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RAF Halton visits disabled veterans living at The Royal Star & Garter Homes

Residents at The Royal Star & Garter Homes recently welcomed RAF servicemen and women when they recently visited the Surbiton Home.

Residents were delighted to welcome the Training Staff, Aircraftmen and Women currently stationed at RAF Halton to share an afternoon participating in various activities. After a tour of the Home, they joined in with Tai Chi, followed by a piano led sing-along.

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X-Forces reaches milestone: 1,000 small military businesses supported!

X-Forces is proud to announce that it has officially broken another glass ceiling, having supported 1,000 entrepreneurs, and lent over £9M in seed capital to help veterans and their families start their own businesses.

X-Forces 1,000th Success Story: Lee Harris-Hamer

The 1,000th recipient of X-Forces’ support, Lee is the owner of White Horse Cleaning Company Limited based in in Thirsk, North Yorkshire

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Plans unveiled for Broughton House Veterans Care Village

Plans have been unveiled for a £12.5m Veterans Care Village at Broughton House in Salford.

Broughton House is the only home for ex-servicemen and women in the north west and in 2016 celebrated its centenary.

Plans for the new village will be submitted to Salford City Council this month and are expected to be considered by the planning, building and regeneration committee in September.

If permission is granted, work on the ambitious scheme is due to start early next year. A public consultation exercise is currently underway.

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Blind veteran from Norwich welcomes visitors to military charity’s Hampton Court show garden

A blind veteran from Norwich who receives vital support from Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women, visited the charity’s show garden at the prestigious RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show last week.

Chris Humphrey, 65 and from Thorpe End, volunteered as an ambassador for Blind Veterans UK and encouraged anyone who could receive support from the charity to get in touch.

After joining the Royal Navy in 1967, Chris was first employed as a Junior Radio Operator on HMS Raleigh. He says: “I completed my initial training on HMS Raleigh, before completing my Branch Training on HMS Mercury.

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Ex-Service personnel, employment and mental health: Forces in Mind Trust issues call for research proposals

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), in collaboration with Centre for Mental Health and King’s Centre for Military Health Research, has issued its second highlight notice under its multi-million pound Mental Health Research Programme, a five year programme established to encourage high quality research in the field of veterans’ and their families’ mental health.

The aim of this highlight notice is to encourage applications through the Mental Health Research Programme (MHRP) that propose innovative ways to identify, evaluate and/or propose new methods to address employment rates of former Services personnel with mental ill-health.

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