RAF Brize Norton Boxing Night Raises £1200 for the RAF Benevolent Fund

A boxing night at RAF Brize Norton has raised £1200 for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

The event, organised by Corporal John Kearns and Sergeant Anthony Lydon, with the help of the RAF Brize Norton Fire Section, saw bouts between boxers from the RAF, the Royal Navy and local boxing clubs. An auction also took place mid evening for the chance to win boxing gloves and an RAF boxing shirt signed by Tony “Bomber” Bellew the current WBC Cruiserweight Champion.

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OA’s drive to digitalisation continues with the launch of Virtual Careers Fair

Following the launch of its employment App at the end of last year, the OA has continued to embrace its drive for digitalisation of its services, with its first Virtual Careers Fair which will be held in April 2017.

Working in collaboration with social enterprise, SaluteMyJob, the fair will be aimed at serving and former Service men and women seeking to transition into management roles in the commercial and Third sectors.

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Forces Welfare Media Team – update

The SSVC Forces Welfare Media Team has been busier than ever in recent weeks.

Reporter Victoria Smith recently filmed with Rick McGillivray, a veteran helped out of homelessness by E-FAN, a Covenant-funded project run by the Defence Medical Welfare Service and the Cheshire & Greater Manchester Rehabilitation Company. Rick fondly remembers his Army career but no longer has any photos from the time. The Welfare Team helped him to appeal on social media which led to numerous messages of support by friends he made in the Army and at school, as well as a number of photos.

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Deptherapy & Deptherapy Education runs 2nd Mental Health First Aid for the Armed Services Community Course

Fifteen members of the Deptherapy team including injured programme members attended the two day MHFA for the Armed Services Community held at Cantley House Hotel, Wokingham on 19/20 February 2017.

The course is a requirement for all Trustees, scuba instructors and divemasters selected to work as volunteers on the Deptherapy programme.

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AWS Re:Start

Amazon Web Services (AWS) have launched a programme, called AWS re:Start which is aimed at providing training and potential employment opportunities for Service leavers, spouses, veterans, reserves and cadets.

This four week programme will take you through how to use the latest software development and cloud computing technologies.

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Look and feel a million dollars and help raise money for local military charity

A local military charity will be showcasing a range of products and treatments at a Pop Up Spa this March.

The Blind Veterans UK Pop Up Spa Night will be taking place at St. George’s Hotel, Llandudno on Thursday 23 March. Amongst the exhibitors will be Arbonne Skin Care, Lotus Yoga Studio, MD Hair & Beauty and many more.

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