Forces in the Community
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2 Cross Street, Beeston, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG9 2NX

Telephone: 01159 220 320
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15 January 2018 - 12:46pm

This will take place every Thursday for veterans over 65 years old

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6 January 2018 - 2:25pm

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” - John Lennon

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1 January 2018 - 5:23pm

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25 December 2017 - 10:10pm

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25 December 2017 - 1:06pm

When you place such little value in the men and women who serve don’t be surprised to see them leave...and others not join up. At least only a few million was spent on rebranding ‘Be the Best’. Maybe ‘Do your best’ is more appropriate nowadays, so sad.

Forces in the Community shared a link: http://metro.co.uk/2017/12/24/troops-afghanistan-given-1-celebrate-christmas-7183241/

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18 December 2017 - 6:59pm

You’re never alone, we’ll always try to help out

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16 December 2017 - 4:12pm

If you are in the Worksop area on 22nd Dec why not pop in and meet other veterans from the area?

Forces in the Community shared a link: https://www.paradigmwellbeing.co.uk/events/north-notts-mcvc-friday-drop-in-22-12-17

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13 December 2017 - 12:06pm

Veterans To Be Formally Recognised With Official ID Cards

Forces in the Community shared a link: http://www.forces.net/news/veterans-be-formally-recognised-official-id-cards

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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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