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.  Victoria also met the Broome family who have been helped through the challenges of long Royal Navy deployments by the books of David Walliams and Reading Force.

Luke Hurst travelled to Blind Veterans UK’s Llandudno Centre to film the unveiling of an anti-gravity trainer that will help training and recovery for visually impaired veterans.  He also caught up with a team training to take on June’s 100km Yorkshire Challenge.  Luke’s also been to Broughton House to hear about their plans for a Veterans’ Village and teed off with the On Course Foundation to find out how golf can help wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women and veterans.

The team’s Scotland reporter, Dave McCann, has been on the road with one of the DMWS Welfare Workers, finding out how they support veterans around the country.  He also joined ex-servicemen and staff from the Venture Trust as they got back to nature as part of the charity’s ‘Positive Futures’ programme which is funded by grants from both the Armed Forces Covenant Fund and the Forces in Mind Trust.

You can see all the team’s videos by liking their Facebook page –, by going to and by following them on Twitter (@forceswelfare).

If you’d like to discuss how they might feature the work your charity’s doing in 2017, email the team at

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