Veterans Hubs newsletter for January 2020

We would love to hear about any veterans events you are hosting or attending and of any Hubs that are not (yet) on the calendar.

The Veterans Hubs project will soon provide training to help Hubs’ staff provide a better and safe service. This training will incorporate best practice from around the United Kingdom.

Furthermore we would like to bring to your attention that the project has funding available to support new Hubs set up and to assist current Hubs to become sustainable.

Please share our contact email with anyone you believe may be interested in training and or funding from FCSE-Veterans Hubs. 

Finally please use, search and share the hashtag #VeteransHubsSE on your social media platforms or type it into your search engine of choice to find news and information about the project.

How To Help Deter Burglars This Winter

Cardboard baby boxes

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has published research revealing concerns over the promotion and use of cardboard baby boxes for infants to sleep in. The article raises three issues: the lack of safety standard regulations currently in place; paucity of observational evidence that the cardboard baby box can be used safely; promotion of the use of the cardboard baby box could undermine current safety messages. The research calls for controlled studies to better understand how cardboard baby boxes are used by families and any safety implications.

What Veterans Want to be Called

Veterans matter

A twitter poll by our Director Roger Nield has identified that 56% of respondents are comfortable being addressed as Veterans whilst 28% prefer Ex-Services and 16% Don’t Mind. (n=79)

This is important because in veterans circles there has been a debate as to how they self-identify. Many don’t see themselves as Veterans perhaps being too young, not having served overseas of been “shot-over”. However the standard against which they are judged veterans – and can access all the services is “One Paid Day in our Armed Forces”.

Whilst 72% like or don’t mind being called veterans almost all accept that when accessing services they would search under the title “veteran”.

However Veterans often proudly refer to themselves by their ex-Ship/Squadron/Regiment or Corps plus their role.

This is important information for service providers, say in council offices or folks new to veterans services to help them quickly communicate effectively with their ex-service folk. Especially if that veteran is stressed.


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