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Local military charity invites you to a volunteer open day

Blind Veterans UK, a local charity for blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women, is inviting residents of Gwynedd and Conwy to attend a volunteer open day.

The charity is looking for prospective new volunteers to support the Regional Fundraising Team in a variety of different activities and roles within the area. With an extensive range of upcoming events, the charity is particularly on the lookout for volunteers to assist with manning stalls, taking registrations, promoting events and much, much more to be revealed on the day.

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Restorative approach to community based mental health support explored for ex-Service personnel and their families

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has awarded Tros Gynnal Plant funds of £284,427 to enable them to pilot a three-year trial of a community based mental health support service for ex-Service personnel and their families from Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, who have a Service-related mental health problem.

Tros Gynnal Plant, a Wales based charity focusing on Children, young people and families, will work alongside the current Veterans NHS Wales (VNHSW) service to help ex-Service personnel who have been referred to the VNHSW.

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National Assembly for Wales – Inquiry into the impact of the Armed Forces Covenant in Wales

One hundred years ago today saw the signing of the treaty which led to the end of hostilities in the First World War, but it was a covenant which was not to last.

A century on from that date and our Armed Forces and those who serve in them still command the respect of the people of Wales and remain a valued part of Welsh society. While defence matters are a responsibility of the UK Government, Wales also has a duty to provide the best support possible for those who have served or are serving in the military. The Armed Forces Covenant was enshrined in legislation in 2011.

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New Forces in Mind Trust funded project: Novel approach to treating post-traumatic stress disorder

A novel approach could soon play a significant role in helping British military veterans overcome post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), thanks to a new Cardiff University research project.

Funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and supported by Health and Care Research Wales, the study will seek to help veterans who have not responded to current first line PTSD treatments.

The two-year study will investigate the effectiveness of a new therapy known as 3MDR, where patients walk on a treadmill whilst interacting with a series of self-selected images that are related to their trauma, and displayed on a large screen.

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Forces in Mind Trust’s final Common issues in meeting the mental and related health needs of veterans and their families

A new report providing the first UK-wide summary of the mental and related health and social care needs of veterans and their family members and provision of support services, funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), was released today, 5th July 2017.

The report, entitled Call to Mind: United Kingdom – Common Themes and Findings from the Reviews of Veterans’ and their Families’ Mental and Related Health Needs in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, was presented to the Ministry of Defence and Department of Health UK Partnership Board to formally launch this final summary. It draws together the key issues and findings from the series of four Call to Mind reports for England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, all of which were completed between 2015 and 2017.

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The Royal British Legion welcomes funding to ensure veterans get full value of their war pensions in Wales

Veterans who receive social care in Wales will now get the full value of their war disablement pensions thanks to a new £300,000 allocation by the Welsh Government. This follows a campaign by The Royal British Legion, which highlighted a discrepancy that saw certain awards to veterans injured in service reduced to cover some of their social care costs.

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Armed Forces Veterans in Port Talbot set to benefit from grant from The Royal British Legion to the Bulldogs Boxing & Community Activities Centre

A grant of £ 24,917 from The Royal British Legion fund will enable Bulldogs Boxing & Community Activities Centre to boost its dedicated employment support team for veterans at its base in Fenbrook Close, Port Talbot. A service will now be available throughout the week to tackle the issues faced by veterans. The Bulldogs started as a traditional boxing club but over the years has evolved into a thriving Social Hub providing a wide range of support through their Five Pillar Programme.

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