News & Events

April 2016 Bulletin

April began with the introduction of our minibus ‘Tommy’, to Forward Assist patron, Dave Anderson MP (Blaydon constituency). “I am delighted with the awarding of the funds to gain access to a minibus that will widen the scope of activities that the veterans can get involved in…. Above all ...

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March 2016 Bulletin

March proved to be very exciting and fast paced for Forward Assist. The exploration of new ventures with like-minded and complimentary organisations, the completion of the graphics to our minibus, and another veteran into employment with Starbucks through our ‘Mission Employable’ program. Res...

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February 2016 Bulletin

February began by saying a fond farewell to Steve Jackson as he made the decision to retire. Steve began working with Tony as a volunteer for About Turn CIC in 2008. When Forward Assist was created in 2013, Steve took on the role of Office Manager. Steve ensured that all the admin support was in pla...

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January 2016 Bulletin

A happy New Year to all of our supporters from all at Forward Assist! We hope you will join us for an action packed 2016? ‘Team Forward Assist’ started 2016 as we intend to go on throughout the year with lots of new projects and the continuation of others. Cookery sessions for our veterans began...

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December 2015 Bulletin

They say that December 2015 has been the mildest since records began! Just as well as it’s been a jam-packed ‘Red Hot’ 2015 for Team Forward Assist! However it has allowed the team the chance to reflect on our achievements and the challenges ahead supporting military veterans and their familie...

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November 2015 Bulletin

November 2015 was a memorable milestone for everyone involved with Forward Assist. We started by welcoming Sarah Lattaway to the ‘Team’ to take on the role of Education, Training & Employment Coordinator recently vacated by Neil Tully as he moved into a Business Development role. Sarah...

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October 2015 Bulletin

October began at the dizzying heights of 15000ft! Local veteran, Phil Logan put his abilities and nerves to the test with a sponsored tandem skydive to raise funds for Forward Assist. Phil was looked after by the guys at Peterlee Parachute Centre (owned by two former servicemen) on a glori...

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September 2015 Bulletin

In good military fashion, we hit the ground run-ning in September. Office Manager, Steve, was seconded to Walking with The Wounded to drive one of the support vehicles during their ‘Walk of Britain’. Steve also took John Hall DFC (96 years) to Barnard Castle to meet the ‘Walk of Britain’ tea...

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August 2015 Bulletin

We were ‘spinning more than a few plates’ this August! A lot of staff time went into preparing for upcoming events in Septem-ber and beyond. Our sport and fitness events are becoming increasingly popular and the requests for our veteran led ‘community benefit’ projects has gone through the r...

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July 2015 Bulletin

July saw another busy month for ‘Team Forward Assist’ which included European and Trans Atlan-tic travel. Simon and Pat completed the Ride of Remembrance with Sunderland Foundation of Light travelling 320 miles from Brussels to Paris on bicycles in 4 days to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of W...

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June 2015 Bulletin

June 2015 was another ‘action packed’ month for ‘Team Forward Assist’. Simon Kristiansen has made links with Newcastle Fenc-ing Club and we have made plans to expand the variety of sporting activities on offer to the veterans that access our service.  Stage One of our innovative proj...

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May 2015 Bulletin

May 2015 proved to be an action packed month with four of Simon Kristiansen’s Team of Veterans gaining their Level 1 Football Coaching qualifications thanks to the support of an individ-ual donation. Our innovative and ground-breaking project with The National Glass Centre in Sunderland got underw...

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April 2015 Bulletin

April 2015 saw the Forward Assist Staff Team involved in a host of community based activities. Steve Jackson our Office Man-ager, facilitated a trip to The Arboretum Memorial as part of his weekly contact with 95 year old John Hall DFC. We were also delighted to host the first ever Forgiveness Proje...

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March 2015 Bulletin

Vera Baird QC, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner awarded Forward Assist funding to facilitate two ‘Veteran Led’ diversionary activity days for disengaged young people in the North East. Forward Assist linked up with youth work staff from Youth Focus North East who then recruited ten youn...

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February 2015 Bulletin

On Monday 2nd February 2015 members of the Forward Assist Debating Team, volunteers and students from the Northumbria University Debating Society travelled to London, courtesy of East Coast Trains and spent the night at the Union Jack Club; generously paid for by William Hill PLC. The trip was the c...

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January 2015 Bulletin

Last year Forward Assist contacted Ria Wilkinson, President of Northumbria University Debating Society, and asked if she would be willing to teach a group of veterans the art of debating over 12 weeks culminating in a final debate based on a topical First World War subject. The aim of the project wa...

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Forward Assist Veterans Open New Starbucks Store in Newcastle

Forward Assist were delighted to be asked to open the new Starbucks Coffee Store in Kingston Park Shopping Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne. Forward Assist were given this rare honour so that they could promote the unique collaboration between Starbucks and Forward Assist. This innovative North East Ch...

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'Mission Employable' Forward Assist-Starbucks 'Barista' Training Course leads to Veterans Employment

We are delighted to report that three North East 'Military Veterans' have secured employment as Coffee Baristas with Starbucks UK. The Veterans had to complete a two week work placement and attend a day long bespoke employability focussed 'Personal Development Workshop' facilitated by the Regional S...

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Forward Assist 'Community Benefit' Project Funded by Northumberland Police & Crime Commissioner

Our Fantastic Sports & Development Worker Simon Kristiansen (Former Royal Marines Commando) facilitated yet another innovative and far reaching Veteran Led 'Community Benefit' Project this week.  With funding allocated by Vera Baird, Northumberland’s Police & Crime Commissioner. For...

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Forward Assist Fund Raiser Quiz Night

Our Fabulous Volunteer Fund Raiser, Julie Denton joined forces with the ‘Starbucks Superstars’ led by Becca Haigh to host a brilliant 'Quiz Night ' Raffle & Auction at the Milecastle Public House in Newcastle in February 2015. The event brought in over £700.00 which we have put towards th...

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Veterans Debate Team & Students Invited to Visit Parliament

The Forward Assist Veterans Debating Team, which includes Students from Northumbria University Debating Society and several volunteers were invited to visit the Palace of Westminster in February this year as guests of Dave Anderson MP and Daniel Wood from the Parliamentary Outreach Team. A gui...

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Walking With The Wounded Fund ETE Worker

We are delighted to report that that the charity 'Walking with the Wounded' WWTW has provided financial assistance to employ our very own Education Training and Employment Lead. Neil Tully a former Royal Engineer with 16 years’ service behind him was Medically Discharged from Military service a ...

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2014: What A Year!

Forward Assist Veterans Support Charity went from strength to strength in 2014. The year started with the induction of three full time staff followed in April by two additional posts covering Sports Development and Education Training & Employment roles.To have created five full time jobs is an...

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Forward Assists Veteran Exchange Programme Takes Giant Step Forward

At the end of 2014 Forward Assist CEO Tony Wright travelled back to Arkansas and Texas to make plans for the 2015 Veterans Exchange between the UK and USA. Earlier in the year Forward Assist had facilitated an Exchange visit from Veterans from Arkansas and Texas. Accompanying Tony on the trip and,...

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Angling & Art Therapy in Rural France

Forward Assist  are once again indebted to the generosity and  kindness of Richard Skerritt http://www.skerritts.co.uk/pages/richard+skerritt  who once again allowed Veterans accessing the support of Forward Assist to stay at his fantastic property in France, free of charge, for sev...

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Veterans Help Young People from Gateshead Connect with The Great Outdoors

A team of former Armed Forces Veterans working with North East charity Forward Assist and Youth Focus North East spent a day at Druridge Bay Country Park helping a group of young people from Felling in Gateshead connect with the Great Outdoors. The young people had the chance to learn all about be...

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Team of volunteers from Starbucks Coffee Dig New Vegetable Allotments for Veterans

A team of volunteer staff from a host of Starbucks Coffee stores from around the Tyne & Wear region joined forces with Veterans from Forward Assist to dig three new allotment plots for use by Armed Forces Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. One of the allotments will now be...

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'Battle Scarred' Documentory featurning 'About Turn' (now Forward Assist) to be shown on Forces TV

The fantastic documentary TV series 'Battle Scarred' makes a timely return to the small screen on Forces TV this month. The series that has never before been seen in its entirety will start on the 30th July 2014 and be repeated every Saturday. Epidode 4 'Soldering On' features About Turn ( Now For...

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Forward Assist Veteran Support Charity:Working across the North East!

Forward Assist were recently described as a ".....charity punching way above its weight" The comments were made by a funder at a recent meeting to discuss our expansion plans. The insightful observation came after we had described how in the last year we had delivered and indeed continue to deliver ...

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Forward Assist Angling Academy gets Veterans Hooked on Fishing

The Forward Assist Angling Academy was set up to offer a safe therapeutic activity for veterans suffering from PTSD or mobility issues. Funded by The Big Lottery 'Awards for All' scheme and The Sir James Knott Trust the project is able to offer free angling day trips  to groups of veterans acce...

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Forward Assist Veterans Charity Partner with Sunderland AFC's Foundation of Light.

Forward Assist are delighted to be working with Sunderland AFC's Foundation of Light Charity to develop a 'Veteran Specific' element to the highly successful 'Back in the Game' initiative. Simon Kristiansen a former Royal Marine Commando and Forward Assists Sports Development Officer will design and...

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Armed Forces Day Veterans Charity Football Tournament

Forward Assist's 2014  Annual 'Armed Forces Day' Football Tournament took place on 29th June 2014. Sixteen 9- A Side Teams took part in the 'Knock Out' football tournament which ran  from 10.00am - 3.00pm on a hot and sunny day in North Tyneside. The event celebrated the contribution mad...

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Forward Assist Veterans Take part in the Virgin Money Cyclone Event to raise funds for Walking With The Wounded

Six Armed Forces Veterans from Tyneside are taking part in the annual 'Virgin Cyclone' Cycling Event which will take place at the end of June to raise funds for the 'Walking with the Wounded' Charity. The veterans have all benefitted from the support given by North East based  'Forward Assist' ...

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Forward Assist Veterans Provide Inner City Kids With 'life changing' day of adventure in the Great Outdoors

On Saturday 31st April 2014 on a gloriously sunny day.....eight young people from Billingham in Teesside took part in a 'Wellbeing Challenge' organised by Youth Focus North East and Forward Assist Veterans Support Charity. The young people, several of whom had never had the opportunity to leave Bi...

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Forward Assist Angling Academy Veterans 'Kitted out' by The Barbour Foundation

We are delighted to report that the 'Forward Assist Angling Academy Veterans' received a cracking donation of ten wax jackets from The Barbour Foundation. This generous act means that unemployed and/or homeless veterans are able to take part in the Angling Academy's year long activities ...

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Forward Assist Vocational Employment Training & Skills (VETS) Worker Supports Service Leavers in Avondale House

Since January 2014, Forward Assist Veterans Charity has facilitated weekly ’Veteran Specific-Peer Led Support Sessions' at Avondale House in Byker to help the residents make the transition from military service to civilian life. Neil Tully, a former Royal Engineer is employed by Forward Assis...

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Forward Assist UK-US Veterans Exchange 2014

Following on from last year’s successful Veterans Exchange Programme initiated by Tony Wright, CEO of Forward Assist, which saw six veterans from the UK visit the State of Arkansas in October 2013. (See News & Event Section for more information) Forward Assist was delighted to host the sec...

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The Great 'French Alps' Climbing Adventure

In April 2014, the Forward Assist 'Rock, Ice & Mountain Climbing Cadre' established and led by former Royal Marine Commando and qualified Mountaineering Instructor/Leader Chris Pretty, met in the small town of Vallouise in the Ecrins National Park in the French Alps. www.chrisprettymountaineerin...

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Veterans Boat Project Receives a blessing in St Andrews Church on St Georges Day

Yesterday, on St Georges Day, which turned out to be one of the most beautiful days of the year, a group of veterans from the charity Forward Assist arrived at St Andrews Church with a boat they had renovated and painted in the regimental colours of the now disbanded Royal Northumberland Fusiliers I...

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The 2014 'Veterans Challenge Football Tournament'

Following the fantastic success of last year’s ’Veterans Challenge Football Tournament' the Forward Assist staff and volunteers are busy organising this year’s event which will take place on 29th June 2014 at The Blue Flames Sporting Centre in North Tyneside. This event is part of the N...

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Forward Assist 2014 'Veterans Debate Project' sponsored by Blu Sky Accountants

We are delighted to report that the 2014 'Veterans Debate Project' will be sponsored by Blu Sky Accountants, a local firm based in North Shields. This is the second year in a row that the firm have stepped forward to sponsor this innovative event that teaches veterans communication skills whilst g...

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Forward Assist Veterans Angling Academy take 'Launchpad' Vets Sea Fishing 2014.

Forward Assists 'Veterans Angling Academy'  'cast off'' in 2014 with three fantastic angling trips organised for veterans old and new! Ed Turnbull a highly experienced and qualified North East Angling Coach facilitated the  trips during the first month of the year and is pictured wi...

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John Hall Documentary

Click here to watch the documentary!  In 2012 at a Forward Assist ‘peer led’ support group meeting in Sunderland. Veterans  listened spellbound to an extraordinary story told by John Hall DFC (Veteran Mentor) who was a Flight Lieutenant and Lancaster bomber rear gunner dur...

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Forward Assist Veteran Makes Closing Speech At House of Lords Debate.

In the 2013 Lords Chamber Event cadets and veterans from across the UK came together to have their say on defence and remembrance from the red benches. The event was held on Friday 29 November. It was an inter-generational event involving participants aged 14-18 who were selected from th...

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Forward Assist Cook2Give Veterans Share Cookery Skills with other veterans

The Forward Assist Cook2Give team shared their new found cooking skills with veterans living at Avondale House Veterans Project in Byker on Saturday 23rd November 2013. Led by team leader Steve Jackson and under the expert supervision of Alan  from Baxter Storey Caterers the team prepared a &...

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Great War Greenhouse Renovation Project Backed by HRH Prince Charles 'Princes Foundation'

We are delighted to report that HRH Prince Charles has personally backed our plans to renovate the Grade II Listed Victorian Glasshouse within the grounds of Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland. The Princes Foundation has generously provided funding to 'kick start' the renovation project in partne...

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Forward Assist debate team Meet Baroness D' Souza in the House of Lords

Members of the Forward Assist Debate Team met with Baroness D' Souza  The Lord Speaker at the House Lords last week. The visit was the culmination of the Veterans Debate Project which took place earlier in the year in collaboration with students from Newcastle University Debating Society. The...

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Dave Anderson MP presents Veterans in Prison with Accredited Mentor Qualifications

About Turn CIC is the Trading Arm of Forward Assist Veteran Support Charity. Over the course of 12 weeks About Turn & Forward Assist in partnership with a member of staff from the Regular Forces Employment Association (RFEA) delivered an NOCN accredited  'Veteran Specific' Mentoring Trainin...

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Forward Assist Veterans in the USA (Part Eight)

On the final day of the trip Forward Assist veterans were 'Guests of Honour' at the 'Rison in The Fall' Country fair. Veterans got the chance to taste the magnificent BBQ meat dishes on offer from numerous vendors at the event. Pictured at the event Tony Wright CEO,Pete Dolan and our  Hog Hun...

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Forward Assist Veterans in the USA (Part Seven)

The Forward Assist Veterans got the chance to speak with Professional Angler and Custom Guide Trip organizer Mike Wurm before taking to the water for a days fishing. Mike advised the vets on how best to make use of the facilities at the Mountain Harbor Resort at Lake Ouachita, what type of bait to...

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Forward Assist Veterans in The USA (Part Six)

During the visit and whilst at the Mountain Harbour Resort on Lake Ouachita we were introduced to members of the Vietnam Veterans Organisation of Hot Springs.  Past President Mike Kidder and 'Skyman' Thrasher kindly organised a table at a local Blues Club for the UK veterans where a great tim...

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Forward Assist Veterans in the USA (Part Five)

Forward Assist Veterans and their American compatriots spent a wonderful few days at the luxurious condominiums at Mountain Harbor resort at Lake Ouachita . Their time was spent relaxing and fishing from Mayor Dollars Party Barge or racing around the Lake in a high performance speed boat with Jaso...

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Forward Assist Veterans in the USA (Part Four)

Forward Assist veterans were presented with the 'Arkansas Traveller Certificate' by Mark Martin the Secretary of State for Arkansas.  State Officials present the Arkansas Traveller Certificate to distinguished visitors. The Forward Assist veterans were welcomed by Joseph K. Wood (Deputy Se...

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Forward Assist Veterans in the USA (Part Three)

During our visit to Arkansas our Mountaineering Instructor, Chris Pretty gave a fantastic presentation to students at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The University has recently set up a student support group called S.A.M  (Students Affected by the Military)  Chris's presen...

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Forward Assist Veterans in the USA (Part Two)

An inter-generational team of UK and US veterans; all of whom have direct experience of Combat Operational Stress, took part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Korean war Memorial in Little Rock Arkansas USA. The wreaths were brought from the UK and laid by Forward Assist veterans during the week ...

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Forward Assist Veterans in the USA (Part One)

During a week long trip that included the opportunity to go Hog and Deer hunting in the backwoods of Arkansas six Forward Assist veterans took the opportunity to visit  a Veterans Treatment Court as guests of  presiding Judge McGowan in Little Rock, Arkansas . The veterans learnt about t...

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North East Veterans Travel to Little Rock Arkansas

Six Veterans from the North East of England are to travel to Little Rock Arkansas this weekend to to take part in the first Veterans International Exchange Programme. (VIEP) The veterans aged from 28 to 65 years and all with personal experience of PTSD and/or difficulties making the transition fro...

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Combat Stress Operate out of Forward Assist Office Space

Combat Stress the Charity currently offer appointments and outreach sessions for Armed Forces Veterans at Forward Assists South Gosforth office base in Newcastle upon Tyne. Tony Smith CPN is available on an appointment based only arrangement on  Monday and Tuesday mornings to meet and assess ...

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Forward Assist Benefactor Bernard 'Dusty' Miller Passes Away

It is with sad regret that we report that Aden Veteran Bernard' Dusty' Miller passed away after a long illness in late September 2013. Dusty was a keen fisherman and his pride and joy was a small fishing boat that had laid unused in a farmers field in Northumberland following a period of serious i...

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Forward Assist & ATCIC deliver a 10 week Accredited Mentoring Course for Veterans in Custody

Forward Assist in partnership with the Regular Forces Employment Association has successfully delivered a 10 week 'Veteran Specific' Accredited Mentoring Course for veterans serving custodial sentences. The course which is accredited with the OCNNER was described as a  great success by Steve ...

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Blakemore Wholesale Donate £250.00 from Charity Golf Day to Forward Assist

Tony Murray (Aden Veteran) kindly donated £250.00 from the 'Blakemore Wholesale Company' Charity Golf Day. Blakemore Wholesale have recently taken over Lowries who have in the past supported the Forward Assist annual Veterans Football Tournament. Tony Wright Chief Executive of Forward Assist said...

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Forward Assist 'Mountain Climbing Cadre' Tackle Classic Climbs

Over the course of a sunny weekend five members of the Forward Assist Mountain Climbing Cadre honed their recently acquired skills by tackling some of the classic rock climbing routes at Simonside and Crag Lough. The cliffs are all located within the  Northumberland National Park which is an ar...

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R.W Mann Trust funds Forward Assist Veterans Visit to the National Arboretum

The R.W Mann Trust funded a trip to the National Arboretum Remembrance Centre for thirteen Forward Assist Veterans in September 2013 . The veterans who were aged from 28-90 years had an early start and travelled down by mini bus stopping for lunch and refreshments on the way.On board soft drinks w...

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Unemployed Veterans get 'Mentoring Support' from Operation Fitness

Forward Assist has joined forces with outdoor fitness company Operation Fitness. John and Gavin, both former servicemen have established an award winning business and as part of the company's Corporate Social Responsibility agenda Operation Fitness want to support veterans that have just left the fo...

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Forward Assist launch 'Citizenship Reloaded' an 8 week 'Veteran Specific' Training Course.

Forward Assist has developed a bespoke eight week training course for returning veterans called 'Citizenship Reloaded' The course will assist former service personnel make the transition from 'Soldier to Citizen' by improving awareness of the services and support available to them . Opportuni...

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Forward Assist Attend Launch of 'SORTED' Employment Support Project

Two members of the Forward Assist Senior management team were delighted to attend the launch of 'SORTED' at the Honourable Artillery Company, Armoury House, City Road in London on 23rd September 2013. The event included key note speakers such as Steve Sherry CMG OBE Chief Executive of  RBLI ,...

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Forward Assist's Trading Arm 'About Turn' gains NOCN Recognised Training Centre Status

Forward Assist are delighted to report that About Turn has gained NOCN  recognised Training Centre status. Working closely with the Open College Network North East; The National Open College Network (NOCN) offers high quality, flexible courses and training. NOCN qualifications will let v...

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Forward Assist Angling Academy funded by Sir James Knott Trust

Forward Assist are delighted to report that the Forward Assist Angling Academy has received funding from The Sir James Knott Trust  to deliver free angling sessions to armed forces veterans of all ages throughout 2013-14. The much needed funding boost will allow able-bodied and disabled veteran...

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Forward Assist Present Bespoke 'Hand Crafted' Bush Craft Knife to guest from the USA

Earlier this year, members of the recently formed Arkansas Veterans International Exchange Programme visited the UK to make arrangements for six UK veterans to travel to the USA as part of a cultural exchange. The visit will include opportunities to experience outdoor activities such as fishing and ...

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Forward Assist Veterans go Carp Fishing in France

When Tony Wright, Chief Executive received the offer of a week at a 30 bed  Farmhouse in France via Trustee Colin Back ,everyone agreed it was too good an offer to miss and the office volunteers started looking at the logistics of getting 12 people to Limousin in the French Lake District. ...

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Veterans International Exchange Programme

The Veterans International  Exchange Programme took another giant step step forward this week with flights to and from America being generously provided by United Airlines. Additional support, both financially and 'in kind' has kindly been provided by SAGE (UK) LTD & CH2M HILL, thus enabl...

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'Convergys' staff raise £150 for Forward Assist 'B Company'

Convergys staff at Quorum Business Park have kindly raised £150 so that the veterans at  Forward Assist can continue to learn the art of urban bee keeping. Forward Assist bought a bee hive and  the necessary specialist equipment needed to keep bees after receiving a grant from The Lily ...

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Veteran 'Boat Renovation Project' Sponsored by International Paints

Former Northumberland Fusilier and Aden veteran Dusty Miller has kindly donated his much loved fishing boat to the veterans accessing the support of Forward Assist. Steve Jackson is coordinating the restoration project and volunteers for Forward Assist in his spare time. Steve and Dusty served tog...

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Dave Anderson MP & Forward Assist host Veteran Treatment Court Seminar in the House of Commons

Dave Anderson MP hosted a seminar in the Houses of Parliament to welcome  a group of  esteemed guests and experts from Little Rock Arkansas. In 2011 Tony Wright CEO of Forward Assist visited Little Rock as part of a research project funded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. During ...

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Horse Back UK invite Forward Assist Vets back to assist Training staff

In June 2013 Veterans from Forward Assist attended a week long equine therapy course in Scotland  with HorseBack UK. This was the eighth time Forward Assist veterans have availed themselves of the unique week long residential experience. During the course of the week the veterans went fly fis...

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Interview with Lord Beecham for USA Documentary

Lord Beecham agreed to be filmed by a US film crew as part of a documentary looking at Forward Assist's involvement in the development of an International Veterans Exchange Programme. Forward Assist are campaigning to pilot a Veterans Treatment Court in the North East of England and Lord Beecham i...

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Veterans Learn how to climb at Newcastle Climbing Centre

Four veterans accessing the support of Forward Assist have started to learn the 'art of rock climbing' under the expert tuition of staff from Newcastle Climbing Centre in Byker. The thirteen week course and additional 'outdoor' climbing expeditions are delivered under the expert supervision of exp...

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Readman Family Foundation funds project for 'Elderly Veterans'

In July five veterans involved in the Forward Assist 'Cook2Give' project cooked a free three course nutritious meal for five elderly veterans at St Andrews Church Cafe in Newcastle City Centre. The Project funded by the Readman Family Foundation enables veterans that have graduated from from the 8 w...

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The Big Lottery Reaching Communities Grant Fund

Forward Assist are delighted to report that About Turn CIC the Charities 'Not for Profit' Social Enterprise has been awarded £287,548. to continue and indeed expand its work with North East Veterans struggling with the transition form military service to civilian life. Tony Wright Founder and ...

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Forward Assist Sponsored Abseil 2013

Our sponsored abseil from the top of the Vermont Hotel in Newcastle was a fantastic success with brave participants raising  £1,090 for Forward Assist and its activities.The abseil was organised by Mobex North East and as well as raising funds for its charitable objectives it also allows our...

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Cook2Give Project supported by Baxter Storey & Sage

In July the Veterans 'Cook2Give' project was given a financial boost by Baxter Storey Managing Director Allan Dyer. Over the last 18 months Baxter Storey catering staff have given up their free time to teach a cohort of veterans cookery skills at the kitchen facilities at Sage Headquarters at North ...

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The Veterans Challenge Football Tournament 2013

The Veterans Challenge Football Tournament took place on 30th June 2013 to celebrate Armed Forces Day. Funded by a grant from the MOD Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant scheme sixteen teams took part and several teams were made up of former service personnel now working in diverse settings such...

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Forward Assist Campaign for Veterans Treatment Courts

Forward Assist in partnership with its ' Not for Profit' Social Enterprise About Turn CIC collaborated with Newcastle City Council to host a seminar in Newcastle upon Tyne to explore the possibility of adapting the'Veteran Treatment Court' model that is currently in place within the Criminal Justi...

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John Hall DFC

On 19th May 2013 John Hall DFC was guest of honour at the Sunderland V Southampton game. Sunderland born John, was part of the Forward Assist UK/USA Veterans Exchange Programme and was invited to the game by Ellis Short owner of the club. John had a great day and thoroughly enjoyed the three cours...

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The Veterans Debate

Over the course of 8 weeks Students from Newcastle University Debating Society taught a team of eight veterans the basics techniques and rules of British Parliamentory debate. Because of the style's origins in British parliamentary procedure, the two sides are called the Government ...

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Cairngorms Hillwalk

The Trip On a cold friday morning in March 2013 at our Veterans Headquarters in South Gosforth eleven hardy veterans set off for a weekend of Angling and Hill Walking in the Highlands of Scotland. During weekly group sessions facilitated by Forward Assist in Northumberland the veterans had ...

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Mission accomplished
'Field of Dreams' Starbucks Project
Veterans and Homelessness Documentary
Veterans and Mental Health Documentary
North East veterans' project to teach ex-soldiers new skills
On Rocks in France
Forward Assist teams up with the Sunderland AFC Foundation
Equipped Magazine Article
Tony Wright's interview - why I set up Armed Forces Charity Forward Assist
Armed Forces Day Veterans Football Tournament
John Hall DFC Forward Assist Mentor makes The Sunday Post
Ex-service personnel harvest new start
British Soldiers Dumped On Scrapheap
A Veteran Performance
Ex-soldiers cooking up a storm

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Dave Gibson (Trustee)
Canon Glyn Evans (Trustee)
Brian Hegarty (Trustee)
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