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Veterans Memory Café is launched in Plymouth City Centre

4th of July sees a new drop-in café open its doors to veterans and their carers at The Royal British Legion Pop-in, Plymouth..

Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia. By 2021, 1 million people will be living with the condition. The Legion recognises the need of dedicated care for our beneficiaries and their carers that are living with dementia.

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Royal British Legion opens welfare office in Camarthen

A new hub for The Royal British Legion’s services for West Wales has opened in Carmarthen.

Operating from the Ty Myrddin building in the town centre, the office will host a Welfare Officer and Membership Support Officer, delivering services to the beneficiary community and growing membership footprint in West Wales. It will also host regular clinics from specialist Legion staff to assist with war pensions, independent living and benefits and money advice.

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The Legion helped us come back together after tragedy

After her husband took his own life, the Legion stepped in to support Chantelle and her young family.

Together since they were 16 years old, Chantelle married her husband Ryan in 1998 and they became parents to two girls, Rosie and Daisy. Ever since she had known Ryan he had been involved in the Territorial Army (TA) and loved serving in the military, following in his brother’s and father’s footsteps.

Ryan was unable to join the Army full time due to being deaf in one ear yet he was proud to serve in the TA and progressed his career in medicine as an operating department practitioner, eventually working at the local hospital.

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How Rigby the autism assistance dog supports Jake

On discovering that a dog could help support their autistic son, The Gill family reached out to The Royal British Legion for help.

Simon Gill and his wife Jo both served in the Royal Military Police from the late 1980s, mainly in Northern Ireland. They got married in 1994 and left the Forces three years later. The couple now have two sons, Ben, 15, and Jake, 13.

In 2012 when Jake was seven, he was diagnosed with autism and now attends a specialist school.

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Royal British Legion Centenary Poppy sculpture unveiled in Shropshire

The Royal British Legion’s Shropshire Poppy Appeal and St Chad’s Church unveiled a collaborative art sculpture to mark the First World War Centenary this week.

The Churchwardens of St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury welcomed the public to witness the unveiling of Shropshire’s sculpture to remember all from the county who gave their lives in the Great War.

The Shropshire Poppy Appeal and St Chad’s Church have been working with two local artists, Lyn Evans and Nik Burns along with Martin Phillips of Heritage Schools, to commemorate this special year.

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Legion urges Service Leavers and Veterans to ‘get help early’

Call to arms to help Armed Forces community access housing support as soon as possible

THE ROYAL British Legion is today calling on Service leavers and veterans to ‘get help early’ as they adjust to civilian life.

Not everyone struggles with the transition and, for many, difficulties with housing might not occur for many years after Service. Issues often arise due to unforeseen circumstances such as relationship breakdowns or financial complications however, the transient nature of Service life, confusion over how to access support services, and often a reticence to ask for help, can cause a unique set of challenges for the Armed Forces community.

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Legion care home residents welcome donated pots and plants

Apta and Jersey Plants Direct donate plants and pots to The Royal British Legion’s six care homes for residents to enjoy this summer

Residents of The Royal British Legion’s six award-winning care homes, four of which include specialist dementia care wings, have taken delivery of new plants and pots donated by Apta and Jersey Plants Direct, for their enjoyment this summer.

Dunkirk Memorial House in Taunton, Galanos House in Warwickshire, Halsey House in Norfolk, Lister House in Ripon, Mais House in East Sussex, and Maurice House in Kent have all gratefully welcomed the horticultural gifts, which include glazed poppy pots, geraniums, begonias, petunias, and impatiens.

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Veterans struggling with life after the military are urged to join a unique Peer Support Service

Former servicemen and women who are struggling to cope with life outside of the military are being urged to sign up to a Peer Support Service, delivered by veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress.

Led by veterans for veterans, it’s the first UK-wide service of its kind for those with mental health problems. The Peer Support Service, funded by The Royal British Legion, helps those veterans whose mental health has been affected by their time in the Armed Forces, and who are experiencing loneliness and social isolation after leaving the military.

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Team UK unveiled for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018

The UK team for the 2018 Invictus Games was unveiled this morning in central London.

The first official gathering of the 72-strong team of wounded, injured and sick (WIS) serving military personnel and Veterans took place early this morning at Horse Guards Parade in London.

Help for Heroes is responsible for training, selecting and developing the UK team and this year saw record numbers of hopefuls apply to be on the UK team. The team is comprised of 13 Serving members of the Armed Forces and 59 Veterans. 64% of those selected are new to the Invictus Games.

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300,000 Veterans living with hearing loss in the UK – Legion urges veterans to seek help during deaf awareness week

The Royal British Legion is calling on the UK’s veteran community to seek help during Deaf Awareness Week, after finding that 300,000 ex-service personnel are living with hearing loss.

Whilst the life-changing issues of PTSD and limb loss are widely recognised as results of warfare and Service, relatively little attention has been given to the number of ex-service personnel living with hearing loss, or the support made available to them.

Hearing loss can have a profound effect an individual’s quality of life, and has been linked to depression, stress and loneliness as well as reduced physical and mental health.

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