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Charity roadshow promoting support for older veterans brings live music event to Great Yarmouth

A charity roadshow hosted by national military charity Blind Veterans UK and supported by Music in Hospitals is bringing a live music event to National Service and Armed Forces veterans in Great Yarmouth.

The event takes place on Thursday 2 February from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at The Priory Centre, Priory Plain, Great Yarmouth, NR30 1NW.

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Pain Management Programme for Veterans

King Edward VII’s Hospital understands the immense distress and suffering that persistent pain can cause; as much as being physiological, pain can also seriously affect thoughts and emotions, which in turn feeds back into the pain system. Thus, persistent pain often adversely impacts on relationships, work, hobbies, interests and other activities, as well as mood and overall wellbeing. As a consequence, those suffering from chronic pain often find themselves feeling helpless and lacking the confidence to continue with previously meaningful activities. If you or someone you know could be interested in taking part in a pain management programme, please follow this link.

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King Edward VII’s Hospitals Grants

Follow this link for information on all the different types of grants King Edward VII’s Hospital is able to give. For example the Sister Agnes Benevolent Fund is available to all military personnel, veterans, their spouses and widows: it is a means tested grant that can offer up to 100% discount on all hospital fees

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New Forces in Mind Trust award: King’s College London to compare the offending behaviour, mental health and welfare needs of UK veterans with those of the general population

A grant of £94,779 has been awarded to King’s College London (KCL), for a 12-month study into offending behaviour, mental health and the welfare needs of ex-Service personnel entering the criminal justice system, and to compare this to general population offenders.

Although the majority of those leaving the armed forces successfully transition into military life, a minority have a bleaker outlook and find themselves involved in the Criminal Justice System (CJS), sometimes as a result of health, behavioural and social problems. Until now, there has been limited opportunity to explore the nature and needs of veterans in the CJS and to directly compare with offenders who have not served in the military.

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Giving back to Gurkha communities

Many visitors to Nepal will be familiar with Ghandruk, a popular trekking destination on the way to the famous Annapurna mountain range.

Fewer people will know how the Trust has been helping to develop the town as part of our extensive support for communities in Nepal – giving back to a country that has offered so much to the UK over the last 200 years.

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Military charity unveils new anti-gravity treadmill purchased after blind veteran raised £15,000 with 100km walk

A new anti-gravity treadmill has been unveiled by military charity Blind Veterans UK after a blind veteran raised £15,000 towards its purchase.

Rifleman Paul Jacobs GM, 27, from Brighton who completely lost his sight whilst on operations in Afghanistan, raised the money by tackling Blind Veterans UK’s inaugural 100km challenge over the Yorkshire Dales in June last year.

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AF&V Launchpad founders recognised for award by Prime Minister

Prime Minister Theresa May has recognised David Shaw CBE and Ken McMillan MBE with the Points of Light awards for setting up AF&V Launchpad, an organisation working with former service-people to make a successful transition back into civilian life.

In 2013 they created ‘AF&V Launchpad’ with co-founder Nick Tubbs, to help veterans struggling to make the transition to civilian life to find a home and gain the skills necessary to find a good job.

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Better care is coming out of the trauma of war – Shehan Hettiaratchy

After the launch of the Veterans Trauma Network, NHS England has just published an associated blog by Shehan Hettiaratchy, Clinical Lead for the network:

NHS England has recently launched the Veterans Trauma Network, the first such initiative to help deliver comprehensive medical care to veterans. The clinical lead for the network, explains how it came about and what it will do.

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