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Military Mental Health Helpline

The Government is rolling out a new service from midday today. A 24hr helpline specifically for veterans struggling with mental health issues.

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Military Mental Health Helpline 0800 323 4444

You can find out more here

 

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Say Again??

A FORMER Welsh Guardsman from Ebbw Vale has called on veterans with hearing loss to get support from a new service run by charity Action on Hearing Loss Cymru.

Steve Liversage, who served for 27 years in the Welsh Guards, lost his hearing due to exposure to gunfire and also led to tinnitus – a loud and persistent ringing in his ears.

He said: “People don’t realise how hard it can be to lose your hearing. It makes it very hard to have a conversation and it really knocks your confidence having to ask someone to repeat themselves over and over again. “This made me feel very lonely.”

The Aged Veterans Project, funded through the Ministry of Defence’s Aged Veterans Fund, has been launched to support veterans across Wales who are deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus.

The free service offers information and support in the community and in people’s homes; providing basic hearing checks, trials of equipment and support before and after hearing aids have been fitted.

Rebecca Woolley, director of Action on Hearing Loss Cymru, said: “Deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus can be incredibly isolating and can lead to mental health problems and depression.

“Research shows that retired soldiers are more than three times more likely to experience hearing loss than the general population, often due to repeated exposure to small arms fire, artillery, engines and explosives. This new service will help veterans across Wales get support.”

You can visit their website here

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why ARE so many of our heroes committing suicide?

A report by Richard Pendlebury of the Daily Mail looks into the shocking amount of suicides committed by our serving soldiers and veterans. In my opinion, this is just the tip of the iceberg and it’s a sad fact that things will probably get a lot worse before they get better.

You can read the full article HERE

 

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Receive “Bags of Help” from Tesco

‘Bags of Help’ is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised from the sale of carrier bags is used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK.

How does it work? Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores, with projects changing every other month. The project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £4,000, second place up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000.

How to apply
Take the ‘eligibility quiz’ on their website If you meet the basic requirements, you then get a link through to the application form. Further information and the ‘eligibility test’ can be found here:

Not only is this a great way to raise funds, it will also raise your profile in your local area.

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A Mother’s Support

Ms Dee Edwards MBE, mother of a serving Welsh Guardsman who is shortly to embark on an 8 month Tour of Afghanistan. Has sent out a message to all mothers, wives, girlfriends of Welsh Guardsmen, to get in touch to form a support group while the 1 Battalion Welsh Guards are deployed in Afghanistan.For details, in the first instance, get in touch with Marcus Townley at the Colwyn Bay Veterans shed 22 Station road Colwyn  Bay, who will pass on your details to Ms Edwards.

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Defence Discount Service & Forces Lottery

We’ve put two interesting articles up under the ‘Useful info’ heading on the menu. One will show you how you can save yourself money on your internet and high street shopping, the other will show you how you can put yourself in with a chance to win up to £10,000 whilst helping out a worthy cause.

It would be rude not to at least take a look so why not get yourself over to Useful info and check out the drop-down headings now?

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A HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE CHAIR

Dear all, happy New Year and I hope all your wishes come to fruition.

Well, a brief sit-rep as to what is happening.

Jason and I are in contact with various organisations and at this moment we will have another bank account, fingers crossed that will facilitate our funding, the credit union will still be functional but the new account will be able to move resources better.

I have had quite a few courses for which I need responses soonest, as listed below:

FIRST AID 6-hour course Saturday 27th January or Saturday 3rd February FULL NAMES ASAP END DATE WILL BE MON 15TH JAN 2018 FOR NAMES as the instructor will need to send off to Cardiff for the certificate authority.
THE COURSE WILL CONSIST OF 3X2 hour sessions and you will attain the relevant certificate, 2-hour session, 4 hours and 6 hours which obviously give you a better qualification. These dates will be confirmed by the instructor so be flexible as we may do 2-hour sessions on different days being the reason for immediate interest. MARCUS ASK CHRIS IF THOSE DATES SUIT AS WE WILL NEED TO CONFIRM THE VENUE!

SAFEGUARDING AWARENESS TRAINING: 20TH Jan, 7th Feb, 24th Feb, 15th Mar, 20th March
IT IS FREE BUT ONCE BOOKED £50 NONE ATTENDANCE. You can go to the CVSC website or call 01492534091 for further info, EITHER YOU BOOK OR INFORM ME PLEASE.

DEAF AWARENESS: This is a basic 1-2 hour awareness on how to communicate, anyone with basic sign language skills can ask about doing a BSL1 course, there is a cost but anyone on benefits will get reduced prices and the shed will assist in this.

ARABIC, WELSH, ENGLISH COURSE: Please no remarks about me being scouse! The course is centred in Colwyn Bay, We have missed to dates but they are “rolling” so please contact 01492530110 / 07756197442 or me as we could do a block booking, IT IS FREE

I.T.COURSES

I.T. 8-week basic level 1 Mon-Tue 9.30-2.30,

8-week level 2 Thur-Fri 9.30-2.30

7-week employability skills course Wed, Thur, Fri, 9.30-2.30

3-week customer service skills Mon 9.30-2.30

These again may be rolling but need enquiries ASAP to fill spaces.

CREST WORKSHOP: We are now constructing some good special bespoke items, look at the site (www.veteranssheduk.com) and have a bigger workspace for our needs, Tues and Thurs yet you can go in any time or day, well done Dave M.

BODELWYDDAN CASTLE TRENCH PROGRAMME: I am waiting for an update from them to know what is required, normally Fridays.

EVELYN’S GARDEN: This requires finishing and a day TBC, all hands on deck!

WRAC: Lynda has several ex WRAC (Woman’s Royal Army Corps) and they will start having input and hopefully get involved with some of the projects especially the farm potential.

CVSC, We are now members of CVSC and lots of information and help comes via this means so again look at the site for further information.

CREST: We are currently, with the help of Crest Co-Operative looking at potential expansion along with a FARM PROJECT to have involvement in animal husbandry, fencing, (fencing posts not touché) wildlife protection and general farm work along with the potential to use the excess flora and fauna for well-being projects WATCH THIS SPACE!

MENS SHED: Good news that they have been funded and they proceed with their fantastic projects, NB anyone from men’s shed ca ask or apply for any of the courses above or get involved in what we do, we are all sheds

SCUBA DIVING: After the taster last month Mike G has asked if anyone wishes to progress, Gwyn and I are going to Malta in October, 7 days 10 dives to get our certificates approx. 650 Euros 4 star B&B sun, sea, diving and a bit of swallee, please ask for any other info if interested.

FINALLY: As of 1st Feb the web will have all info and contact details, we will only mail if urgent, any remaining information will be brought up at the meetings or projects.

You families and friends are welcome to participate, as there are befriending services that need help for those that cant get about and may need support which should be our primary objective, so far we have done well without funding.

I hope you all stay well and safe

Be good

Martin

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