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Combat Stress announces new five-year strategy to improve veterans’ access to mental health treatment and support

Combat Stress has announced a new five-year strategic plan to improve veterans’ recovery experience and enable the charity to raise the money needed to fund its life-changing work.

The plans are in response to the continued growth in demand for the charity’s support, with a 143% increase in referrals over the last decade. In the last year alone Combat Stress received more than 10,000 calls to their Helpline, and more than 2,400 new veterans were referred for treatment.

Following an 18-month period of discussion with veterans, employees, military charities and healthcare professionals, the new strategy has been designed to offer greater flexibility and accessibility to treatment so veterans can be supported more quickly.

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Converting to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation

Secondary Legislation to enable charitable companies and Community Interest Companies to convert into CIOs has been laid in Parliament. Subject to Parliamentary approval, phased implementation of CIO conversions could begin from January 2018.

In 2013, the Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO) was introduced as a new legal structure to meet the needs of small charities in England and Wales. Since then, it has proved popular with over 12,500 new CIOs registered by the Charity Commission.

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Top Philanthropist Hintze’s Contribution Recognised at National Naval Charity

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) has awarded noted philanthropist and friend of the charity, Sir Michael Hintze, the role of Senior Vice Patron.

This key ambassadorial role recognises Sir Michael’s extraordinary encouragement and support of the RNRMC over the last eight years, which has been invaluable as the Charity has established itself on the national scene.

Sir Michael Hintze’s leadership and example have been crucial in attracting philanthropic donations to assist the work of the charity. His loyalty, the momentum that his support has generated, and the generosity of the Hintze Family Foundation, has enabled the RNRMC in its mission to support sailors, marines and their families, for life.

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The Royal Marines Charity – Impact Report

Extract from the Royal Marines Charity Impact Report:

Support that leaves no one behind.

As an island nation dependent on the seas for 95% of our trade, the UK needs a strong Royal Navy; and as the vital amphibious element of the RN, the Royal Marines are a key component of the nation’s defence.

Despite withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Royal Marines remain deployed on duty serving the nation around the globe 365 days a year – whether on anti-piracy duties, protecting the nuclear deterrent, guarding embassies, or on Special Forces operations. The Royal Marines form 49% of UK Special Forces personnel and have won 211 national-level gallantry and meritorious service awards, including 25% of all gallantry awards made during the Afghan campaign.

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DMWS is re-awarded MoD Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award

The Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) is delighted to hear that we have been re-awarded the MoD Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award. The Scheme acknowledges employers who have provided exceptional support to the Armed Forces community and defence by going above and beyond their covenant pledges and we are proud to be supporting those who serve.

The Scheme was launched in 2014 and DMWS was awarded Silver for outstanding support to armed forces personnel, veterans and reservists in the same year. The awards are reviewed every 3 years and we are very happy that our Silver has been revalidated in 2017.

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DMWS elected to Cobseo Executive

The Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) is delighted to have been elected to the Confederation of Service Charities (Cobseo) Executive alongside War Widows Association and the Poppy Factory. The results were announced during the Cobseo Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 11 July 2017.

Cobseo’s Chairman, General Sir John McColl, opened the Annual Meeting with a warm welcome. He reported on the past activities of the Confederation and gave an update on current issues concerning the members. He said: “The size and shape of the Armed Forces have undergone, and continue to undergo, radical alteration with further reviews round the corner.

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Alabaré Appoints New Trustee

Alabaré is pleased to announce that John Hunter has joined the charity as a trustee. John served for 29 years in the Army as an artillery officer, during which time he served in Europe, Canada, USA, Zimbabwe and Indonesia. Latterly he was, for 10 years, a director and Chief Executive, of a medium size charity offering soldiers opportunities to achieve vocational and educational qualifications to enhance their military career prospects and prepare them for their next career. John is also a volunteer with the Harnham Water Meadows Trust.

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OA to develop new training programme with BITC to help employers become military friendly

The Officers’ Association is developing a new training programme, in conjunction with Business in the Community (BITC), which aims to support businesses to develop sustainable military employment programmes.

The structured training will help employers to understand the benefits of hiring ex-military personnel. According to research by Deloitte, the OA and FIMT, 72% of organisations with active ex-military recruitment programmes recommend employing veterans; 53% of organisations that employ veterans find they are promoted more quickly than other colleagues and 79% find they take less sick leave.

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