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National sight loss charity targets eye health professionals with new video featuring prize-winning beneficiary

Blind Veterans UK has launched a new video aimed at ophthalmologists, sight loss advisors and other eye health professionals, to increase the referral of blind veterans to the charity as part of National Eye Health Week (18 – 24 September).

The short video, filmed at St Helen’s Hospital, features Maria Pikulski, an Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) based at the hospital, who is also a beneficiary of the charity.

Maria was recently recognised by the sight loss sector when she won the 2017 Eyecan Awards run by Galloways. The awards were created to celebrate what can be achieved by people of all ages when they are given the right opportunities, encouragement and support.

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Veterans’ Gateway issues need-to-know advice for Pension Awareness Day

Veterans’ Gateway, a new service for veterans, is ready to assist veterans with pension problems this Pension Awareness Day, with some key pieces of advice on Armed Forces pensions.

Providing a first point of contact for veterans who need support, Veterans’ Gateway connects users with the right organisation that can help on a range of issues including housing, finance, mental health and employment.

Since the launch of the service, pensions advice is one of the most common subjects that individuals using Veterans’ Gateway have sought help and guidance on.

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“Don’t struggle with sight loss alone” says Nottingham RAF veteran this Eye Health Week

This National Eye Health Week (18 – 24 September) a Beeston RAF veteran who was signposted to national sight loss charity Blind Veterans UK by his Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) is urging others to seek support.

Norman Green, 87, said: “It’s hard to admit that you’re going blind, particularly when you’re used to being independent. I’ll admit my pride stopped me seeking help when I probably needed it the most. I wish now that I’d got in touch with Blind Veterans UK much sooner.”

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Sea Cadets visit RFA Argus to mark Seafarers Awareness Week

Sea Cadets from London, Kent and Essex had an amazing opportunity to tour casualty ship RFA Argus at the start of Seafarers Awareness Week (24-30 June), the annual campaign coordinated by maritime charity Seafarers UK.

100 young people and volunteers from Sea Cadets units in Beckenham and Penge, Bexley and Lewisham, Orpington, Southwark, Sutton, Chelmsford, Maldon and District and Thurrock visited the vessel moored at Greenwich on Monday 26 June.

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Have you served or know someone who has?

RBLI is delivering monthly events across Kent to help improve the lives of ex-service men and women aged 65 and over – because our ex-Forces deserve the very best

RBLI would like to invite all those who have served in the Armed Forces and are 65 or over to their Kent-based events. Each of the events will provide an opportunity to meet some new people and talk to the many organisations providing health advice, social activities and more!

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Shell Shock – the play

Shell Shock is presented by Smokescreen Productions and supported by the Sussex Armed Forces Network, Anglia Ruskin University, Help For Heroes, Combat Stress and PTSD Resolution.

In the autumn of 2016 the Chancellor awarded this project a grant from the LIBOR fund to enable us to develop the production and embark on a number of venues in late spring / early summer 2017.

Shell Shock is one soldier’s story of coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. After serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Tommy Atkins’ observations on life on civvy street are poignant, frequently comic and always moving. His over-emotional responses to post office queues, a trip to Ikea, his relationships and family lead to alienation and anger.

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Hey kids – how do you think that banana got into your lunch box?

In the run up to Seafarers Awareness Week, 24-30 June, primary school children are learning that bananas are only available in the UK thanks to ships and seafarers.

Seafarers UK, the charity that coordinates and promotes Seafarers Awareness Week, has partnered with leading fruit importer Fyffes to provide free educational resources for 24,000 schools.

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RBLI hosts House of Lords event where one hundred influential women discuss ways to tackle disability employment gap

Baroness Sal Brinton and Minister Penny Mordaunt spoke at the event

Kent-based charity Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) hosted one hundred influential women from across the private and public sectors at the House of Lords on Monday to discuss the challenges disabled people face in finding employment and ways to close the disability employment gap.

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