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Friday 01 December 2017

North Update

Posted by: Help For Heroes

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Updates from the East

Updates from the South

Updates from the West

Alex's update: Northern Ireland

With the countdown to Christmas on, November saw some cosy indoor events take place.

In honour of Remembrance Sunday, we crafted some lovely handmade poppy brooches we can enjoy and wear with pride year after year.

We also had the first BoB/BoS cinema trip. We met for a coffee and a catch up before being an afternoon showing of ‘Thor’. It was a great group activity and will certainly be repeated in the coming months.

It has been a momentous month for the Fellowship Photography Group as we have purchased our own photography equipment which will be used in our own homemade studio in the new year. Another highlight was the photography outing to Glenariff Forest Park with its spectacular waterfalls, followed by a cup of hot chocolate in front of a log fire.

Coming up

The photography group would like to invite you to their Christmas celebration on 7th December in Belfast. This will be a friendly and informal way to meet the photography group as they display what they have been up to since February 2017, and will hopefully inspire you to join them in the New Year. There will be plenty of mince pies on offer too.

20th December

 BoB/BoS & family ice skating


14th December

 BoB/BoS Christmas lunch


7th December

 MMNI karting

Nutts Corner race track, Crumlin

7th December

 Photography Group Celebration & Introduction


2nd and 9th December

Archery Beginners Course



What’s on?


Gerry's update: Scotland

Meet and Greets

In October there were Meet and Greets in the Military Museum Scotland, Dundee, Dunfermline, and Prestwick – a fantastic way to meet up with BoB/BoS to meet new friends and catch up!  They are well attended and great way to have a chat and a laugh with other fellowship members.  It is also a good opportunity to find out info, ask questions and get support.    

‘Articles of War’ Exhibition – Lighthouse Gallery, Glasgow

BoB/BoS were invited to a private viewing of the art works where they heard a number of the artists talk about the inspiration for their work and how art helped them in their recovery process.

Christmas Crafts Day – The Linburn Centre, Wilkieston, Lothian

14 BoB/BoS had the opportunity to create something wonderful for their loved ones at Christmas during this brilliant Christmas Crafts Day.

Monthly Drop-In Clinics   

Please note there will be no Drop-In Clinics in December!

The Drop-In’s are a great opportunity to come along and see me to discuss any support issues or get information or if you fancy just popping in for a chat and saying hello?  There will be a smile and a cup of tea or coffee!

What’s coming up:

Children’s Christmas Chocolate Making Workshop and Craft Experience

Getting Gooey Chocolates, Livingston Business Centre, Livingston

Monday 18th December 4.30pm – 6.15pm

Mobilize Movement and Mindfulness Clinic and Studio Session

Ergotronics Studio, Bridge of Allan, Stirling

Thursday 14th December 2pm – 5pm

Christmas Party (Afternoon Tea Dance) Glasgow / Ayrshire / Central / Dumfries-shire

The Coming Home Centre – Pearce Institute, Govan, Glasgow

Saturday 9th December 2pm – 4pm




Christmas Parties

If you still haven’t signed up for one of the Christmas parties please email me as soon as possible – there are spaces still available!

Please email me at,uk if you need any more information about any of the events.   Notices will be out for all of them in due course.

Harri's update: North East

We kicked off November with the loveliest get together in Alnwick Garden with some stunning cake and amazing venue up in their very own tree house. Absolutely wonderful place if you ever want to explore somewhere new.  

Our coffee morning here at Phoenix House continues to grow and grow. If you would ever like to come down to the centre to have a look around or ask any questions about how Help for Heroes can help you then that is your opportunity.

We finished off this month with our dinner (or ‘tea’ to all those northerners) in Halifax and morning coffee and cake catch up in Doncaster.

What’s coming up…

  • Saturday 9th December – Family/ Kids Christmas Party – 11am – 3pm
  • Thursday 14th December – PHRC coffee morning – 10am – 12pm
  • Tuesday 19th December – Scunthorpe get together - TBC
  • Wednesday 20th December – Hull Christmas crafts – 11am – 1pm

If you would like to attend any of the events above please get in touch on 01748 834148 or We look forward to seeing you!

Kevin's update: North West

November was great catching up with so many BoB/S over the whole of the North West. We are breaking into new areas every month in the region. Our North-West fellowship is growing each month because YOU are telling veterans about how Help for Heroes has supported you and of course the great opportunities some of you are benefitting from. THANK YOU, it really means a lot.

Please can you check your H4H portal that your phone numbers and address details are up to date.

Please store my number in your phone – Kevin Hartley 07815 506468 if you need any support.

Good luck on future offers. I am passionate about getting as many people from the North-West BoB/BoS onto events or courses.

What’s coming up in December so far:

BoB/S Manchester Christmas Dinner


13th December

Preston Drop in Clinic (Appt only)

RAF Wings centre

11th December

Liverpool Drop in Clinic (Appt only)

RBL Liverpool

6th December




If you need any more information or to sign up to any of the forthcoming events, please email me.