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 Research to improve understanding around perceptions of UK Armed Forces ex-service personnel across the general public and employers has been published (12 January 2023).  The Office of Veteran Affairs commissioned YouGov to carry out the research which will help to inform and shape communication and policy initiatives.  Previous research with the general public shows that, while top-of-mind associations with ex-service personnel are likely to be positive, many believe that service leaves people in a worse mental, physical or emotional position than when they started serving. Included in the report are the key findings and recommendations to increase visibility of existing support, provide more information and guidance for employers, challenge perceptions around mental health and target specific groups with tailored messaging. The MOD press release mentions that the majority of the general public and employers have positive views of veterans. 

 Minister for Veterans’ Affairs delivered a speech to the Veterans Trauma Network (11 January 2023)

 East Herts Council has received a bronze award as part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (19 January 2023)– Congratulations to East Herts Council on being awarded the bronze award for the support provided to the armed forces community including helping former service personnel access affordable homes and encouraging job applications from those transitioning into civilian life.  The council is also active in supporting community events which commemorate the work of the Armed Forces.  Councillor Andrew Huggins, the council’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “We are committed to supporting serving Armed Forces personnel, reservists, veterans in their families across East Herts.  We are therefore delighted to receive recognition for the work we do.”

 UK Veterans’ Survey is closing soon – Responses to the survey will help the Office for Veterans’ Affairs understand the experiences, needs and well-being of our veteran community and guide further action.  They would like to receive a wide range of views and would like to encourage as many ex-UK Armed Forces veterans and their families to share their feedback.  There is still time to complete the survey on the ONS website by 2 February and paper questionnaires by 17 February 2023.

 Free suicide prevention training to public sector frontline staff and personnel working in voluntary sector organisations in Hertfordshire.  The training, from Hertfordshire County Council and Samaritans provides an opportunity to learn how to understand risk factors, recognise signs, develop skills and engage someone in conversation.  For more information and to book your place, please visit Suicide Prevention Training.

 Veterans data from Census UK has been added to Hertfordshire County Council’s County Census 2021 Profile and District Census 2021 Profiles.  Additional data from Census 2021 about veterans is expected to be released on 3 February 2023.

LGBT Veterans independent review - The Government are holding an independent review for LGBT Veterans impacted by the ban on LGBT serving personnel. There is questionnaire and they would like to hear from those impacted by the ban, those who were involved in enforcing the ban (RMP, medical personnel) or those who witnessed the impact of the ban. You can also give your opinions on how veterans impacted by the ban can be better supported. Here is the link, please please consider completing and/or sharing widely. Thank you.

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/lgbt-veterans-independent-review/aboutsee less

  Armed Forces Local support Helpline -Armed forces local support services (pdf)

The Armed Forces Community local support helpline is a single point of contact for the Armed Forces community that has a dedicated phone number and email address. This helpline is also open to family members and carers of those serving or have served in His Majesty's Armed Forces.


As part of this commitment, Three Rivers District Council has an Armed Forces Champion - Cllr Jon Tankard

Full details for Cllr Tankard can be found by clicking on the link 

https://www.threerivers.gov.uk/councillor/jon-tankard  


Hertfordshire Heroes  - Access to the County Armed forces page can be found here.


Dates for the calendar 

2 February – Time to Talk day

7 & 8 MarchThe Annual Veterans’ Mental Health Conference and the Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre Conference at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

21 JuneReserves Day

24 JuneArmed Forces Day – please register any events on the Armed Forces Day website here.