SMPL Team awarded Armed Forces Covenant Bronze Award

 

The Simple Solutions team have been awarded the Armed Forces Covenant – Bronze Award under their Employer Recognition Scheme.

Lucy Nield said, “We are delighted to be granted this award that recognised our work with the Vulnerable Veterans project. This began two years ago looking to provide in-reach to Surrey Police custody centres but has grown to so become much more.”

“We are supporting two Veterans drop-ins (Veterans Hubs) in Woking and Aldershot. We are woking with ASDIC to create a comprehensive record of Veterans Drop-Ins and with Forces Connect South East to bring these groups into a mutually supportive co-operative. The area this new project covers includes Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey and Northern Hampshire. Exciting times lie ahead”.

What is an NHS Health Check?

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If you’re aged 40-74 with no pre-existing conditions you can have an NHS Health Check. Think of it as a free midlife MOT to check that your important circulatory and vascular systems are healthy. You’ll be asked some easy questions and have some simple tests done by a health professional. Most people will find that they’re perfectly well but a few people might need to make a few small lifestyle changes to ensure they stay healthy.

Why should I get checked?

As you get older, your risk of having a stroke or developing problems such as kidney disease, type 2 diabetes or heart disease increases. That’s why it’s important you have an NHS Health Check as it can spot early signs of these illnesses. This means you can take action to prevent them and lower your risk so you can enjoy your life for longer. Why don’t you start off by taking the heart age test to see how healthy your heart is?

How do I get an NHS Health Check?

First of all, check that you’re eligible for an NHS Health Check. Then you’ll need to find your nearest local participating venue and contact them to book a check. Don’t forget that even if you’re feeling healthy, it’s still worth having your check so you can reduce your risk of becoming unwell as you get older.

Ask at any of the participating venues or email healthchecks@surreycc.gov.uk to find out more about NHS Health Checks.

Change of Location for SAFDI this week.

We have changed the location of the Surrey Armed Forces Drop In (SAFDI) September due to a clash of events.

On Thursday 22nd February 2018 we will be meeting Veterans at the

Woking Railway Athletic Club

(also known as Railway Club) from 1000 -1300.

Goldsworth Road

Woking

GU21 6JT

(01483) 598499

SAFDI

Its fun, free and everyone is welcome. Meet up with SSAFA, Vulnerable Veterans and more.

Please share this invitation with all the veterans you know.

Thank you for your continuing support and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

 

SMPL request

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.

ArmedForcesCovenentWe 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!

The Categories are:

  • Local Government team or service
  • Charity
  • Self-help group
  • Volunteer team
  • Sports organisation
  • Business

You can tell us by

emailing contact@smpl.org.uk

twitter @SimpleIsntIt

facebook https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=smpl

And please share this challenge as widely as you can – we need to capture national services supplied locally as well. (Just for illustration the Royal British Legion).

Thank you on behalf of all the people you will help by taking part.

Best regards,

Roger

Road to Victory

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…

Thanks

 

 

The SMPL team add: What a positive message and good luck to you and the team!

Meeting The Mental And Related Health Needs Of Veterans And Families In Wales – New Report

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.

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