THE CHARITIES THATWILL BE AT THIS YEARS WILTSHIRE ARMED FORCES AND VETERANS CELEBRATIONS?
SSAFA provides lifelong support to men and women in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army and the Royal Air Force – and their families. They also work with veterans of all ages to help them settle into life and work outside of the Forces. Local support delivered by local people, every year we help in the region of 1,000 people in Wiltshire alone.
Set up in 1885, SSAFA is the nation's oldest tri-service military charity still operating today. At the outbreak of the First World War, the Government called on SSAFA to take care of the families of soldiers going to the Front. SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity; there for them then, still here for them now.
Anyone who has served in the Forces for at least one day, and their dependants, qualify for help (details on website).
Since 1932, we have been the only Armed Forces charity that supports limbless veterans for the duration of their lives. We help all wounded servicemen and women who have lost limbs, the use of limbs or eyes, to rebuild their lives by providing rehabilitation activities and welfare support.
Blesma campaigns for our veteran’s rights and looks after individuals and their families by offering a comprehensive grants and welfare system. Rehabilitation, support, counselling and care are the four principle foundations of our organisation.
The First World War led to the birth of nearly 18,000 charities, of which around 10 exist today. Blesma is one.
Forty thousand Service men lost limbs or eyes during the First World War – and lived to return to a “land fit for heroes”. They were swiftly disillusioned. Amputation techniques were in their infancy, artificial limbs primitive and, with mass unemployment the order of the day, 90% of the nation’s war limbless could not find work.
During this period the limbless gathered together in groups determined if society would not help them, they would help themselves. So the Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association was born and grew, finally achieving national status in 1932 as the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association – Blesma.
Since it's creation Blesma has lobbied successive governments to achieve improvements in pensions, in standards of artificial limbs and in the provision of suitable motor transport and employment opportunities. Residential homes have been opened, wide ranging health and well-being services initiated, sporting activities undertaken and innovative research commissioned, all helped by the ceaseless fund-raising activities of devoted members and supporters.
Since 1932, we have been the only national Armed Forces Charity<https://blesma.org/> that supports limbless veterans for the duration of their lives. Modern medicine transforms the physical injury, but it is a complicated process to treat the emotional trauma and related lifelong health problems.
Enabling limbless veterans to lead independent and fulfilling lives.
Blesma, The Limbless Veterans aims to:
· Be relevant to every limbless veteran<https://blesma.org/about-us/those-we-have-helped/> and their family
· Be a strong advocate<https://blesma.org/about-us/representation/> on behalf of Members
· Ensure Members’ needs<https://blesma.org/how-we-help/> are met
· Draw on our history<https://blesma.org/about-us/our-history/> and heritage to build a successful future for our Members
· Be supported and cherished by Members
· Retain its position as the expert armed forces charity<https://blesma.org/> on living with limb loss
The Association has a legacy of campaigning for improved rights for military personnel - often represented by the Chief Executive.
Our Blesma Support Officers (BSOs) represent the interests of the individual Members they support. They will ensure local statutory services are delivered. They will deal with local authorities on behalf of Members. They will help a Member get the best out of prosthetic limb services - they will sort out benefits and pensions.
Our Headquarters team will represent the collective interests of the Membership at large. We have a long and proud track record in seeking and achieving improvements in the War Pension, in the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, in improvements in prosthetic services so that our Members are able to be as mobile as possible - thus able to lead independent and fulfilling lives. Representation has always been a vital part of Blesma's work.
Wiltshire Air Ambulance is a charity that has been saving lives for 27 years. We provide an essential helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) to anyone who lives, works or travels in Wiltshire and surrounding counties.
We operate up to 19 hours a day, 365 days a year.
We rely almost entirely on public donations and it costs £3.25 million a year to keep Wiltshire Air Ambulance flying, that’s £8,904 per day.
We have launched our Airbase Appeal to raise the remaining £1.25 million needed to complete the building and equipping of our new airbase at Semington, near Melksham.
Dorothy House Hospice Care
Dorothy House Hospice Care works within our community in North and West Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset and Somerset. We develop, influence and provide responsive palliative and end of life care to meet the needs of people with a life-limiting illness and to support their families and carers.
We strive to be an inspirational leader, empowering our community and encouraging future generations. Our purpose is to ensure the best end of life care is provided wherever and whenever needed and we provide compassionate care for our community, supporting people with a life-limiting illness to live well and die well.
Our Community Partnership team builds relationships across our community with groups and organisations, faith communities, charities, businesses and schools to name a few. We always enjoy meeting new partners.
If you would like to find out more about the work of the hospice and explore how you or your organisation or group can work together to the benefit of our community please contact Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org (Community Partnership Manager) or email@example.com (Community Partnership Coordinator).
Could you join our Volunteer Team?
Every year Dorothy House Hospice Care supports around 1,600 new patients with life limiting illness. We couldn’t do this without the help of over 1,000 volunteers who are involved in all areas of our work.
What you could do
Volunteers are involved in many hospice services provided directly to patients and their families as well as helping behind the scenes and in our 28 shops across Bath and North East Somerset, parts of Wiltshire and Somerset. All our current volunteering opportunities are listed on https://www.dorothyhouse.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering/
Some examples of roles that may be available include: administrators, bereavement support practitioners, day patient service volunteers, drivers, fundraisers, receptionists, complementary therapists, retail assistants, visual merchandisers and warehouse assistants.
Why volunteer with us?
If you join our volunteer team you will meet new people, boost your CV, get relevant training, learn new skills and be part of a team.
What our volunteers say:
One volunteer in our Day Patient care team commented: “Dorothy House is an amazing charity and has a fantastic team of people working for and supporting it. I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity of volunteering in day care and very proud to be associated with the team and charity.”
Background on Dorothy House:
Dorothy House Hospice Care (DHHC) was awarded an Outstanding rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in January 2017, placing it in the top 6% of adult social care providers nationally.
The Hospice is a leading, independent charity whose services are available free of charge. It provides palliative and end of life care across 700 sq miles, serving a population of 550,000 people across Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES), Wiltshire and Somerset. The Hospice offers support, advice and care from early diagnosis onwards and patients, their families or carers can be referred by their GP or other Health and Social Care professional.
Providing our services requires significant funds and for every £1 from the NHS, we have to raise £4. We do this through our fundraising work, our 28 shops and education programmes. To assist with our fundraising efforts please visit www.dorothyhouse.org.uk or call us on T: 01225 721 480.
Breakthrough Trowbridge, was formed in 2008 as a ‘Christian Charity’ to support the local homeless and destitute in our town plus the Military Veterans who occasionally come into the Centre which was opened on the 30th November 2015. We are open to all who need help no matter what creed or nationality, with a faith or without a faith; and we have the privilege and responsibility to look after them. The Churches of Trowbridge and their congregations play a large part in supporting these objectives, in the form of volunteers, financial commitment and other provision to help the promotion of the Day Centre.
We are open each Monday / Tuesday from 10.00a/m – 13.00hrs except Bank Holidays, at the Salvation Army Citadel in Castle Street Trowbridge; we are committed to feed & clothe the homeless people of Trowbridge and refer them to the various help Agencies who professionally deal with their problems.
All our Staff give their services free of charge which allows all donations to be used entirely for the benefit of the centre and our service users. We rely totally on donations from the public and the local churches.
Our forward projection
Reveals that we desperately need to have our own premises allowing us to expand the service we give, and also expand the hours we are open. Our objective is that the Homeless Day Centre would become a place of excellence where our Service Users do not feel ostracised as they so often are, where they can learn to trust others, and re-gain their lost ‘Self Worth’, - A place where the word ‘Love’ is expressed in the true meaning of the word with no strings attached.’
Rev. Barrie Dearlove.
The RBL is founded on the 4 “pillars” of Welfare, Representation, Remembrance and Comradeship and everything we do comes under those headings. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of every month in The Wesley Road Club. While it is a structured meeting all are made welcome, whether from the Service family or not; you just must want to support our ‘mission’. We work throughout the year to raise tens of thousands of pounds for the Poppy Appeal, we care for those in need and we hold and support events which raise the profile of the Service and ex-Service family. We support Remembrance Sunday at the Parade and Service in the town centre.
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust was set up in 1962 to campaign and take action to protect the natural environment. Since then the Trust has grown to become one of the UK’s leading environmental charities, working to create a sustainable future for wildlife and people. We are, moreover, the only organisation in Wiltshire which is concerned with all aspects of the environment. As a membership organisation, the Trust is committed to working with its supporters and volunteers and a full range of different partners. Our work covers the unitary authority boundaries of Swindon and Wiltshire. We are part of the UK Wildlife Trusts movement (a network of 47 local Trusts, which in total manage 2300 nature reserves and have a combined membership of over 800,000) and we also work closely with the other South West Wildlife Trusts.
The best way to become a member is to speak to one of our representatives at the Wiltshire Armed Forces event in June, or at other venues and events throughout the county. Otherwise you can sign up online here:
The Orders of St John Care Trust
The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) is one of the UK’s largest not for profit care providers for older people. There are 18 OSJCT care homes across Wiltshire, offering a wider range of care services, including specialist residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as respite and day care.
OSJCT is dedicated to delivering the highest quality, person centred care. Our underpinning Values focus on dedication to caring, empowering individuals and promoting communities. Our overriding aim is to provide care homes where people love to live and work – appreciating and respecting individuals’ dignity, need for privacy and freedom of choice.
To find out more about our homes, the services we offer and the career opportunities available, visit our website: www.osjct.co.uk
Warminster Military Wives Choir
It was formed following the success of ‘The Choir: Military Wives’
television programme in which Gareth Malone arrived at bases in
Plymouth and Chivenor while the UK Forces stationed there were
deployed in Afghanistan. There are now 75 choirs worldwide that
provide a community for the Wives, Mothers and Daughters. Our
ethos ‘Stronger Together’ is shown through the friendships and
support that we show to each other.
Warminster Military Wives Choir has been afforded some great
opportunities. We performed at the Closing Ceremony of the Invictus
Games in 2014. During 2016, as well as supporting our local
community we were fortunate enough to perform with Lulu during
her tour, we sang at the Welsh Proms at St David’s Hall in Cardiff. We
also recorded 2 tracks on our recent Christmas Album, ‘Home For
Christmas’ which reached No2 in the Classical Charts. We are looking
forward to 2017 and especially Armed Forces Day, which we love to
support and are thrilled to have been asked to sing at again.
Steeple Rocks Choir
Steeple Rocks Choir Steeple Rocks Choir, launched in Steeple Ashton with singers of all abilities in 2012, now has more than 65 members from the Trowbridge/Warminster area. We don't all turn up every time, but there are enough of us to ensure we have good, strong well attended rehearsals and performances. We sing Pop and Rock songs with a little Gospel thrown into the mix. We meet every Monday evening in the beautiful surroundings of The White Horse Country Park just outside Westbury. After warming up with some breathing and singing exercises, we sing from 7.30 till 9.00 pm. Our sessions cost £5, payable each week you come.
More details from our conductor, Adrienne Hale on 01380 871890 or www.steeplerockschoir.weebly.com
Since coming together almost three years ago the friendly Songbirds have grown into a
vibrant successful choir. They perform to support local charities (raising over £1000 in 2017)
and community social events. The choir sing a wide range of songs for a short programme
or full concert. If you enjoy singing, meeting new friends and feeling good come to,
Wiltshire Rural Music, 113 Gloucester Road Trowbridge Mondays 2.00-3.30pm.
Contact:- Lorraine 07730 254122; firstname.lastname@example.org
Wessex Military Band
The Wessex Military Band started life as a youth band in 1981 in Bridport, Dorset. In 1990 the British Army invited the band to form as the voluntary band of the Army Air Corps. The band accepted and recruited experienced musicians from all over the South of England. As part of national defence cuts in 1993 the Army rationalised its regiments and disbanded the volunteer band in order to create a full time regimental band that combined several serving regimental bands. Undeterred by this, the band set out to continue its music making and reformed as the Wessex Military Band. The Ministry of Defence repaid its gratitude to the band by allowing the band to use the then recently decommissioned ‘Wessex’ regiment emblem with its distinctive Wyvern. The band has continued to flourish under Bandmaster Mr Philip Bond, who was a serving musician in the Devon and Dorset Regiment. The band and corps of drums perform at over 30 engagements each year across the South West of England as well as at international music festivals all over Europe including Germany and France in 2017 and recently made its third appearance at the Malta Military Tattoo. There is a strong base of members of all ages and abilities, ranging from absolute beginners to ex-military musicians and music professionals. If you are interested in joining the band or would like us to perform at an event e-mail email@example.com or see our website www.wessexmilitaryband.co.uk for further details.
BJ Big Band
Our aim is to provide enjoyable music for our listeners and our players.
BJ Big Band was established by Bren Jones in September 2009 and is based in Christian Malford, Wiltshire, consisting of players who have a wealth of experience playing in other musical groups from saxophone ensemble, through miltary bands and rock combos to symphony orchestra.
We are a swing band with Saxes, Trumpets, Trombones and Rhythm section, which is the same formation as Count Basie, Duke Ellington or Glenn Miller, not to mention more recent bands such as the Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, playing a variety of jazz and swing style music in the big band style.
Currently, we have almost a full band, but potential players are always encouraged to contact us as we do sometimes need to cover a part due to holidays, illness, etc. We welcome contact from players who would like to come along and have a go and can then be considered for a permanent position in the band when a vacancy arises. BJ Big Band rehearses on a Tuesday evening. To see current vacancies please look at our vacancies page.
BJ Big Band is available for charity work and special events throughout the area. If you would like to find out if we can play for your event, please see our enquiry form.
Southern Jacobites Pipe Band History
The Band was formed locally in April 2010 by a group of 7 pipers and 1 drummer. Since then the band has grown steadily; more established pipers and drummers have joined the ranks and we have other members undergoing training. Our practices are now accommodated at the Wellington Academy in Ludgershall on Tuesdays between 1930-2200.
There is a wide geographical spread within the band with current members travelling from as far afield as Salisbury, Pewsey, Westbury, Trowbridge, Amesbury, Pirbright, as well as Ludgershall, Barton Stacey and Andover.
In the time that the band has been formed it has equipped itself with a set of drums and a common day dress uniform, our chosen tartan being the Hunting Robertson (Modern). All of this has been self-funded and has required a good deal of effort to achieve. We pride ourselves on our friendly, yet professional, nature.
The Band aims are to:
- Promote Scottish and Celtic music
- Improve our individual playing and are ensemble
- Have fun whilst doing the above
Notable Performances have been :
- Massed bands with the Salisbury Royal British Legion and the Southampton Concert Wind Band to perform for a Diamond Jubilee concert
- Performance with the Chieftains at the Colston Hall in Bristol
- Performing for the Royal Irish Rangers Association Warminster Branch for St Patricks day
- Massed Pipe Band with the Scottish Gunners at The Tidworth Tattoo 2013
- Performance at Beziers in the South of France 2013
- Participation in the Malta Military Tattoo 2013
- Various local events and Carnivals
- Military Dining Out Dinners
- Supported Carlos Nunez at the Wickham festival 2015
The Berkeley Bluebirds
This popular piano and vocal duo are in their element playing anything from the wartime classics of Vera Lynn through to 1940s upbeat swinging jazz.
They are regulars at 1940s Vintage Fairs and Events such as those at Somerset & DorsetRailway, Bratton at War or Avon Valley Railway and frequently visit retirement homes where they lead sing-a-long sessions of the old classic numbers.
Noticing how audiences at Vintage events love to swing, The Berkeley Bluebirds have formed a full swing band playing popular 1930s and 40s tunes to accompany the fantastic dancers they meet at these events.
This month they are performing as a duo at Midsomer Norton a duo/trio and at Dig for Victory and as a four-piece on Saturday 24th June at The Armed Forces Day.
Stagecoach Performing Arts
Stagecoach Trowbridge and Frome is a performing arts school for 2-20 year olds and runs classes in singing, dance and drama from both The Clarendon Academy and The Selwood Academy on Saturday's in term time. Principal Freddie Underwood launched the school in 2009 and the schools now have over 200 students. Stagecoach has performed locally and nationally, including at Disneyland Paris (three times) and in the West End of London (six times). To find out more about Stagecoach, visit www.stagecoach.co.uk/trowbridgeandfrome or like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/StagecoachTrowbridgeandFrome or call 01249 714333.
Infinity dance was formed in 2012. They train on a Sunday evening from 6 -7 at the Laverton Hall, Westbury.
The team has grown from approx 10 members to a fantastic team of 30+ ages range from 5 – 16. There is a real family feel to the team with the older members helping the younger ones.
Infinity incorporate cheerleading into their dance routines to make them unique. The team entertain at fetes and other local events as well as attending approx 8 carnivals with a different theme each year. If you are interested in joining please see kirsty at any event or email kirsty:-