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Update from the Forces Welfare Media Team

Reporter Victoria Smith from SSVC’s Forces Welfare Media Team filmed recently with Rick McGillivray, a veteran helped out of homelessness by E-FAN, a Covenant-funded project run by the Defence Medical Welfare Service and the Cheshire & Greater Manchester Rehabilitation Company. Rick fondly remembers his Army career but no longer has any photos from the time. The Welfare Team helped him to appeal on social media and they’ve been overwhelmed by the response. Thanks to the video, Rick has been sent messages of support by friends he made in the Army and at school, as well as a number of photos.

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Step into Health Recruitment Event for Broadmoor Hospital

Step into Health has partnered with West London Mental Health Trust to host a recruitment event for military veterans, service leavers and their families. This event will provide an overview of the NHS and opportunities at the West London Mental Health Trust and will allow attendees to apply and be interviewed on the day for live vacancies at Broadmoor Hospital.

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Half Marathon Runners Raise Over £1,000 for Disabled Veterans

Three runners took on the Worthing Half Marathon on Sunday 12 February, in order to raise money for The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH), which cares for disabled ex-Servicemen and women.

Andy Henry, Liam Tulett and Steve Tait-Bower all successfully completed last Sunday’s half marathon and, so far, they have collectively raised £1,230 for the Worthing-based charity.

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Wirral veteran takes centre stage

Wirral veteran, Alison Williams (41), has become the latest cover star of the Combat Stress spring magazine after the leading veterans’ mental health charity supported her to regain her confidence and rediscover her voice.

Alison, who served in the Royal Air Force for 13 years, was chosen to join Gareth Malone’s Invictus Choir in 2016 and performed at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida last May.

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Forces Media Academy – Open for Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the Forces Media Academy’s unique media course.

The free Higher National Certificate (HNC) Media Production Course is for service leavers or veterans, and all students on the one-year course also receive a bursary of £18k.

The full-time course starts on 25th September 2017 and will run until July 2018 at SSVC’s headquarters in Buckinghamshire, so students will work with award-winning media teams alongside the programme of lectures.

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Cardiff mother of three to take on mammoth 100k challenge for military charity

A woman from Cardiff is training to take on the 100k London to Brighton challenge for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Helyn Salt, 43, will be embarking on the challenge for the second time, having previously taken part last year. Helyn first came across Blind Veterans UK when her cousin, a Royal Marine of 17 years who also served in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers for eight years, introduced her to the organisation.

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‘Maritime Jobs at Sea and Ashore’ and ‘Sea Ports for Prosperity’

Two new themes launched for Seafarers Awareness Week (24-30 June 2017)

Announcing the themes ‘Maritime Jobs at Sea and Ashore’ and ‘Sea Ports for Prosperity’, Seafarers UK has launched this year’s Seafarers Awareness Week campaign, with the focus on promoting maritime career opportunities, both at sea and ashore, including in the UK’s thriving port industry.

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