The Northern Ireland Phoenix Organisation has constituted its latest group in East Antrim during an inaugural meeting at Mossley Mill.
Over 40 individuals, including political representatives, heard from NIPO Chair David Crabbe OBE as he outlined the work of the organisation and its plans for the future.
Alderman William Ball of Newtownabbey Borough Council hosted the event and spoke about the need for the group in the area, while Mayor Alderman Frazer Agnew also pledged his support.
The organisation was set up in the aftermath of the peace process to meet the needs of members of the security forces who served during The Troubles and who felt isolated or in need of support.
Six groups were then set up across the province through the EU Peace III fund.
The organisation is unique in that it includes the families of those who served, while local groups operate drop-in centres where advice can often be given or members can be sign-posted to suitable organisations on any Troubles-related issue.
The County Antrim NI Phoenix group are urging any eligible person from Newtownabbey, Carrickfergus, Larne and Ballyclare who is interested in registering to get in touch.
For more information, call the group all the Development Officer on 028 91815827.