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The Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) appointed Allan Thomson as new Chairman

The Defence Medical Welfare Service is delighted to announce that Brigadier (Ret’d) Allan Thomson MSc MBA FIET CEng has taken over as the Chairman of Trustees from Major General (Ret’d) John Stokoe CB CBE, on 1.3.2017.

On speaking of his appointment, Allan Thomson said: “I am delighted to have been appointed the Chair of the Defence Medical Welfare Services to succeed John Stokoe. I am looking forward to bringing my business experience and skills to such a dynamic charity.

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Stoll runs free English classes for Gurkha Veteran community in Hounslow

Stoll is offering free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes to support its Gurkha residents and their families improve their English and engage more confidently with the wider community. The first pilot course is currently running at Stoll’s Countess of Wessex House for two hours a week for 12 weeks and will come to an end in April.

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Concerts Provide Health Benefits For Care Home Residents

Research shows that music can have a powerful therapeutic effect on those living in care, particularly on older people with dementia.

Since it was founded for ‘the comfort, cheer and entertainment’ of servicemen injured in WWI, The Not Forgotten Association has organised annual concert programmes in ex-service care homes across the UK. This year’s series, which will provide fun, entertainment and a much-needed boost to over 4,000 people, has just begun with 10 concerts in Scotland.

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New Forces in Mind Trust award: King’s College London to research secondary mental health treatment for ex-Service personnel

A grant of £158,999 has been awarded to King’s College London to conduct an 18-month feasibility study exploring the type of mental health problems UK veterans experience who actively access secondary mental health care, their pathway through treatment, the outcomes of the treatment they receive, and their socio-demographic profile. The project will compare and contrast these findings with non-veterans (ie the general population) who access the same services, as well as UK veterans who access veteran-specific mental health care services.

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Forces in Mind Trust’s first two Specialist Fellows celebrate the end of their Fellowships on Clore Social Leadership’s Fellowship programme 2015 and 2016

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), established to help ex-Service personnel and their families make a successful transition back to civilian life, formally celebrated the achievements of their first two Specialist FiMT Fellows on Clore Social Leadership’s Fellowship Programme at a dedicated event marking the end of the 2015 and 2016 Fellowships.

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Suffolk blind veteran to take on mammoth 100k challenge for military charity

A blind veteran from Bury St. Edmunds is preparing to embark on a 100 kilometre walking challenge for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired Service men and women.

Colin Penaluna, 55, will be taking on the challenge for the second time with his guide, Russell Deamer, an advertising professional from Burgess Hill, Sussex, with whom Colin has previously conquered the immense challenge.

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