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Friday, 26 January 2018

Help for Heroes - Support to Forces Families


One in four admit their well-being is suffering yet stigma is stopping many from speaking up.

In the run up to Blue Monday, Armed Forces Veterans’ charity Help for Heroes is releasing new research which reveals that one in four (23 per cent) partners or family members of an Armed Services Veteran or Service Person state that their own wellbeing and mental health has been directly affected as a result of their family member’s situation. Worryingly, they are suffering in silence as one in eight (16 per cent) said they would try to cope with any issues alone, with only 5 per cent saying they would seek help from a mental health professional.  

It’s the stigma of speaking up as an Armed Services partner or family member that is the main reason many of those surveyed have not spoken up. Worryingly, reasons cited in the research include 39 per cent of those who would try to cope alone stating that they “don’t feel [they] have the right to seek help”, almost half (43 per cent) say they “need to be the strong one”, and 16 per cent admitting they would be “afraid of appearing weak”. One in three would turn to a family member, friend or other veteran wives/families before approaching their GP or a medical professional. 

Depression and anxiety are just two mental health conditions that affect almost one in three (30 per cent) of affected family members of serving and ex-Personnel.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

SSAFA Short Breaks - Information

Click here for Short Break Letter to Families

Monday, 15 January 2018

Royal British Legion Events 2018

For more information please visit https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/community/calendar/​

Carillion - Notice

Update on Carillion: Defence services to continue uninterrupted


Today's announcement about the financial situation of Carillion has no direct impact on services provided directly to those working for Defence, their families and the continuing work of the department.

Housing will continue to be serviced, catering facilities run, and buildings and offices cleaned, as well as other services the company is involved in providing. There are extensive contingency plans for dealing with issues such as this to make sure that services to personnel and their families continue to be provided to a high standard. This remains a top priority for the department. The facilities management contracts that provide catering, cleaning and maintenance services to Defence are all joint ventures involving partners in addition to Carillion. Contractually, these partners are required to continue to deliver services if one of the other partners fails. The department remains committed to these joint ventures, and has been working with relevant partners to ensure a smooth continuation of the provision of these services. The MOD is confident in the robustness of these arrangements and the strength of the supporting suppliers. Where Carillion is the sole provider of services, for example for construction projects, alternative arrangements are being put into place that will not affect Service personnel. All Service personnel should continue to use pre-existing processes to report problems, including the use of the 24/7 helpdesk telephone numbers.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Disneyland Paris 50% off tickets

Disneyland Paris

50% OFF Adult & Child 2 Day Park Tickets

Two day two Park tickets for Disneyland® Paris for just €75 for adults and €66.50 for children (3-11 yrs)*

Simply present your military ID card and purchase your tickets in Resort

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2017

Armed Forces Covenant 2017

The 2017 Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report was laid before Parliament yesterday:

In parallel, O2 became the 2000th signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/defence-secretary-and-o2-team-up-for-2000th-signing-of-armed-forces-covenant

Also available are an Annual Report summary document:

and a Covenant on a Page infographic:

The MOD’s official Twitter account, @DefenceHQ carried some excellent tweets, including coverage of the O2 signing.

Wattisham Station Coffee Mornings

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