The SMPL team are building a comprehensive list of services and support for our ex-servicemen, reserves and their families across Surrey. This will be published in September 2016 and submitted to the Ministry of Defence, the Office for the Police & Crime Commissioner and the Surrey Civilian Military Partnership Board.
We know that there are some amazing people out there helping our ex-servicemen and women and we want to capture them all!
You can help our veterans and their families as well as our reserves by nominating any service you provide for the military community or of any that you know about!
post by – Steven McCulley Founder & Owner of LIOS Bikes
Five years ago I was blown up by an IED in Afghanistan.
After setting up LIOS Bikes Ltd whilst in rehabilitation, ‘Road to Victory’ was very kindly produced by Hogarth Worldwide and charts the build up to the LIOS Nano carbon folding bike winning the MR PORTER Nocturne London Folding Bike Race on 4 Jun 16…almost five years on to the day I was injured!
Please check out the short video and spread it as much as possible…
The SMPL team add: What a positive message and good luck to you and the team!
reblogged from Pathfinder International – with thanks!
Wales has one of the UK’s leading services for meeting the mental health needs of veterans, but a new review finds that more could be done to strengthen the national strategy in Wales to meet the needs of veterans and their family members…
The review entitled ‘Call to Mind: Wales’, highlights that while much progress has been made in recent years in Wales with respect to meeting the mental and related health needs of veterans, further improvement is required. Top priorities include increasing Veterans NHS Wales’ capacity, improving data to inform commissioning and service provision, improving mainstream services, and doing more to support families and carers.
The report is based on a series of stakeholder interviews in Wales with three groups: veterans and their families; statutory sector stakeholders; and those in the voluntary and independent sectors. Interviews were supplemented by a comprehensive review of key documents and engagement with fourteen voluntary sector organisations who work with veterans and their families in Wales.
The Wales review, part of a wider one-year review covering each of the devolved nations, was commissioned by the Forces in Mind Trust and conducted by Community Innovations Enterprise to build on a similar and well-received review carried out in England in 2015. The end result will be the first comprehensive assessment of how to meet the mental and related health needs for veterans and family members throughout the UK.
On behalf of everyone here at the Surrey Care Trust, I would like to say thank you to each and everyone of you, who supported the Trust by attending the Clink lunch.
It was a record number of people attending the event and although there were some delays due to the security processes that are naturally required in order to access a prison, I hope this didn’t detract from your prison dining experience!
Your very generous purchases of the raffle tickets also exceeded previous collections, raising just over £1000 pounds!!
Thank you once again to all of you who attended. It is your generosity that enables the various elements of the Surrey Care Trust to continue providing much needed services to those in need in Surrey.
Servicemen and women, our reserves and their families are, like the rest of us wanting to live their lives in peace and in a setting they have chosen. Of course most of us make compromises due to our age, health and lifestyle choices. But for many who find themselves in an accident, a victim of crime or even caught up in a major incident they may face what is euphemistically called “life changing injuries”. These injuries may leave mental scars instead of or as well as physical ones.
People who serve in our armed forces however may be ordered to places where they face truly horrific incidents; where they see what no person should see and attempt to deal with what no person should ever have to do. They are expected to function, under discipline to resolve whatever they have been directed to do. Life changing injuries of one sort or the other, or both may ensue.
This I believe sets them apart and it takes a special sort of courage to know that your job may place you in harms way. Hopefully through training and teamwork they will pull though, wiser and more experienced but not all will be so fortunate.
There are a multitude of organizations to support these service personnel, reserves and their families but as physical scars are clear and obvious at their inception the mental ones can often lie dormant for years.
And when the ‘boxed up’ troubling memories arise they can be denied or inappropriately self-treated and end up bringing the veteran into conflict with their family, their place in the community and into contact with the criminal justice system. Now clearly there are lots of charities, local services and organizations who can help prior to this point IF the veteran is prepared to find and accept the support available. However when you are on a downward spiral and becoming less outgoing this can be difficult to do.
This is where the Veterans Programme can help. A referral to us can make all the difference. When a veteran comes into the criminal justice system [CJS] we work with them to get them to realize the situation they are in. Often the CJS contact acts as a shock. Our team will work to help them retain their freedom and undertake restorative justice. Where other charities provide support for specific needs we not only signpost these but ensure the end user can access them. Support for families is vital at this time and coaching or mentoring can make the difference to the outcomes for these hurting folk.
Now one in four of us will have a mental health episode in a year. Everyone needs support and help but for our veterans who have put themselves in harms way to defend us and our freedoms it is right and proper that they are able to rely on the rest of us to defend and protect them from the injuries they have sustained in our service. A pension is not enough. That is why the vulnerable veterans programme is absolutely necessary.