Helping Ian to get out and about

The RAF Association supports members of the RAF family in many different ways. When Ian felt like he was losing his independence, he reached out to the RAF Association.

Ian joined the RAF in 1958, working as a teleprinter operator, sending signals from station to station. During his time in the RAF, Ian served at many UK bases, including Brize Norton,

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The Soldiers’ Charity awards Combat Stress a grant of £250,000

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has awarded Combat Stress a grant of £250,000 to help provide occupational therapy within their treatment centres.

Combat Stress offers occupational therapy to all veterans undertaking a residential programme at one of their three treatment centres and over the past year have introduced occupational therapists to their community teams.

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Lord Kitchener’s Centre – Lowestoft – spreading the word

Kitchener’s Holiday Centre in Lowestoft, Suffolk offer very well priced and well situated breaks for serving and ex-service personnel and their families. Open from April to October prices are very reasonable (from £170 half board pp; B&B from £21 pp pn).

With very limited money/resources for Centre publicity; the delightful Centre on the seafront is heavily reliant on word of mouth.

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Former officer community faces new challenges

The OA has produced an infographic to sit alongside their latest report – funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and released last week. The report provides a definitive demographic profile of the serving and ex-officer community.


Demographic Research of the Serving and Former Officer Community, states that there are over 26,820 serving UK officers, and an estimated 371,600 veteran officers in Great Britain, including 19,200 over ninety years of age.

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Skiing Holidays Assist Veterans’ Recovery From Injury

Over the last two weeks we have taken two separate groups of service men and women with physical and mental injuries on skiing holidays to Breckenridge in Colorado. Skiing and the other challenging activities that we offer enable younger injured beneficiaries to overcome many of their fears and doubts about their capabilities post physical or mental injury.

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DMWS: Rick getting his life back on track thanks to the E-Fan Project

In December last year DMWS Welfare Officer Isaac Smith met Rick for the first time. At that point Rick was homeless and sleeping rough in a Manchester Park. His benefits had been suspended and he found himself with no money. Worse, he was suffering with anxiety, depression and alcohol issues.

Rick was then referred to Isaac from Salford probation via the Ex Forces Action Network (E-Fan) for some extra support around his housing situation and his benefits. E-Fan is a new initiative set up to connect ex-forces personnel, who’ve had any contact with the Criminal Justice System, to a wide range of services in partnership with the Defence Medical Welfare Service.

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Working together for Nepal

The Trust works with a lot of organisations in Nepal, from DFID and the British Gurkhas to the Nepali government and other international NGOs.

One of our closest partners is the Kadoorie Agricultural Aid Association (KAAA). It started in the late 1960s, at the same time as the Trust, when Major General ‘Bunny’ Burnett raised concerns about support for Gurkha veterans returning to Nepal.

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