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Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire continues to support DMWS

3 July 2018, the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson and his wife Christine Atkinson visits DMWS and continue to show a real interest in our charitable work of supporting those who serve when they suffer from ill health.

It has been a real pleasure to welcome the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Mr Nigel Atkinson and his wife Christine Atkinson to meet with DMWS’s CEO Paul Gaffney at our Headquarters in Andover yesterday.

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Hot off the press: DMWS 2017/2018 Impact Report

We are pleased to share our latest DMWS Impact Report presenting our facts & figures, service overview, insights and case studies of 2017/2018. It is a year of celebrations, as 2018 marks DMWS’s 75th anniversary. Throughout our history, we’ve always responded to the challenges and opportunities faced by those we support, which has made us what we are today: a highly responsive and professional medical welfare service.

During World War 2 we were tasked to ‘provide a service aiding the sick and wounded at home and in the field’ to improve wellbeing and deliver capability. Since 1943 we have deployed to every major conflict and have received many prestigious awards for our service.

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Veterans to return to World War Two scene of Arctic Convoys

Three veterans in their nineties will travel to Wester Ross today to attend a special annual ceremony on Sunday to commemorate the Russian Arctic Convoys of the Second World War; an event that claimed 3,000 lives.

The trio, who are making the trip thanks to the Unforgotten Forces project which supports older veterans and their families in Scotland, have become close friends and will also enjoy a three-night stay at a hotel in Gairloch as part of a new “Break Away” service.

Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, which brought the Western Allies together to provide essential support and supplies to the Soviet forces.

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DMWS proud winner of the Soldiering On Award 2018

In recognition of the charity’s commitment to support the Armed Forces community in the UK and abroad, the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) has been awarded this year’s Soldiering on Award in the International Award category.

DMWS is rich in international history. Dedicated welfare officers have deployed to every major conflict since WW2 including Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo and The Falklands to name but a few, working alongside our medical staff in the Field Hospitals. To this day, the Charity supports injured and ill service personnel, veterans, their family members, colleagues and medical personnel through extremely difficult times with the aim to improve the wellbeing of those affected by a physical or mental illness.

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Former Lieutenant Commander speaks passionately about DMWS support

Dr Matthew Kiernan, a former Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander, is passionate about helping ex-servicemen and women. He was medically retired on health grounds and is now an Associate Professor Mental Health and Veterans Studies, and leads the Northern Hub for Military Veterans and Families’ Research at Northumbria University in Newcastle. In his current role he is developing a Map of Need and an app that will make it easier for veterans to find information about the health and social care services available to them. Paul Gaffney, CEO of the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) met with Matthew at the charity’s headquarter yesterday, to discuss current veteran and military family research projects.

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DMWS meet MPs at Westminster

The Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) was delighted to meet MPs, Councillors and representatives from charitable organisations at Portcullis House on Tuesday, 20 March 2018. The lunch reception gave the charity the opportunity to highlight the positive impact DMWS has on the well-being of fronline staff and their families during times of ill health, as well as talk about the charity’s vision of the future. Host of the event was Mrs Anne-Marie Tervelyan, MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, who is passionate about the welfare of veterans and serving members of the Armed Forces and a key advocate of the Charity’s work.

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High Sheriff’s award for Police Medical Welfare Service

The High Sheriff of Hampshire, Mary Montagu-Scott, has honoured the members of the Police Medical Welfare Service with a High Sheriff Award in recognition of providing a unique welfare service to Hampshire Constabulary.

About 100 guests attended the High Sheriff of Hampshire Award Ceremony at the Great Hall in Winchester on Wednesday 14th March 2018. 16 individuals and organisations were presented with an award certificate by the High Sheriff of Hampshire Mrs Mary Montagu-Scott for going beyond the ‘call of duty’.

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Unforgotten Forces working together successfully to support veterans

When 65 year old veteran Ken lost his eyesight temporarily, he and his wife Gina found help from several organisations, including the Defence Medical Welfare Service, within the Unforgotten Forces Project.

Ken served in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers for 4.5 years before he left the service in 1977. After his army career Ken and his wife Gina successfully ran their own pub. Unfortunately, in 2008 Gina had an accident and developed Myelopathy, a degenerative neurological condition related to the spinal cord, which leaves her in a lot of pain.

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International Woman’s day: Meeting the specific needs of female soldiers, veterans and spouses

On International Woman’s day we celebrate the cultural, political, social and economic achievements of women. Women have played a pivotal role within the Armed Forces. Military spouses (a majority of whom are women) are supporting the serving partner, not only by providing emotional support, but also practical and financial help, especially during times of deployment.

During the First and Second World Wars, women looked after the wounded or were called up for war work, in roles such as mechanics, engineers and drivers, whilst fighting the daily battle of running the household alone. In recent years women were integrated into the rest of the army.

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MHFA England interviews DMWS Training

Mark Perryman, Training Manager for DMWS Training has recently been interviewed by Mental Health First Aid England on his path from being a member of the Armed Forces, to becoming a Welfare Officer at DMWS and for the last 3 years delivering DMWS Training, including MHFA courses to internal staff and external organisations. He said: “When we deliver MHFA we try to bust myths – like ‘everyone who serves leaves with a mental illness’, or ‘there’s no support for mental health in the military’.”

As the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) celebrates its 75th year of supporting the Armed Forces community, the charity continues to innovate the welfare profession.

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