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From the highest mountains to the coldest continent – the march of the fundraising army

Charity thoughts from Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

Back in 1946, when Field Marshal Montgomery launched the Charity’s first ever public appeal, all he asked was for everyone to give one Shilling – around £3.50 in today’s money. This fundraising ask was quite simple; donate some money and help the Charity.

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RAF Association helps RAF widows keep in touch

The Royal Air Forces Association has donated three laptops to the RAF Widows Association, which will allow the organisation to keep in better touch with members, while ensuring their personal data is kept securely.

Rory O’Connor, Director of Welfare and Policy at the RAF Association, said: “The RAF Association is here to help members of the RAF family in a variety of ways – sometimes it’s financial, sometimes emotional and sometimes that help is practical.

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Wounded veterans are being trained in stage craft and story-telling in a unique scheme to inspire schoolchildren across the UK

The former service personnel, many who lost limbs in the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, refined their public speaking skills with the help of leading theatre professionals.

They were taught delivery techniques and got to rehearse at the prestigious Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, to give added impact to their personal stories of trauma and redemption.

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Warrior Veterans’ and Families’ Courses

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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Forces in Mind Trust releases new report on the impact of self-build projects in supporting ex-Service personnel

Self-build projects can have a significant positive impact on the wellbeing and relationships of ex-Service personnel, suggests a new report by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and the Forces in Mind Trust, released today (1 February 2016).

Whilst the majority of Service leavers return successfully into civilian life without too many challenges, there are some who need additional support – especially in relation to housing. It is estimated that around 15% of ex-Service personnel might be homeless for a time when they leave the Forces – which includes living temporarily in a B&B or hostel, or ‘sofa surfing’ as well as living rough. Recent estimates also suggest that between 3% and 6% of rough sleepers in London have a Service background.

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Scottish veterans at greater risk of deprivation than those in rest of UK

Combat Stress has found that ex-servicemen and women receiving help from the charity in Scotland face higher levels of deprivation than those living in the rest of the UK.

Multiple deprivation in help-seeking UK veterans is a new research paper published on Tuesday 31 January by the leading mental health charity for veterans. It is the first study of its kind in the UK to explore experiences of deprivation in veterans with mental health issues.

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