Severely vision impaired veteran from Wirral will cook Christmas dinner for 14 following training from Blind Veterans UK

An Army veteran from Wirral who has severe sight loss is looking forward to cooking a Christmas feast this year for 14 of his family, after a national military charity helped him to rebuild his confidence in the kitchen.

Earlier this year, Brian Fleetwood, 74, visited Blind Veterans UK’s Llandudno centre for a week of cookery training. He has now regained the confidence to cook and will make a full traditional Christmas meal including turkey, pigs in blanket, roast potatoes, parsnips, brussel sprouts and gravy for his family.

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What is Veterans Employment Transition Support (VETS)?

VETS, with support from the MOD and Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is a pilot partnership between a coalition of willing companies, leading military charities and Project FORTIS. VETS seeks to work within the existing landscape of transition support activities to share the best practice and join up these activities in a coordinated manner to improve and optimise employment outcomes for veterans and employers alike.

VETS looks to support all veterans. It doesn’t matter whether they are leaving the Armed Forces, or have already left, whether they are seeking employment because they are unemployed, or wishing to improve current employment prospects to better utilise their skill sets and enhance their careers, VETS will assist them.

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Combat Stress – Art Therapy team receives RSPH award

Combat Stress’ Art Therapy team has received a prestigious commendation at the Royal Society for Public Health’s (RSPH) Arts and Health Awards.

Janice Lobban, Senior Art Psychotherapist, and Mark Redgrave, Art Therapist, were presented with the Special Commendation by General the Lord Dannatt, former Chief of the General Staff, at the Awards on Wednesday.

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Blind Veterans UK helps former Royal Marine with severe sight loss retain his independence

A Royal Marines veteran from Milton Keynes has spoken of the incredible support he has received from national military charity Blind Veterans UK since he began losing his eyesight seven years ago.

73-year-old Sam Jelbert spent 21 years in the Royal Marines from 1961, serving for 14 years in the regular Marines and seven years in the Royal Marines Reserves. He joined up just after he turned 18.

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Christmas Bazaar success as event raises £2,900 for disabled veterans

The Worthing-based Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH), formally Gifford House, held its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 5 December, and raised a grand total of £2,900!

Visitors were invited to browse the various craft stalls at the Christmas market, as they enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies. Santa seemed to be very busy at his pre-Christmas stopover in Worthing, as his grotto had a constant queue forming; and other popular guests on the day were the Owls About Town, who were loved by everyone, including QAHH resident, Ted.

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Blind Veterans UK’s advert featuring blind veteran Cedric Hollands in Good Housekeeping magazine

This Christmas, a Royal Navy veteran who served throughout the Second World War, will front an advertising campaign for national military charity, Blind Veterans UK, to encourage other veterans with severe sight loss to seek support.

91-year-old Cedric Hollands from Ashford, Kent, has recently become the face of Blind Veterans UK’s latest advertising campaign. He lost his sight in 2005 to age-related macular degeneration. In 2008 he started to receive support from Blind Veterans UK and since then he’s been able to recover his independence.

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Help for Heroes backs scheme to bring veterans into the heart of businesses

Help for Heroes has welcomed the launch of a new scheme designed to assist Armed Forces veterans in finding a bright future in the world of business.

Initiated by Barclays, the Veterans Employment Transition Support programme (VETS) is a partnership of leading companies and charities, including Help for Heroes (H4H). The partnership, launched this month, will support the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Career Transition Partnership (CTP) in helping service leavers as they seek to find employment, and provide mentoring, skills profiling, training, work experience, CV and interview skills and advice to veterans.

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