Together We CAN Make A Difference 2018

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This was a multi-disciplinary conference to demonstrate the work taking place across Surrey, Sussex and Kent & Medway for the Armed Forces Community.

The event showcased what has been happening across the patch to break down the barriers between organisations and highlight the achievements to meet the Armed Forces Covenant.

Col Ian Adkins, Kate Parkin, Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, and Nick LakeThe Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex was in attendance and alongside Colonel Ian Adkins, Deputy Commander for the Reserves 11 Infantry Brigade, presented Awards to Service Champions across Sussex and Kent & Medway in recognition of their work with the armed forces community.

Featured left are Colonel Ian Adkins, Kate Parkin, Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex Peter Field and Dr Nick Lake. Featured above is the Margate Taskforce accepting the Team Award from the Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex.

Presentations from the day are below:

Welcome and Introductions
Colonel Ian Adkins VR, Deputy Commander Reserve, 11 Infantry Brigade

An Inspiration…..The Use of theatre and art to tell the story
Dr David Jackson (Royal Marine) Minefield

Supporting Service Children and Their Families – Kent’s Schools Project
Angela Maxted, Headteacher, Cheriton Primary School

Surrey Young Military Carers
Carol Owttrim, Armed Forces Carers Support Coordinator, Action for Carers

Sussex Military Carers
Steve Hinton, Sussex Support and Outreach Worker (Armed Forces), The Carers Centre

Integration in Action (Proactive Intervention)
Andy Biggington, Station Manager, Lead Officer, Margate Task Force Kent Fire & Rescue Service
Jo Hirst, Social Justice Work Coach, Margate Task Force, Dept of Work & Pensions

Holistic Care
Vicki Pattenden, Clinical Nurse Specialist, London & South East TIL Service
Sergeant Andy Miller, West Division, Kent Police

Community Support in the Justice System
Detective Sergeant Andrew Nicklin, East Sussex Investigations (East Hub), Sussex Police

Reablement to Resettlement
Claire Roberts, Director of Clinical Services, Kenward Trust
Chris Thomas, Invicta Project Manager, Kenward Trust
Sean Denniss, Service User, Kenward Trust

Reablement and Empowerment in the Community
Kellie D’Arcy-Pattenden, Community Team Leader, Blind Veterans UK
Sharman Collins, Brighton Centre Social Worker, Blind Veterans UK
Alan Walker, Service User, Blind Veterans UK

NHS England Update
Richard Swarbrick, National Lead Armed Forces and Families & MoD Health Transition

Forces Connect South East and Gurkha Healthcare Toolkit Update
Kate Parkin, Director Armed Forces Community Sussex, Kent & Medway Clinical Commissioning Groups

It is planned to repeat the conference in 2019 on Tuesday 22 January 2019.