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7th June 2018: OA Insight – LinkedIn Workshop – Swindon

This event is being held by the Officers Association in partnership with Recruit For Spouses. The event is open to officers and/or their spouses.

This workshop is a brilliant opportunity to learn how to amend your profile so that it shines to employers and your network contacts. Bring along your laptop and edit as you learn with Lincoln Coutts, LinkedIn expert and Social Media Consultant.

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Ex-Service personnel more likely to claim disability benefits long-term than unemployment benefits

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) funded research released today, Tuesday 22nd May, reveals that while nearly a quarter of ex-Service personnel receive unemployment benefit at some point after leaving the Armed Forces, most usage occurs in the period immediately after leaving and is short-term, with only 1.5% continuing to claim the support two years after serving.

The ‘Veterans and benefits’ report, by Dr Howard Burdett of King’s College London (KCL), looks at the relationships between unemployment and disability benefit usage by UK ex-Service personnel, and between social demographics, Service characteristics, mental health (ie Common Mental Disorder (CMD), Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)) and alcohol misuse.

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Charity launches new initiative to support young people from Armed Forces families living in Scotland

A new tri-service youth participation project which aims to improve support and services for children and young people from armed forces and veteran families living in Scotland has been given the green light today thanks to funding from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

The national youth participation project, which will run for 3 years is being launched by Scotland’s Armed Forces Children’s Charity, the Royal Caledonian Education Trust (RCET). The project has been informed by the success of a pilot series of mini-conferences, as well as a number of other ‘listening to the voices of children and young people from Armed Forces families’ initiatives that have been rolled out by the charity in recent years.

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One Day Google Workshop – FREE to the entire Military community

Do you need help with your CV? Have you started a business and looking for guidance with your social media strategy and self-promotion? Pop in and see us for one, or all three, of our FREE Google sessions

This free, one day workshop is hosted by Recruit for Spouses and presented by Google UK! It is open to all Military spouses, serving personnel, dependants (16+), veterans, ex-service and friends & family.

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‘Unique’ wellbeing books aimed at RAF youngsters launched at RAF Benson

A new series of books aimed at improving the mental health of the RAF Family has been launched at RAF Benson Community Primary School by the RAF’s leading welfare charity, the RAF Benevolent Fund.

The Fund is piloting the books in response to research which found more than half of military parents believed a military lifestyle had a negative impact on their children and led to an increase in psychosocial problems.

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AFF welcomes support for Service pupils in Wales

The Army Families Federation (AFF) is delighted to hear that a new £200,000 fund to support Service families in Wales has been announced by the Welsh Government. In 2017, the charity sent a detailed brief, on families’ behalf, to the Education Minister Kirsty Williams, highlighting the need for targeted pupil funding for Armed Forces children in Wales, and they are pleased to see that this important issue has now been recognised.

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Google’s Digital Garage partners with Recruit for Spouses

The partnership is part of a drive to help those involved in the military build their digital skills

Helensburgh, 9th May 2018 : Recruit for Spouses (RfS), the award-winning social enterprise dedicated to returning military spouses to the workplace, has partnered with the Google Digital Garage to deliver digital skills training to those with connections to the military. The initiative will launch in Helensburgh, Scotland, on Wednesday 9th May – 24 hours before celebrations for the 50th anniversary of HMS Neptune.

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Students and Veterans work together to create RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden

Military charity Help for Heroes and Sparsholt College have announced their partnership for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. Their garden, The Force for Good, will tell the powerful story of the role horticulture plays in the recovery and ongoing support of injured British Armed Forces personnel and their families. Individual stories are told through the three elements of the garden as the team of college and former-military gardeners inform visitors of the journey from injury or illness through to recovery and beyond. The Force for Good garden is a demonstration of how horticulture has given these individuals a second chance at life and how everyone can benefit from its therapeutic benefits.

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FiMT’s Specialist Fellows on the Clore Social Leadership 2018 Experienced Leader Programme

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) is delighted to announce the five Specialist FiMT Fellows who have been selected to take part in the newly remodelled Clore Experienced Leader Programme.
Designed to fit around the needs of those with existing commitments, Clore Social’s Experienced Leader Programme is a one-year programme for professionals with 6-10 years’ experience as a social sector leader who wish to engage in sector wide leadership by developing their existing leadership skills.

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Reading Force launch at Colinton Primary School with VIP Vivian French

On Wednesday 7th March Reading Force launched at Colinton Primary School, Edinburgh, with special guest author, Vivian French. Vivian has written 300 children’s books, including the The Cherry Pie Princess, the Knights in Training series, and most recently Robe of Skulls.

As well as giving the children an inspiring and fun day with a real-life author, the launch raised awareness of Reading Force, the shared reading charity for military families, and how children and families can get involved.

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@JoBoardman Hi Joanne, no problem! please drop us a line at governance@cobseo.org.uk and we can discuss further. Thanks, Emma

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