Surrey Heath Veterans & Families support group January 2018 newsletter

Always happy to promote the good work of Surrey Heath Veterans & Families – Listening Project, a small tightly-focussed support group that helps veterans and their families find their way through to the myriad of support services.

Here’s their January 2018 newsletter. To expand, click on the upward facing arrow at the bottom right-hand corner. I read that they’re moving to new premises in February, a definite plus for car parking.

Surrey Heath Veterans & Families support group December newsletter

Always happy to promote the good work of Surrey Heath Veterans & Families – Listening Project, a small tightly-focussed support group that helps veterans and their families find their way through to the myriad of support services.

Here’s their December newsletter. To expand, click on the upward facing arrow at the bottom right-hand corner.

Dogs from rescue centre are ideal to ‘buddy’ with service veterans

In writing about Eagle Radio’s Local Hero award to Roy Sellstrom BEM, I mentioned that I’m an occasional visitor to the charity he founded – Surrey Heath Veterans & Families – Listening Project.

The presentation at the September monthly meeting of the project was from Service Dogs UK. Two veterans suffering with PTSD [Post Traumatic Stress Disorder], related how training and building an emotional bond with a dog helps them overcome the effects of PTSD.

Presentations, such as these, are revelatory. What was surprising is that dogs selected to ‘buddy’ with PTSD sufferers are themselves likely to have suffered. Here’s the mission of Service Dogs UK:

Service Dogs UK trains and provides assistance dogs to support members of the Armed Forces and Emergency Services who have PTSD. We use dogs from rescue centres to achieve unique partnerships that will greatly enhance the lives of both.

Eagle Radio’s Local Hero award to Roy Sellstrom BEM

It was Roy Sellstrom’s idea to create a support group for ex-forces veterans suffering with PTSD [Post Traumatic Stress Disorder] that should also included their family members. From small beginnings, the Surrey Heath Veterans & Families – Listening Project  serves a wider area than Surrey Heath, extending to Rushmoor Borough and beyond.

Seeing Roy being recognised for his outstanding work in Eagle Radio’s annual Local Heroes Awards is terrific. I should say that Roy is wonderfully supported by his wife Deborah, who’s an equal mainstay in the running of SHV&F-LP.

There’s a monthly meeting of the project on the first Tuesday of every month at the Sea Cadet centre in Gilbert Road, Frimley. Each month there’s a speaker from one of the many veteran support organisations. I occasionally attend a monthly meeting, and end up learning a lot from these presentations.

Hearing of the Enham Trust’s good work at Surrey Heath Veterans & Families – Listening Project

On the second Tuesday of every month there’s a meeting of the Surrey Heath Veterans and Families – Listening Project at the Sea Cadet centre in Frimley.

I like to give my support to them by promoting their good work on this blog, and, when I can, attending one of their monthly sessions, just to listen. As a reminder, see HERE to understand their role.

The presentation at this month ‘s meeting was from the Enham Trust, who describe themselves as, 

Enham Trust is a disability charity that works with over 8,500 individuals each year, helping them have increased independence and choice in the cornerstone areas of their lives.

One of the reasons I like to go to the meetings is to hear about the work of charities about which I know little. I always come away heartened at the size and capability of the nation’s volunteer and disability charity sector.

A group that helps Armed Forces veterans and families in need

Here’s the latest newsletter from the Surrey Heath Veterans & Families – Listening Project.

The Project links veterans and their families in need to places that offer help. The Project offers advice and help on where to go to get that help – be it in the area of mental health, physical disability, or adjustment on leaving the Armed Forces to civil society.

A great small, effective charity run by dedicated people.