13 September 2017 – Business Start-up Workshop for Naval families: Portsmouth


Whether you’ve already started working on your business idea or just considering self-employment, why not come along this X-Forces business workshop and meet like-minded people.

This practical workshop will equip you with the relevant information needed to decide if self-employment is right for you.

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MOD launches Defence People Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood launches innovative mental health strategy at major international veterans conference

Tobias Ellwood, Minister for Defence People and Veterans, has today launched an innovative strategy to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the Armed Forces, their families, veterans, and Defence civilians.

While rates of mental disorder are slightly lower in the Armed Forces (3.2%) than in the general population (3.5%), the challenge of improving the mental health of the MOD’s entire workforce is an important one.

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Former Air Vice-Marshal, Steve Chisnall, to Cycle in the OA Triathlon Team

Steve Chisnall, an Officers’ Association (OA) Trustee and former Air Vice-Marshal, is cycling for the OA in the OA Inter-Services Triathlon at the end of July. We interviewed him to find out more.

This year the triathlon is organised by the RAF Triathlon Association and sponsored by the OA. The Army, Navy and RAF will compete at the annual event, in individual and team categories, including Male, Female and Veteran.

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OA Facebook Page Celebrates First Birthday

The OA Facebook Page was launched in July 2016, and is now a crucial way for us to engage with people.

It has 12,269 followers and has become an active hub for the transitioning and former officers’ community. We also use Facebook to reach a wider audience, including beyond the military sector. We share key stories, promote events and broadcast live to connect directly with our community in real time.

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Meet Samantha Rose – the OA Inter-Services Triathlon 2016 Champion

Samantha Rose, an RAF officer, won the OA Inter-Services Triathlon in 2016. We interviewed her to discover what it takes to be a winning a triathlete ahead of the race next week.

This year the triathlon is organised by the RAF Triathlon Association, and sponsored by the OA. The Army, Navy and RAF will compete at the annual event, in individual and team categories, including Male, Female and Veteran. In addition to the Armed Forces, the emergency services, the OA and guest teams will participate.

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Dunkirk the movie partners with Contact

Dunkirk opens as 400,000 British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in. George Wagner was one of those young men and after decades of burying the memory of his experience, he opened up to Gemma Morgan (Former Army Captain, Kosovo) and Louis Nethercott (Former Royal Marine Commando, Afghanistan) in the Contact short Film Dunkirk Today.

Alongside Warner Brothers, Contact has produced the short film Dunkirk Today which highlights the similarities and differences across the past 77 years of conflict.

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Walking With The Wounded join the team at Hougoumont Farm in Belgium to unearth secrets from the epic Battle of Waterloo.

Waterloo Uncovered is “the groundbreaking charity that combines world-class archaeology with veteran care and recovery”. The project began on the farm in 2015, founded by Mark Evans and Charlie Foinette who studied archaeology together at University College London before joining the army. Both chose the Coldstream Guards, the British regiment that played a vital role in the allied victory at Waterloo.

In 2010, returning from Afghanistan, Mark was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). When the MoD began a project to support veterans through archaeology, this revelation got the friends thinking.

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New Forces in Mind Trust funded project: Novel approach to treating post-traumatic stress disorder

A novel approach could soon play a significant role in helping British military veterans overcome post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), thanks to a new Cardiff University research project.

Funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and supported by Health and Care Research Wales, the study will seek to help veterans who have not responded to current first line PTSD treatments.

The two-year study will investigate the effectiveness of a new therapy known as 3MDR, where patients walk on a treadmill whilst interacting with a series of self-selected images that are related to their trauma, and displayed on a large screen.

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Wimbledon Tennis Championships

Each year, The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club very generously give The Not Forgotten Association tickets for Centre Court and No.1 Court throughout the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. This year was another resounding success, with 146 beneficiaries – of all ages and from all conflicts – and their escorts enjoying world-class tennis from premier seats and a delicious afternoon tea at the Wingfield Restaurant. As ever we extend a huge thank you to the AETLC for allowing the NFA this huge privilege.

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Alpine Canoeing in the french Alps – 4 – 9th July & 9th – 14th July

Thanks to funding from Helps for Heroes, we were once again able to take two groups to the French Alps for the most exhilarating trip in our calendar of events – white water canoeing. Based in Vallouise these trips embrace the NFA ethos of “Comradeship to Challenge” and embody all that is great about the NFA; mixing veterans from the Falklands, Gulf War 91 and Northern Ireland with those from more recent conflicts, and bringing those suffering from PTSD, amputees and others with a variety of injuries – including some still serving but undergoing rehabilitation – together as a team.

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