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Relaunch for Launchpad

This week, award winning veterans’ charity AF&V Launchpad rebrands as Launchpad and introduces a new logo to reflect the organisation’s mission and goals.

The new logo has a combination of the Union Flag, shaped as a triangle above the word ‘Launchpad’ to signify a roof – representing the security that the charity provides. Coloured lines extend below the ‘house’ to denote the different services. It is hoped that the shorter name and simpler, more striking logo will make the charity more recognisable.

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New guidance issued to NHS England commissioners to strengthen patient and public participation

A new guidance document on patient and public participation in armed forces has been published. The new framework is part of a suite of documents developed to strengthen patient and public participation in all of NHS England’s direct commissioning activities.

The new participation framework for Armed Forces provides practical guidance on the best ways to involve patients and the public in different services.

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Grants to charities that support the serving Army

The closing date for the next round of applications for grants from The Army Central Fund is Friday 31 March 2017. Successful applicants will receive their grant in the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

The majority of the funds available are awarded directly to the Army for garrison and unit projects and to the Army Sport Control Board and the Army Families Federation. In addition, there is some scope to award smaller project grants to those charities, including Cobseo members, that provide support to the serving Army and/or their immediate families.

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Blind Veterans UK ‘It’s all about community garden’ announced for RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

It was announced today (10/02) that military charity Blind Veterans UK will be sponsoring a special garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July.

The ‘It’s all about community garden’ has been designed by celebrated designers Andrew Fisher Tomlin & Dan Bowyer and it will be one of the largest show gardens at Hampton Court this year.

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A message from the Chairman

It is now a month since I took over as the Chairman of Cobseo and I have spent the time visiting as many members of the Confederation as possible, including a visit north of the border hosted by Veterans Scotland. I am conscious that the membership stretches across the length and breadth of the country and that there is much more to see. The impressions that I have gained so far are no more than a snapshot. Nevertheless, the visits and conversations that I have had have been extremely stimulating and encouraging.

The Service Charities which make up the Cobseo membership are remarkably varied and diverse. Their objectives, structures, size, concerns and requirements are all different; some are small and very local, some are huge and national. However, the unifying purpose of this divergent group is a passion for the Armed Forces Community that they serve. In my contacts so far, whether in head offices, in London, or in the country, that passion has been striking and tangible.

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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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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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