Being Forces Friendly – new podcast from the MOD

Posted on: March 7th, 2017 by David Wilcox No Comments

Being Forces friendly podcast

“Looking for that one stop shop for all the answers to your Armed Forces Covenant question? Maybe you are just looking for something interesting to listen to on your morning commute? The Being Forces-friendly podcast is here for you!

Every month we’ll be sitting down for 15 minutes with an expert from the Armed Forces, government or business to pick their brains and give you an insight into what it means to be a Forces-friendly organisation.

So whether you’re a long standing supporter of the Armed Forces community or completely new to the subject, Being Forces-friendly is a must listen to get you informed and inspired.”



RFEA Employment Compass – employment support for veterans

Posted on: December 9th, 2016 by David Wilcox No Comments

RFEA Employment Compass
Through Life Employment Support

The RFEA Employment Compass Programme (ECP) is a national employment support programme designed to address the employment needs of Veteran personnel who no longer qualify for MOD Resettlement support, and Reservists, who are returning to the employment market after 2 years post discharge from service.

The RFEA’s aim is to assist Veterans to secure quality, sustainable employment for the rest of their working life.

Click here for more details

Shrouds of the Somme – Bristol 11 – 18 November 2016

Posted on: October 24th, 2016 by David Wilcox No Comments

As you may have heard, the incredible Shrouds of the Somme Exhibition is being displayed at Bristol Cathedral from 11-18 November to mark the end of the Battle of the Somme. This particularly moving installation will doubtedly have a strong impact again and large numbers are expected to visit, especially over the weekend which includes Remembrance Sunday. There is also likely to be local and national press and TV coverage.

The organising committee are now pulling together an army of people to staff the Exhibition and as many of you have expressed an interest in helping.

There is a requirement for 84 volunteers to operate a 2-shift system (0900-1300 and 1300-1700) from Friday 11th November until the evening of Friday 18th November with 6 volunteers per shift. Each shift will have a lead volunteer who will be briefed on the duties and will supervise events. Duties will include assisting the public, collecting donations, which will be for SSAFA Bristol, distributing programmes and taking orders. 24-hour security will be provided by a security firm.

If you would like to volunteer, please fill in the contact sheet here:


Shrouds of the Somme webpage and volunteering page

World Mental Health Day 10th October

Posted on: October 10th, 2016 by David Wilcox No Comments

Have a look at the GREAT DREAM that helped Joe in his recovery:


10 keys to happier living

Archaeology project on Salisbury Plain for veterans

Posted on: August 11th, 2016 by David Wilcox No Comments

Breaking Ground heritage will be conducting an excavation of a Late Bronze Age / Early Iron Age Midden (rubbish tip) on Salisbury Plain between the 19th – 30th of September.

The excavation will be structured into two single week blocks that will provide a constructive and enjoyable introduction to archaeology and heritage. We will be looking at taking 15 participants per week and there is the option for spending the whole two weeks on site if the right candidates can be identified for this.

There will be no costs to the participants except food, what we are hoping can be provided through Tedworth House on a pay as you dine system, otherwise there will be basic cooking facilities on site for personnel to cook their own food (we are currently looking into messing being provided by the Army Catering College onsite but we are still awaiting confirmation for this).

Accommodation will be tented and living on site with shower runs to Tedworth House daily (Tedworth House may again be able to facilitate rooms on an individual basis but this will need highlighting ASAP if so).

We have a range of cultural immersion activities planned for the week from Bronze Age cooking, blacksmithing, pottery making and flint knapping along with day trips to related sites.

Last year this project was highly successful and this year the anti has been upped significantly so we are expecting great things.

No experience is needed at all to come along on this project, full tuition/supervision and tools will be provided on site along with a wealth of material to read before hand should individuals wish (not a prerequisite).

Please feel free to re-publish this information via whatever means you feel appropriate and refer any interested parties to this website to register to join.

We also have a social media presence on Facebook: Breaking Ground Heritage, Twitter: @Mil_Archaeology and Linked in.

Paint a picture, make a difference

Posted on: August 4th, 2016 by David Wilcox No Comments

Paint a Picture, make is difference is an art competition that uses competition entries to help make our wards a more vibrant place by providing original artwork to decorate the walls. It is a joint project between the Trust and local organisation 1 in 4 people.

This year the focus is on producing art for the bedrooms of our two later life wards, Dune Ward for people with dementia and Cove Ward, a later life psychiatric ward. There is no theme for this year, anything that would be appropriate for a bedroom setting is welcome. The competition is open to service users, carers, family, friends and members of the public in North Somerset.


More details here

Tidworth Job and Careers Fair

Posted on: August 4th, 2016 by David Wilcox No Comments

15th September 2016

0930 – 1400

Tidworth Leisure Centre

for Service Leavers, Reserve Forces, Veterans, Partners & Families, Civilian MOD Employees

More details here

SSAFA Report: The new frontline: voices of veterans in need

Posted on: July 21st, 2016 by David Wilcox No Comments

SSAFA has published a report this July:

For many people, a veteran is an old man with medals and a beret, marching on Remembrance Sunday. The truth can sometimes be very different. We are now seeing a generation of men and women leave the services at a young age.

These men and women served their nation, but many of them do not feel supported by society, and some feel they have been disadvantaged. They contrast their experiences with those of their counterparts in the US and feel they have been forgotten.

This report gives them a voice.

The New Front Line report

NHS Healthcare for the Armed Forces – new e-learning package

Posted on: June 28th, 2016 by David Wilcox 1 Comment

Launched today: a free e-learning package to assist health and social care providers, and other sectors understand the military community and their healthcare needs.

The Armed Forces community comprises current serving personnel, their families, and military veterans and their families. Whilst many aspects of health need are the same as other members of society, there are sometimes significant differences from other patients and particularly conditions attributable to life in the services and the overall impact of military life upon the family. These differences are sometimes reflected in the way in which healthcare is delivered, the range and types of services and the long-term impact upon the patient and their family.

This e-learning programme is designed to highlight both the similarities and the differences to allow healthcare personnel to understand both the context of military life and also how to appropriately respond to patient need. The programme is broken into three broad areas – the NHS care of current serving personnel, the NHS care of the families of military personnel and veterans, and finally veterans themselves.


NHS Healthcare for the Armed Forces

Weston-super-Mare Air Days and Armed Forces event 18 & 19 June

Posted on: June 17th, 2016 by David Wilcox No Comments

The annual Air Days and Armed Forces Day events will be held at Weston-super-Mare this weekend.

Our details are on display in the North Somerset Big Purple Bus, along with representatives from other agencies on the Armed Forces Covenant steering group.

The whole event is free!

Click here for more details