Forces Welfare Media Team – Update

The SSVC Forces Welfare Media Team have been busy reporting from schools, playing fields and even from the back of a fire engine.

In Bradford, reporter Dave McCann has been filming veterans from the Skillforce charity who deliver courses to students. He’s also been investigating how the pupil premium works in a school in North Yorkshire.

They’ve featured Rangers Football Club teaching Glasgow Veterans United some skills, and filmed with the Rochdale Hornets – a covenant-funded wheelchair rugby project!

Dave also filmed with angling charity Cast North West, who offer fishing as a form of therapy, and reporter Victoria Smith focused on a new NHS England mental health service for veterans.

The team did its first series of Facebook Lives, as Victoria and Luke Hurst spent the day with Surrey Fire and Rescue service. They went out on call in the fire truck, and up a 100 -foot high turntable ladder.

The service recruits a large number of veterans and reservists, and is run along traditional naval lines.

Victoria filmed the inspirational Penny Melville-Jones, a former Royal Navy Commander and beneficiary of Blind Veterans UK who is now a cook, despite having lost her sight. Her project, Baking Blind, is up for a prestigious prize.

Coming up, Luke will be filming with Surf Action, which provides adventure breaks for veterans and their families in Cornwall.

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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