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Mission accomplished

Ex-forces personnel and members of Northumbria University's debating society take up cause of veterans struggling to get back into civilian life. It was a case of ‘mission accomplished’ for a group of North East military veterans who went to Westminster to win backing for measures to rein...

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'Field of Dreams' Starbucks Project

Forward Assist and Starbucks have teamed up to create the fantastic initiative 'Field of dreams'. ...

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Veterans and Homelessness Documentary

Colin and Simon from Forward Assist discuss Veterans and Homelessness on the show 'Straight Talking'. ...

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Veterans and Mental Health Documentary

Colin and Simon from Forward Assist discuss Veterans and Mental Health  on the show 'Straight Talking'. ...

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North East veterans' project to teach ex-soldiers new skills

Charity Forward Assist teamed up with Northumbria University Debating Society to boost veterans’ confidence through a seven week debating course ...

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On Rocks in France

Precious diamonds lay scattered over the stony ground. To the untrained eye they looked like pebbles. They were so common in a place called Marange, in the bush of Zimbabwe in 2005, that local children were using them in their catapults to shoot birds. Unaware it was the world’s richest diamond fi...

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Forward Assist teams up with the Sunderland AFC Foundation

The Sunderland-based Foundation of Light has teamed up with veterans’ charity Forward Assist to provide opportunities helping those leaving the armed forces… ...

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Equipped Magazine Article

A recent article published in 'Equipped' Magazine. ...

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Tony Wright's interview - why I set up Armed Forces Charity Forward Assist

During this interview Tony Wright CEO explains to features Editor Mike Kelly (of The Newcastle Journal) why we need a different approach to engage Veterans as they struggle to make the transition back to civilian life after active service. ...

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Armed Forces Day Veterans Football Tournament

On a hot summers day in June 2013 sixteen football teams made up of serving Armed Forces personnel,veterans and teams from the business community took to the sports fields of North Tyneside to celebrate Armed Forces Day. Read all about it in this report...... ...

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John Hall DFC Forward Assist Mentor makes The Sunday Post

John Hall DFC from Sunderland is featured in an interesting article in The Sunday Post. John aged 93 years, regularly gives his time and shares his wisdom with younger veterans accessing the support of Forward Assist. John is pictured at Sunderland Football club with the Black Cats 'Three Legends'...

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Ex-service personnel harvest new start

For a group of ex-servicemen and women struggling to adapt to life on Civvy Street, their community allotment at Seaton Delaval Hall is harvesting rich rewards different to the normal fruit and vegetables. Sadie Parker of the National Trust has the details. Pale mid-morning sunshine is illuminatin...

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British Soldiers Dumped On Scrapheap

'I went from dancing with the Queen to sleeping rough': The heroes dumped on the scrapheap after leaving army.' The Falklands conflict claimed 255 British lives but in the 30 years since 378 veterans of that war have taken their own lives standing smartly to attention in bearskin and bright red ja...

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A Veteran Performance

In 2011 I was lucky enough to be the recipient of a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust travelling fellowship, which enabled me to travel to the USA for a six-week period to study services available to ex-service personnel who had slipped through the welfare safety net. I wanted to learn from the vet...

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Ex-soldiers cooking up a storm

They leave the Forces alone and haunted by the memories of war, but now a group of veterans are getting their lives back on track by occupying the kitchen. Forward Assist, a support group for vulnerable ex-servicemen, has taught its veterans how to cook and develop the basic skills they need to...

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Articles

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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