DMWS are grateful to have been awarded a fantastic grant from The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to reinstate a craft group for the Armed Forces Community in Devon. Previous group members can’t wait to start again and new members are more than welcome too!

There will be a range of creative activities to suit all ages, facilitated by our Welfare Team. The group will be fun and great way to meet others with a military background, share stories and experiences. through a broad range of creative activities. This will help support those who may be feeling lonely or isolated, and be a gateway for further support if needed.

We had a great first year of Craft and Chat and look forward to having many more local serving personnel, reservists, veterans, and their families come and enjoy crafts, friendships and support for any concerns they may have.

This grant is provided with great thanks to the AFCFT’s Force for Change programme and will support the group for one year.

Abby Dryden, Chief Executive at DMWS, says “Craft activities are a great way to bring Armed Forces communities together and reduce loneliness through therapeutic activities. We are excited to be able to continue this project in North Devon thanks to AFCFT.”

Thank you to The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust for making this possible.

If you’re based in North Devon and would like to learn more, please see the poster below for information.

Feeling lonely? Want to meet others and learn new skills? DMWS are an independent charity offering a free weekly Craft and Chat group at RMB Chivenor. Available to serving personnel, veterans and families. 
Date: Weekly starting Friday 19th April 2024
Time: 10:00-12:00
Location: The Hoof Inn, RMB Chivenor, Barnstaple, EX314AZ

How to get in contact
If you would like to know more, please contact
Gemma Derbyshire - DMWS Welfare Officer

We hope to see you there!

Logos including Armed Forces Covenant, Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force, Merchant Navy Welfare Board.

This support is made possible by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. 

St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) 
DMWS is a registered charity 1087210 (England & Wales) and SC045460 (Scotland).

Need support? 

Sometimes things can get on top of you, and it feels like nobody can help. In the military you’re trained to push on, but you don’t need to struggle alone.  

If you have worries about health, money and cost of living worries, housing, family, substance misuse, or just need someone to talk to, call DMWS’s helpline for free on 0800 999 3697.  

Our support is available for tri-service serving personnel, reservists, veterans, and family members/carers.  

Notes to Editors:

About Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS)

Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) is an independent charity providing medical welfare to those who have, and continue to, operate on the frontline. We place trained professional welfare officers in locations throughout the UK and Cyprus to deliver much-needed additional support for those who are on the clinical pathway. DMWS is committed to providing the highest level of welfare support to those in need, promoting their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

Whether it is a new or pre-existing issue, our service is for anyone undergoing treatment for a health-related issue. By providing support in a range of settings, our staff are committed to promoting and preserving the health and wellbeing of those who have dedicated their lives to serving our communities. In addition, they are committed to enabling them to reach their full potential. This can speed up discharge from hospital, help patients recover more quickly, and reduce the likelihood of readmission or the need for onward referral.

DMWS has a long and proud history of supporting the military in times of need, offering expert help and advice to those affected by health-related issues. Through its comprehensive services and outstanding dedication, DMWS has become an integral part of the armed forces community, offering invaluable support to the armed forces community at their critical time of need. 

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Published: 11th April, 2024
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