Homeless Veterans Help Build Their Own Homes

The Forces in Mind Trust has awarded a grant of £70,000 to the Community Self Build Agency (CSBA) to enable them to continue with their work helping veterans who have particularly struggled with housing and employment in the transition to civilian life.

After an initial pilot in Bristol seven years ago, the reach of the project, which aims to help disadvantaged veterans build their own homes and achieve lasting employment, has expanded across the South West and beyond. CSBA works to increase confidence and skills, so that a veteran completing a self-build project leaves with a significantly improved lifestyle and feels a valued part of the community.

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Country Sports Week

Tucked away in the North-East of Scotland, the Kildermorie Lodge once again played host to a group of veterans for a country sports week from 29th October – 5th November. Generously organised and funded by Army veteran Graeme Barlow and his wife, Nicki – both long-standing supporters of the NFA – 28 veterans were treated to a week of clay-pigeon shooting, fishing, walking, target shooting and more

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Falklands Veteran Raises £600 in just 10 days

Falklands Veteran Bob Gallagher has raised an astonishing £600 in just 10 days in preparation for the NFA’s Falklands Trek Challenge. Bob Gallagher was diagnosed with PTSD in 1994 as a result of his service in the Falklands War. Bob served on-board HMS Argonaut, which set sail the day after his 21st birthday. The HMS Argonaut was stationed off Fanning Head at the entrance into San Carlos Bay, which left it open to daily air attacks. The ship sustained considerable damage, killing several members of the crew including Bob’s friends Iain Boldy and Matthew Stuart.

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2017’s Final Carp Fishing Trip A Huge Success

This year’s final carp fishing trip to Woodlay, Cornwall, was a huge success. The latest trip saw 8 veterans from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Army sharing stories from their experiences in the Falklands, Northern Ireland and the Middle East. With days spent fishing and evenings spent socialising, as one beneficiary said at the end of the weekend, “it really doesn’t matter if you don’t catch a fish, these weekends are all about the comradeship on the lake side and the social banter in the evenings.”

The three weekends we have spent in Cornwall have been hugely successful and much of this is due to the wonderful support we receive from Jon, who runs the complex, and his friend Martyn – both of whom are veterans themselves.

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Supporters Arrange A Day Of Fun And Excitement At Brands Hatch

The Not Forgotten Association recently hosted 75 injured serving and ex-service personnel at our eighth annual Brands Hatch track day, always a popular and successful event in our calendar.

Our group included injured, wounded and sick serving personnel and veterans from many campaigns; all three services were represented with individuals nominated by a whole host of military associations, veterans’ groups, recovery centres and service charities.

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Afghanistan support

In light of recent events in Afghanistan, please find information and support resources here