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Free Dementia Training for Herefordshire and Nottinghamshire Veteran Community

As part of DMWS’s Aged Veteran Health and Wellbeing Project in Herefordshire and Nottinghamshire, we offer free dementia training courses, which are delivered by our project partner Alzheimer’s Society. The training is available for Nottinghamshire and Herefordshire residents who work with Armed Forces veterans, and families of Veterans aged 65 years or over. Once trained, the delegate will be able to utilise their new skills and knowledge to support people with dementia.

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Deptherapy Diving Team achieves continued success in Red Sea

A team from scuba diving rehabilitation charity Deptherapy has returned from another successful Red Sea training programme with three new PADI Open Water Divers, one PADI Advanced & Deep Diver and four PADI Rescue Divers.

The latest Deptherapy programme took place during the last week in October and was the second to take place this year at Roots Red Sea in El Quseir. The Programme Members were all wounded in service veterans from the UK Armed Forces suffering from life changing mental and/or physical injuries including several with acute PTSD.

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New research finds mental health stigma is not a main barrier to ex-Service personnel seeking help

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) funded research released today, Tuesday 14th November, reveals stigma does not have a significant impact in preventing ex-Service personnel from seeking help for mental health problems. Research by King’s College London shows that the decision to seek help is mainly influenced by the veteran’s perceived need for treatment.

Information was gathered from 62 in-depth telephone interviews with male veterans who had left the Armed Forces in the last five years. Interviews focused on veterans’ perception of their own mental health, of barriers and facilitators to help seeking, and their mental health care experiences.

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Warrior Programme – Residential Courses 2017 – 18

The Warrior Programme runs residential training course for ex-Service Personnel. The course is FREE to participants with accommodation and full board included.

The Warrior Programme is a personal transformational, motivational and educational course run over 3 days. More than 800 individuals, with over 600 of whom being ex Services and Serving Personnel, have attended the course. Using coaching techniques it enables individuals to take control of their lives, increase confidence, provide motivation and direction to allow them to lead a healthy and balanced life.

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Fundraiser raises over £2,000 for Combat Stress in memory of her Dad

Fundraiser Peyton Melling was recently named as a finalist for ITV’s Lorraine Inspirational Woman of the Year award for her incredible efforts to raise awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The 23-year-old lost her dad to PTSD after he served in the Army for 25 years. She has since been campaigning tirelessly in his memory, including completing an 82 mile hike for Combat Stress.

“I chose to walk the Great Glen Way because my Dad was a big walker and loved walking in the mountains. I wanted to do something that would be a challenge, so we could earn the money we were raising for Combat Stress.

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Holidays for Heroes – what we do

Launched in August 2008, with successive Lieutenant Governors as Patron – His Excellency Lt General Sir Andrew Ridgway, His Excellency General Sir John McColl and now Jersey’s current Lieutenant Governor Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton has honoured us with his patronage.

We have been able to provide over 2,400 holidays in the past nine years. Thanks to the generous support from Jersey and the UK, we have had the privilege of providing nine holidays in 2008, 165 in 2009, growing rapidly to about 300 per year.

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Five tips to help you get through Bonfire Night

We understand that Bonfire Night can be a difficult time of year, the specialist clinical team at Combat Stress gives the following advice:

Plan your evening : The first thing to think about is how you want to spend the evening and whether you might like to go out or would prefer to stay home.

Bonfire Night can be a useful opportunity to begin to ‘break the link’ between current triggers and past traumatic experiences, by focusing on what is different about fireworks and your environment.

It may be that being exposed to strong triggers feels too much, if that is the case, think about where you will be on Bonfire Night and prepare using some of the techniques described below.

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Norfolk, be part of a fun campaign this festive season to ensure our wounded ex-servicemen and women don’t spend another Christmas apart from their loved ones

Military charity Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) is estimating it will treble the number of ex-servicemen and women it supports in 2018, following a 97% increase last year to more than 1,000. With Christmas fast approaching, for many a time of financial pressure and loneliness, more ex-service personnel than ever require support. “WWTW, Project Nova and Step into Health have all given me a lot of support and direction. The harsh reality is that without this support I would probably have ended up in jail,” says Sean from Norwich, who served as an Infantry gunner in 26 Regiment Royal Artillery for 6 years.

This December, Walking With The Wounded is asking the people of Norfolk to sign up to their Christmas appeal, Walking Home For Christmas, to raise vital funds for those wounded who have little to look forward to this upcoming festive season.

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Londoners, we need you! Be part of a fun campaign this festive season to ensure our wounded ex-servicemen and women don’t spend another Christmas apart from their loved ones

Military charity Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) is estimating it will treble the number of ex-servicemen and women it supports in 2018, following a 97% increase last year to more than 1,000. With Christmas fast approaching, for many a time of financial pressure and loneliness, more ex-service personnel than ever require support. “I am starting to lead a near-enough normal life…I’m a lot closer to it now than I was 2-3 years ago,” says Michael from London who joined the Royal Green Jackets in 1999.

This December, Walking With The Wounded is asking London to sign up to their Christmas appeal, Walking Home For Christmas, to raise vital funds for those wounded who have little to look forward to this upcoming festive season.

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Be proud to be a part of The Force for Good

To celebrate its tenth birthday this month, Help for Heroes has launched ‘The Force for Good’ campaign, recognising the potential in the wounded, injured and sick veterans they support.
Help for Heroes aims to help increasing numbers of veterans find their purpose once again, after it was revealed that in 2016/17, on average seven members of the Armed Forces were medically discharged each day – more than 200 per month. New data obtained by Freedom of Information Act request shows the annual figure for the number of men and women medically discharged from the British Armed Forces increased by 99% between 2010/11 and 2016/17.

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