Veterans at Ease, in Durham City recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2016
A voluntary group from Durham City who works in the community to help veterans overcome their traumas of war after serving their country has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
Garreth Murrell CEO, Founder and lead therapist said:
Veterans at Ease is a shining example of how a small charity can, with quiet determination make a major positive difference to so many lives that in too many cases may have come to an abrupt end. We are all rightly proud to receive this honour and recognition by Her Majesty for the work we are doing.
Veterans at Ease is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards given to groups this year is slightly higher than last year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
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Veterans at Ease is a registered charity committed to helping Veterans, Reservists, Serving Military Personnel and their Families deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other combat stress-related issues. We will help anyone who feels they need our support whether they have been diagnosed with PTSD or not.
We provide therapy and support through a technique called neuro-linguistic programming or NLP. We currently have three offices, one in Jarrow (South Tyneside), one in Durham City (County Durham) and one in Newton Aycliffe (South Durham, Tees Valley). Our therapy is provided free of charge by our trained therapists (all of whom have suffered themselves, been through treatment with Veterans at Ease and then gone on to qualify as therapy practitioners themselves).
Evidence has shown that the majority of servicemen and women do not seek help with regard to combat-related stress issues until 10 to 14 years after the event. Considering the UK’s recent military commitments in Iraq, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan, the figure for those potentially suffering from their experiences whilst on active service is substantial. Recent estimates show that as many as 90,000 people could be affected by PTSD in the North East alone.
Symptoms of PTSD include social isolation, paranoia, anger, depression, flashbacks and nightmares with the effect in some cases of suicide.
WE ARE HERE TO HELP THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED AND STILL SERVE FIND PEACE OF MIND
If you would like additional information, or believe you can benefit from our services, please feel free to contact us on 07887 493459 or E-mail us at email@example.com.
Please also help us to spread the word to support those who have served on our behalf. Consider donating or organising a fundraising event. See our ‘Ways to Give’ and ‘Volunteer’ pages for further details.
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