Forces in the Community
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Welcome To Forces in the Community

Forces in the Community is a local charity committed to supporting ex-service personnel and their families to reach their full potential. The charity delivers tailored employment guidance, housing advice, mental health support and provides a supportive environment in which to develop. The charity supports the clients and their families, who are often disadvantaged and at a point of crisis in their lives. We provide a community focal point. Our aim is to transform lives.

Our primary focus is helping clients to gain employment. We identify transferable skills, 'civilianise' military language, provide CV writing advice and interview guidance, liaise with employers and provide job search support.

We work with many organisations including The Royal British Legion, SSAFA, RFEA, NHS, DWP, Remploy and the Probation Service.

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Our drop-in centre is located at 2 Cross Street, Beeston, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG9 2NX.

The centre is open 5 days a week, offering help and support to veterans, serving personnel, wives, husbands, partners and their families. From our centre we offer advice and guidance, with qualified careers advice and training.

The centre is staffed mainly by volunteers, all of whom have some connection (either past or present) to the military, giving them an immediate insight into the experiences of many of the people who come to the centre.

We also have links to mentors, who are also veterans that have successful civilian careers. We also offer signposting to housing support, help with addiction, community legal services and other service charities.

For more information on our charity and the services we can provide, call Forces in the Community today on: 01159 220 320

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7 December 2017 - 9:06am

Hannah said she suffered flashbacks after the traumatic birth of her first son Marleigh.
They got worse after she had an equally traumatic birth with her second son Sebastian three years later.
She is one of the estimated 20,000 women in the UK who suffer from the condition every year.
After four years she was finally diagnosed with postnatal PTSD and treated and is now coping with the condition.

Forces in the Community shared a link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/embed/p05q7s2r/42239183

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6 December 2017 - 4:50pm

National Insurance credits for partners of armed forces personnel overseas after 6 April 1975 - GOV.UK

Forces in the Community shared a link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-insurance-credits-for-partners-of-armed-forces-personnel-overseas-after-6-april-1975

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6 December 2017 - 3:35pm

Veterans, serving personnel, teachers, nurses...

Forces in the Community shared a link: http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/heres-how-free-entry-twycross-877603

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1 December 2017 - 1:22pm

As we come towards the end of 2017 it might be interesting to share some of our experiences this year.

As ever we will protect the identities of the veterans, reservists and family members we support. We do not like to raise either support or funds by highlighting the plight of our friends, even though we realise this can be detrimental to our funding, and ultimately our existence.

Our weekly caseload is 30-50 individuals, who either visit, phone or email us. The issues we face range from housing advice to employment guidance to mental heath support to welfare to pensions (war and state) to benefit advice.

Often individuals, sometimes families, are at a point of distress in their lives and feel let down by previous interactions with various organisations. We don't always get it right and sometimes our workload is too great for the resources we have. To anyone who feels that we haven't helped our sincere and heartfelt apologies. The constant struggle for funding means we can only deliver so much. We only have 2 staff and the rest of the team are volunteers...fantastic volunteers.

This year has seen a marked increase in individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviour. 37 individuals with over 150 attempts between them. Our current caseload is 9 men and women of all ages.

Poor mental health continues to rise and heavily impacts on our workload. We provide therapeutic support but it can often be difficult for individuals to engage due to their situation. This year we have provided in excess of 500 hours.

Additionally we deliver mental health training (MHFA) to the local community, charities/CIC, local authorities, large organisations inc NHS, MoD and to individuals who are supporting loved ones. 27 2-day courses so far with one more this year.

We, with your support, have also provided food, clothes, sleeping bags, white goods, brown goods, toys and more.

We would like to say thank you to the organisations we work with and to everyone on this site. Just knowing that there are a few people who like our posts means something, especially when things are intense.

We were also awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. For the volunteers to be officially recognised for providing support to others means so much.

Finally I'd like to thank the staff and volunteers who have done so much to help others this year - Sue, Chris, Rick C, Deborah, Bill, Dave, Tina, Lance, Geoff, Tracey, Neil, Karen, Ellis and Madison. I hope I haven't missed anyone. Thanks also to Mark, Helen and Andy S our Trustees.

Best wishes to you all for 2018. Have a fantastic festive break.

Rick

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1 December 2017 - 12:09pm

Some wise words for the Christmas period (our wise words would be slightly different and include eating and drinking :) )

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29 November 2017 - 7:18pm

Be aware of doorstep sellers...the Nottingham Knockers

Forces in the Community shared a link: https://www.henleyherald.com/2017/11/28/warning-nottingham-knockers/

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28 November 2017 - 7:13pm

Dan is British Army Veteran and needs your (free) vote. He left the military after 8 years suffering with depression and PTSD and uses the outdoors and sport (particularly rugby) to cope with his mental health issues. #VoteDan

Forces in the Community shared a link: http://polar.fjallraven.com/contestant/?id=3144

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28 November 2017 - 2:25pm

Nottinghamshire County Council has secured funding from the Community Covenant Fund and, will work in partnership with 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group and Forces in the Community to deliver Armed Forces Mental Health First Aid (AFMHFA) across the county.

Forces in the Community shared a link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/armed-forces-mental-health-first-aid-nottinghamshire-eastwood-hall-hotel-tickets-39948934338?aff=es2

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27 November 2017 - 10:46pm

"I am at a loss to understand why the mental wellbeing of children is not considered as important as academic achievement."

Forces in the Community shared a link: http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/20/stop-stressing-out-our-kids-why-childrens-mental-health-is-as-important-as-academic-achievement-7084383/amp/

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27 November 2017 - 10:42pm

Striking up a conversation can be all it takes to interrupt someone’s suicidal thoughts.

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27 November 2017 - 2:17pm

Prince Harry is to marry girlfriend Meghan Markle next year. So much respect for this man. Have a fantastic wedding and life together.

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25 November 2017 - 9:03am

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20 November 2017 - 10:53pm

"I did not choose this study as an example because it is a poor study. I chose it because it is arguably the best."

Forces in the Community shared a link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/psychologically-minded/201711/selling-bad-therapy-trauma-victims?amp

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18 November 2017 - 12:58pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42036462

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13 November 2017 - 2:55pm

A special ‘thank you’ to Carole White for monies raised from the sale of her knitted poppies. Carole presented the charity with a cheque of £61.50 🙂

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13 November 2017 - 11:38am

Today we say a very special "thank you" to the wonderful congregation of the Long Eaton Spiritualist Church Broad Street. At their Remembrance service on Sunday 12th November 2017 they raised an amazing £206.74 and presented the cheque at the end of the service. Special thanks go to Jane Walton for choosing us as their chosen local charity.

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11 November 2017 - 4:13pm

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11 November 2017 - 11:00am

“I should like to acquire the whole of the ruins of Ypres… A more sacred place for the British race does not exist in the world,” Sir Winston Churchill, 1919.

The Menin Gate bears the names of more than 54,000 members of the British and Commonwealth forces who died in the Ypres Salient and have no known grave.

From October 1914 to October 1918, five major battles occurred at Ypres (now Ieper) in Belgium. The area saw some of the heaviest fighting in the First World War leaving Ypres in ruins. By the time the last shells fell in Belgium in November 1918, the fighting had claimed 193,000 Commonwealth lives – more than half of these men have no known grave.

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5 November 2017 - 12:29pm

A group of doctors is taking legal action against the Department of Health claiming it is trying to “Americanise” the NHS by stealth.
Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/health/jeremy-hunt-department-of-health-doctors-legal-action/

Forces in the Community shared a link: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/health/jeremy-hunt-department-of-health-doctors-legal-action/

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5 November 2017 - 10:45am

"I remember thinking at the time that it was almost as if they could give me the street name and number where they were located." Sounds a bit too good to be true then? Thousands of lives lost.

Forces in the Community shared a link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41872701

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5 November 2017 - 9:33am

Some universities argue that students are adults and that it breaches the Data Protection Act to share information with parents.

More effort needs to be made to support people at risk of suicide. Young people are burdened with debt, under pressure to achieve and away from home, many for the first time. New relationships are forming, vulnerabilities potentially exposed and realisations about who they are identified.

Maybe parents should consider avoiding those universities who hide behind the Data Protection Act and avoid their duty of care.

Forces in the Community shared a link: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/parents-beg-universities-for-help-after-rash-of-suicides-6zzsvnbh2?shareToken=3aae67663b197d5d3385c04208054ebb

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30 October 2017 - 10:17am

If you are interested in exploring a career in health and care services this event would be worth attending.

Forces in the Community shared a link: https://www.derby.ac.uk/newsevents/events/calendar/the-covenant-veterans-and-the-university.php

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29 October 2017 - 9:28pm

NHS TIL Service is a new service for armed forces personnel approaching discharge as well as for veterans.

Forces in the Community shared a link: https://eput.nhs.uk/our-services/essex/essex-mental-health-services/adults/veterans-first/

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25 October 2017 - 2:06pm

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24 October 2017 - 9:17pm

If used effectively this knowledge could be beneficial to current and future generations. Would any of the veterans on here choose not to provide their details?

Forces in the Community shared a link: http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/870292/UK-Army-Military-Veterans-News-Parliament-Labour-Conservatives-Tobias-Ellwood-Chris-Elmore

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