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The Veterans’ Nomination Scheme: addressing the urgent need for housing

As part of Stoll’s blog series, this month they hear from Julian Coates, the scheme’s project manager. Julian has worked in social care for 22 years and has been with Stoll since October 2012.

The Veterans’ Nomination Scheme works in partnership with housing associations, local authorities and other Veterans’ charities to match accommodation with Veterans in need of housing. It is funded by the Royal British Legion.

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Sign up for SSAFA’s short breaks

SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity, has announced it is now taking bookings for this year’s Short Breaks weeks taking place on 28th May – 3rd June and 29th July – 4th August. The SSAFA Short Breaks offer new experiences and activities for children, young people and families from the Army community.

Each year, the UK’s oldest Armed Forces charity, SSAFA, offers two free week-long adventure breaks; The Siblings and Young Carer Break for children aged 8-12 only, and The Family Break for families with a child with an additional need or disability.

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Royal Navy Dinghy Sailors in new record-breaking bid

Two sailors have been backed by two charities as they plan to break their own dinghy endurance world record.

The ambitious voyage, from Plymouth to Scotland, will not only raise awareness of dinghy sailing as a sport, especially within the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, but also raise awareness and funds for the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity and Bowel Cancer UK.

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Brighton man relishing his time as a volunteer for Blind Veterans UK

A man Brighton is relishing his role as a volunteer for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex Service men and women.

Tony Weston, 66 and originally from Newcastle, began volunteering for the charity at its training and rehabilitation centre in Ovingdean in 2016 following his retirement. He says “I worked for 50 years – long hours too – so going from that to nothing was hard. I didn’t know what to do but I knew I needed something to keep me busy.”

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Blind veteran from Ilford receives prestigious medal for helping liberate France from the Nazis

A Second World War blind veteran from Ilford has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur for his part in the liberation of France.

Schera Masters, 97 and from Ilford, was formally presented with France’s highest order by Madame Sylvie Bermann, the French Ambassador to the United Kingdom, in a prestigious ceremony at her official residence in Kensington Palace Gardens. The presentation, which took place on Tuesday January 30, was attended by Schera’s friends and family, as well as representatives from Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

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Forces Media Academy – Service Leavers and Veterans Offered Free Media Course

The Forces Media Academy has launched a unique media course for service leavers and veterans which will be taught in a live media environment.

Students on the free one-year Higher National Certificate (HNC) Media Production Course also receive a bursary of £18k to help with living costs.

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Blind veteran from Gwent to take on Brighton Half Marathon for military charity

A blind veteran from Gwent is set to tackle his fourth Brighton Half Marathon for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Charlie Parkinson, 40 and originally from Wallasey, joined the 1st Battalion Kings Regiment in January 1995, serving in Catterick, Cyprus and Jordan. In 1998, Charlie left the army, before re-enlisting in November 2001, ultimately joining the Royal Army Medical Corps in 2002.

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