Veteran's Network Day

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Liberty Stadium

19th July 2019

11:00 - 16:00

The event is an open day inviting all retired and ex-armed services to come along, talk face to face with organisations, listen to fantastic guest speakers, get legal advice from Hugh James, find out about job opportunities, get general advice, help and information on what you need and connect with other veterans.

10am - 11am Exhibitor Networking

11am - Doors Open

11am: Guest Speaker - Simon Ellis

Simon heads up the Military Department at Hugh James, advising and assisting current and former military personnel with various health conditions and injuries.

The legal team will be at hand all day for advice, support and to answer any questions you have.

11.15am: Guest Speaker - Lindsey Sharratt

Lindsey is a motivational speaker. She's currently studying for a research PhD on identity and mental health and works as an identity consultant, helping people with issues around self-esteem and confidence. She specialises in identity loss and transition, helping people who have been through experiences that have challenged their sense of self and supporting them in rebuilding their lives and creating positive outcomes. Lindsey’s work is designed to work for many different groups going through extreme life changes, including veterans leaving service, inmates leaving prison, young people leaving care and retiring athletes.

Lindsey will be talking about how identity loss happens, Identity transition – moving from one identity to another after significant life changes, Components of identity loss in leaving service, and Identity transition – creating positive outcomes following move from armed forces to civilian life

11.45am: Guest Speaker - Victoria Williams

Victoria Williams is the Clinical Lead in Veterans NHS Wales in Swansea Bay University Health Board, having worked in the service since 2011. She is a military mental health specialist and is committed to ensuring veterans have access to services and treatments which are safe, effective, efficient and relevant.

Veterans' NHS Wales is a specialised, priority service for individuals who have served in the Armed Forces, at any time in their lives and who are experiencing mental health difficulties related specifically to their military service.

Each Local Health Board (LHB) has appointed an experienced clinician as a Veteran Therapist (VT) with an interest or experience of military (mental) health problems. The VT will accept referrals from health care staff, GPs, veteran charities and self-referrals from ex-service personnel. They can access via the website: https://www.veteranswales.co.uk/ where you will find access to an online referral form or email: SBU.veterans@wales.nhs.uk for more details.

12.30pm:Guest Speaker - Natalie McCombe

Natalie McCombe is an employability consultant for The Poppy Factory, a national armed forces charity who support veterans with health issues back into employment. They provide an individualised and bespoke face to face service, meeting veterans in the community and tailor support for their needs. They offer the full remit of employability support – support around CVs, job searching, job applications, interview preparation, in work support and effective signposting to other organisations if other areas of need are identified.

Natalie will be talking about The Poppy Factory and joined by some of her clients to talk about their experiences

1.15pm:Guest Speaker - Paul 'Tug' Hartley

Paul is a famous British Army medic whose bravery was depicted in an award-winning war movie. Corporal Paul 'Tug' Hartley, 37, saved the lives of three horribly wounded comrades trapped in a Taliban minefield.

His valiant attempts to treat them featured in Kajaki: The True Story, which won a Bafta award for its portrayal of one of the most dramatic and bloody incidents of Britain's war in Afghanistan.

2pm:Guest Speaker - Norman McGuigan

Norman runs the charity 'Minds At War', which is all self funded. He travels the whole of Britain to offer support to Veterans. The charity aims to assist, support and guide all members of the Armed Forces community and families. This is within mental health, housing, financial, benefits, along with a plethora more.

Minds at War are suicide interventionists and are backed with a mental health team.

2.30pm:Guest Speaker - Mal Emerson

Mal set up and runs Bulldogs Boxing in Port Talbot. The Bulldogs use the power of Boxing to involve, educate and inspire young people and their families across the through a broad a 5 Pillar Personal Development Programme. The Bulldogs Boxing & Community Development Centre is inspirational, motivating and extraordinary from the moment you enter. It has been designed to create ‘Champions in the Ring and Champions in our Community’. It is a Centre of Opportunity and brings people together to make an outstanding and lasting difference to local people’s lives. It is the first of its kind in Wales and is a member of the prestigous Fight for Peace Global Alumni Parthership

3.15pm:Guest Speaker - Sean Molino

Sean Molino BCA is a former Physical Training Instructor that served within the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, he is now the Director of the Multi Award winning Forces Fitness Ltd and Founder of the Veterans Awards. This month Sean was invited to the Palace of Westminster to be Awarded a British Citizenship Awards for his contribution to the Health and awarded a medal and now has the nominal letters BCA after his name. Sean delivered sessions to over 4,000 pupils within schools in Wales free of charge to help them understand how to maintain a healthy body and healthy mind - He firmly believes that Positivity breeds Positivity!

Sean will be sharing his postivity around the room, and inspiring us with the story of his transition from the Military to becoming Director of Forces Fitness and Founder of the Veterans Awards. He'll also give top tips in how to deal with failure, becoming successful in business and in life.

4pm - Event finishes


On the day, we'll have a whole host of organisations!

Hugh James
Minds At War
Poppy Factory
British Legion
Cais and Change Step
Veterans Club
JCP Employer and Partnership Team
Veterans NHS Wales
Forces Fitness
Gower Gas and Oil
Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club
Wellbeing Through Work
Armed Forces Bikers
Mabway Ltd
Care After Combat
Communities For Work Plus NPT
Woodies Lodge
Porthcawl Veterans Hub
Communities For Work/ Swansea Working
Leonard Cheshire
Links Combined Forces
Blind Veterans
Help For Heroes
SB NHS Trust / Tonna Resource Centre Neath
Veteran's Gateway
Royal Airforce Benevolent Fund
Royal Navy Association
Royal Navy Reserve
Fieldbay ltd
FSD Training
Snowdrop Independent Living
Action On Hearing Loss Charity
Logistics Army Reserves
Models For Heroes Charity
Naval and Military Bible Society
Caerau Mens Shed
Veteran's Welfare Service
Commercial Operator Training Solutions
G I Limey
Therapies 4 Services
Knights Brown
Shelter Cymru
LBS Builders Merchants
SW Design and Print
Better Jobs, Better Futures, Gower College Swansea
Careers Wales
EFT Consults
FSD Training
Utility Warehouse
Buckingham Group
Oakhouse Foods
South Wales Police

Legal Advice

If you're looking for advice and help, Hugh James has an expert team of specialists in military claims. They can help military service personnel get their everyday back by tenaciously pursuing justice and compensation for injuries due to negligence. Get in touch with the team here.

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