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£2m investment to turnaround turbulent lives

A CHARITY which supports communities, former service personnel, ex-offenders and other disadvantaged groups is investing £2m in brand new headquarters in Durham – placing it at the heart of the community it serves.

County Durham based-Finchale Group, works to support people in their own homes who need help to manage money problems; confidence and mental health issues, address drug and alcohol misuse and resolve issues with housing. The charity also delivers vocational training courses.

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New Grant Award: YouGov awarded funds to explore public perception of ex-Service personnel

Forces in Mind Trust has commissioned YouGov to explore the public perceptions of ex-Service personnel and to understand what influences people’s opinions.

Researchers will hold four group sessions with the general public, lasting two hours and across four locations in the UK. Four online groups will also participate, consisting of: families of veterans, those who donate to veterans’ charities, those who would consider joining the Armed Forces and teachers.

The project will explore the impact of the media and the world around participants in forming their opinions.

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ABF The Soldiers’ Charity awards Combat Stress a grant of £350,000

Combat Stress has been awarded a grant of £350,000 from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity to support the work it does to help veterans with mental health problems.

In the last decade, the veterans’ mental health charity has seen a 143% increase in referrals. Combat Stress research, NHS England and the Ministry of Defence all estimate a continued increase in the number of veterans seeking help for mental health issues.

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A busy week at The NFA

Last Thursday was an eventful day for The Not Forgotten Association with 12 beneficiaries attending the Founder’s Day Parade at The Royal Hospital Chelsea, before joining a further 2,500 veterans at Buckingham Palace for our Garden Party in the afternoon. Not only is the parade a sight to behold, but it was an honour and privilege for the group to be presented to His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank The Royal Hospital Chelsea for their kind invitiation!

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The Royal British Legion Funding

Fantastic news! Huge thanks to the Royal British Legion. Just received, significant funding support to help towards our charity’s operational costs for another year. (Those expenses that are vital for a charity to operate but understandably can be more difficult to raise). This will allow us that extra breathing space to focus on what we do best: offering support to that small number of service leavers and veterans (and their partners/spouses) who may find transition somewhat challenging.

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Remembrance Day Installation Grants: Applications Now Open

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, There But Not There has teamed up with the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to help communities host a fully-funded commemorative installation, without having to worry how to pay for it.

The silhouettes represent those lost in the First World War, whose names appear on local war memorials around the country, bringing them back into their place of worship, their school, their workplace or wherever their absence was keenly felt.

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The Tweed Challenge

The Tweed Challenge is a bid by two inexperienced kayakers to navigate 97 miles of the famous Scottish river to raise funds for Veterans Aid.

Its aim is to help VA prevent ex-servicemen and women in crisis from becoming street homeless – and providing an immediate way out for those who are.

A meeting on the touchline of a rugby match, while cheering on their sons five years ago, led to an unexpected outcome for a 49-year-old Scottish businessman and a 46-year-old army officer.

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Combat Stress announces partnership with Ayr Running Festival

Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health has been announced as the official 2018 charity partner of the Ayr Running Festival.

The partnership aims to encourage supporters to take part in either the 10k or 5k race on 29 August 2018 to raise vital funds for the charity. Both routes, which start at the Citadel Leisure Centre, pass beautiful scenery and are suitable for all abilities.

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Countdown is on to open 34 new homes for Veterans in Aldershot

Ed Tytherleigh, Stoll’s CEO, said: We are proud to be naming the new building Centenary Lodge as we broke ground as part of our own Centenary celebrations, as well as to commemorate the millions of lives lost in the First World War which ended 100 years ago in 1918. Our brand new development will enable some of our most vulnerable individuals who served in the Armed Forces to transition into civilian life effectively. We will provide tailored support to all our residents to ensure they can go on to lead fulfilling and independent lives.”

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Injured Afghanistan war veteran takes on Nuclear Races for Military Charity

A former Para, who lost his leg while serving in Afghanistan, is taking on the Nuclear Rush this May to support Military Charity Blesma, the Limbless Veterans.

Michael Lewis, 34, from Northampton, will battle a 7k muddy obstacle course at Nuclear Races, Brentwood to say thanks for the help Blesma provided him after he lost his right leg.

In 2008, Michael was serving with 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment in Afghanistan, when Michael and his platoon were engaged by the Taliban and during an intense fire-fight Michael was hit by friendly fire in his right leg, left knee, left arm and helmet. The blast led to the amputation of Michael’s right leg below the knee and he has lost some of the use in his left arm.

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