrifices
made by AFRICAN and WEST INDIAN countries, their civilian populations and military
personnel in support of Britain during times of war over the last 250 years.
WAR MEMORIAL – WASP is working with Lambeth Borough Council to erect a War
Memorial on Windrush Square – opposite Lambeth Town Hall – to remind nations of the
world, of the AFRICAN and WEST INDIAN military personnel who served and died in
support of the British Crown.