Improving mental health services for veterans and armed forces personnel approaching discharge

NHS England has launched improved mental health services for veterans in response to a national engagement undertaken last year. The views of veterans and their families have helped to inform a service that builds on the success of previous provision and seeks to provide increased access to local care and treatment across the country in a more uniformed manner. This includes recognising the early signs of mental health problems and providing access to early treatment and support, as well as therapeutic treatment for complex mental health difficulties and psychological trauma. Patients are also provided with help, where appropriate, with employment, reduction in alcohol consumption, housing and social support.

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Edinburgh school takes on military marching competition for UK’s service charities

Pupils from George Watson’s College take to drill for Red, White & Blue Day

On March 16th, senior pupils from George Watson’s College in Edinburgh took part in a special military marching house competition to raise awareness for Red, White & Blue Day, a national fundraising day for the UK’s main service charities that the School has supported regularly over the last few years. The competition saw the pupils battle against each another in their respective school Houses, with the winners being chosen by the Garrison Sergeant Major of the Edinburgh Army Garrison.

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Fully funded training at Finchale for the unemployed

Funded training is to be provided to unemployed people across County Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland to give them a better chance of finding a job.

Health, training and work experts, Finchale, an independent charity based in Durham, is to deliver RTITB Forklift Truck training in partnership with Gateshead College. Through funding from the European Social Fund matched by the Skills Funding Agency, we are able to offer training at no cost to individuals who wish to retrain in order to gain employment.

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Transition, intervention and liaison mental health service for armed forces personnel approaching discharge and veterans

On 1 April 2017, NHS England is launching the transition, intervention and liaison (TIL) mental health service for armed forces personnel approaching discharge and veterans.

Provided across England, the service will seek to increase the access and treatment to appropriate and timely mental health services for armed forces serving personnel approaching discharge and veterans with mental health difficulties.

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Give Us Time: an Opportunity for Families in need in May

Give Us Time takes holidays donated by owners of holiday groups, hotels, holiday homes and timeshares, and matches them with military families in need of rest, rehabilitation and reconnection so that they can be able to re-bond as a family.

We help both veterans and service personnel from all the services. Eligible to our services are those who are physically or mentally injured, have spent long periods of time away from their families, bereaved or in financial need.

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Finchale bids farewell to BBC’s Inspector George Gently

You would not expect to find a film set in rural Pity Me, Durham, but that’s exactly what staff and tenants at local charity, Finchale, have seen when they have been coming to work over the past few months.

It’s been lights, camera, action as film producers of the hit BBC series North East crime drama, Inspector George Gently, completely transformed Pity Me based charity, Finchale, turning the former 1940’s Roadhouse and more recently Finchale Training College into a 1970’s Police Station.

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Shared values means business for local firm

Values shape a company and no-one recognises this more than AAA Property (North East) Ltd who’s AAA Caring Caretaker Ltd division has secured a new cleaning and maintenance contract with Durham based, independent charity, Finchale to service their 13.5 acre site in Pity Me.

Founded by father and daughter Richard H Tucker MBE and Alison Stephenson the company was first launched as AAA Property (North East) Ltd in 2007.

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£460k fund to help County Durham’s Armed Forces families

Durham based independent charity; Finchale has been awarded £460,000 over three years to invest in an intensive, Health, Training, Work, dedicated case-worker led programme that will support veterans and their families across the region.

Funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds – the charity will run a three year partnership programme that will provide dedicated case-workers to over 60 veterans and family members across County Durham

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Afghanistan support

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