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Our Services

At Forces in the Community, we know that the transition to civilian life can be a struggle and that it's often a challenge coming to terms with your new identity. If you are unsure as to what to do next or just want a safe and confidential place to talk, don't hesitate to contact us. We'll do our best to point you in the direction of people who can help, many of whom are ex-forces themselves and understand what you are going through.

Housing

When you leave the Armed Forces you don't just leave a job, you leave a lifestyle and more importantly (in a large percentage of cases) a home.

Therefore the challenge is twofold, employment and a home. Quite often this will mean relocating, a hard task in itself when it often feels like you’re moving from one 'world' to another!

Employment

Employment options are many and varied. The key once leaving the service is to maximise the skills and experience you have gained to make the most of the opportunities available to you. We can help you achieve this by CV writing, coaching in interview skills and career and training signposting.

Health Issues

Keeping healthy in mind and body after your discharge from the armed forces is perhaps one of the most challenging problems you’ll face. Once you leave the armed forces, whatever support network you may have had disappears. But your problems, which could range from serious and often life-changing physical injuries to mood disorders, PTSD and other issues may remain. You deserve recognition, rehabilitation, support and compensation so you can get on with your life.

Emotional Support

Many of the issues that you or members of your family may be facing following your time in military service may be personal and emotional in nature. Few of us discuss these things with our family and friends (let alone our GP) and many just don't consider the idea of seeking outside counselling and help.

Emotional problems that come with readjusting to regular life following discharge can range from relationship issues or breakdown, feelings of grief or loss, to anger management issues or alcohol and substance abuse.

Talk to us at Forces in the Community if you want any sort of confidential emotional support.

Legal Advice

Through our relationship with Shoosmiths Access Legal, we are able to offer the Defence Discount Service which provides discounted legal services to serving and reserve members of the armed forces, veterans and their families, bereaved family members, cadet forces and NATO personnel.

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.

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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/

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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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