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New Forces in Mind Trust award: University of Stirling to research collaboration between public and third sector agencies to improve housing outcomes for ex-services personnel

A grant of £120,745 has been awarded to the University of Stirling, for a 24-month study to review existing evidence and develop new research to improve collaboration between public and third sector agencies to achieve better housing outcomes for ex-service personnel.

Previous research has identified that a significant issue for ex-Service personnel is access to housing and that they are thought to be over-represented in the homeless population.

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OA to Target Operations Management as a Career Option with New Workshop

The Officers’ Association will target Operations Management as a potential job sector for transitioning officers with a workshop in York, on Feb 15th, 2017.

Hosted by Portakabin, the workshop will combine insight into the sector with practical experiences from key speakers as well as looking at the military qualifications that will translate across to the sector. Advice on shaping applications (and CV’s) to target the sector will be available.

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Fashion Show Funds Care for Disabled Veterans

The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH), on Boundary Road, Worthing, is organising a fabulous fashion show in April, to raise vital funds for their care and rehabilitation of disabled veterans.

The fashion show, on the evening of Thursday 6 April, will feature a range of fashions for all occasions and will start with fabulously glamorous evening and special occasion wear, courtesy of local dress boutique, Velvet Birdcage. There will also be outfits for work, leisure and day wear, including new, as-new, designer and vintage clothing, much of which has been kindly donated by QAHH supporters and will be for sale on the night, immediately after the Fashion Show, at sale prices.

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Army Reserve rugby match raises funds for Legion

Members of the Army Reserve in Lincoln helped raised £550 for charity last weekend (Sunday 5 February) thanks to a special match being held in aid of The Royal British Legion’s (RBL) Poppy Appeal.

10 reservists from 160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron joined colleagues from the Army Reserve’s wider 158 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps (RLC) to form a side to ‘go in to battle’ with the RBL’s Select 15 from Lincoln Rugby Union Football Club (RUFC) to take part in the match held at Longdales Park, Lincoln.

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Legion funds project to tackle loneliness in Nepalese veteran community

Isolation and loneliness issues amongst London’s Nepalese veteran community are to be targeted thanks to a grant from The Royal British Legion.

The £43,000 grant to the Community Empowerment and Support Initiatives (CESI)-UK project will benefit approximately 200 ex-British Gurkhas over the age of 60.

This year-long community support project aims to provide a customised support programme to address isolation and loneliness issues as well as the health and wellbeing needs of Nepalese people in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

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The Royal British Legion awards grant to support carers in the Armed Forces in Wiltshire

A grant of £29,489 from The Royal British Legion to Wiltshire charity, Carer Support Wiltshire (CSW) will provide support for unpaid carers in the Armed Forces and veteran communities. The money will fund the charity, Armed Forces Family Support Project and will focus on the early identification and recognition of carers with military connections and help to access services, funding and training.

CSW support worker, Catherine Duncan has a specialist understanding of the issues surrounding forces families and will be drawing on her experience as a military wife to identify and support those who are caring for a loved one. A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a family member or friend who cannot manage without their support. They might look after someone with a physical disability, long term health condition, mental health issue or a problem with substance misuse.

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Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity launches fundraising campaign to mark 100th anniversary of the Army v Navy rugby match

The national charity of the Royal Navy has launched a new fundraising campaign, Twickenham 100, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Army v Navy rugby match, held at Twickenham Stadium.

The campaign challenges groups and individuals nationwide to carry out their own fundraising activities, of any description, related to the number 100 in the run up to match day on 29 April to raise funds for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC).

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Vice Patron Lance Batchelor visits Royal Navy charity HQ

Staff at The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) were delighted to recently spend time with their Vice Patron and major donor, Honorary Commander Lance Batchelor RNR.

Lance, who toured the charity’s premises accompanied by his wife Wendy, is the CEO of Saga plc, the FTSE-listed provider of Insurance, Travel, Financial Services and Homecare to the over 50s.

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