The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), established to help ex-Service men and women make a successful transition back to civilian life, has awarded a grant of £177,949 to Addaction to evaluate and extend their programme, Right Turn, which supports veterans with drug and alcohol problems.
The veteran-tailored programme, Right Turn, which is run by Addaction, is currently successfully working with veterans who need drugs and/or alcohol treatment in the North of England and Scotland. The grant will enable Right Turn to be extended to the South and South West of England.
It will also support a detailed evaluation of the project produced by the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice at Sheffield Hallam University. By capturing the true scope and scale of the problem, the project aims to influence policy makers and improve the way services are delivered to veterans right across the country.
Care home organisation Nightingale Hammerson has been awarded £10,000 by the Big Lottery Fund to support their music therapy program for residents suffering with dementia at Nightingale House.
Most residents living at Nightingale House have some form of memory impairment; with many of them living with dementia. The fund for music therapy within the care home will enable the charity to build upon its pass success with the program and to expand, having more frequent sessions and reach more residents.
Leon Smith, Executive Vice President of Nightingale Hammerson, said: “People living with dementia have a special ability to be able to remember songs and tunes. We cannot thank the Big Lottery enough for supporting us with our music therapy project which enhances the lives of our residents so greatly. This is a wonderful therapy which provides a stimulating, engaging and reassuring environment for our residents.”
HRH The Princess Royal recently visited Nightingale House, a care home for older members of the Jewish Community, to unveil a plaque dedicated to the lives of three French Section Women Special Operations Executive (SOE) agents who were identified and interrogated at the London Reception Centre, 101 Nightingale Lane, during WW2 after escaping occupied France.
The London Reception Centre is now within the site of Nightingale House, a 200-bed care home in Wandsworth, South London. The agents; Andrée Borrel, Denise Bloch and Madeleine Damerment subsequently all served in the SOE in France, assisting the French Resistance movement against Nazi occupation. Sadly, in the line of duty, all three were arrested and executed for their role supporting the Resistance
The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, was “very impressed” when he visited Kisharon’s further education facility in Stamford Hill which enables adults with complex learning needs to gain valuable life skills and become more independent.
The tour was led by Curriculum Manager Gillian Adamson and Gweneth Preston, Assistant Principal of Hackney Community College, together with Kisharon’s Chief Executive, Dr Beverley Jacobson and Chairman, Philip Goldberg.
His visit marked the inauguration of the new facility which is based at Brenner Community Centre and run in partnership with Hackney Community College. Mr Iain Duncan Smith said, “It is a privilege to be here for the inauguration of this excellent project. Looking at Kisharon and Hackney Community College, this is a great example of how two ends of a community can come together to create something very special and very good.”
The PR Office visited client Gibbs Technologies' amphibious vehicle museum in Nuneaton.
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