Swindon Trauma Group
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The 9th Annual STG Conference - Another Sucess!

The Conference took place on Friday 5 October 2018 at the Swindon Marriott Hotel.

The theme of this year’s Conference was the 100th Anniversary of the RAF and a hundred years of psychiatry from Pavlov and Skinner to Beck.  Also looking at the first Century of Psychiatry in the military.  

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A Summary of Swindon Trauma Group Activities over last year 2017 to 2018

Support from Across the Pond and from British Charities

Over the last year STG members have appreciated support from some excellent USA charities ranging from support for Veterans requiring mortgage advice to dealing with various addictions. Interest from British charities involved with addictions and service charities remains encouraging.

Around 150 -200 visits per week to this website have been recorded from around the globe including Great Britain, the USA and China.

Concerning charities requesting entry on STG website please see Links page.


STG members continue “meet and greets” at various venues in Swindon for a chat and a cuppa.


On Saturday 29 April we had bag packing and information hub at Asda West Swindon. Jan Kilby (Asda Community Champion) has now retired; STG thanks Jan for her enthusiastic support over the years.


On Tuesday 2 May STG was invited to Gloucester House, an excellent addictions facility in Highworth, near Swindon.  The group was particularly impressed with the decor, OT department, nice open admin department and the lovely garden with reasonable amount of space.


Presentation on Addictions , Clarendon Suite, Marsh Farm Hotel  

This was an excellent afternoon workshop.  See archive page for details of the programme.

    Feedback was very encouraging, for example:

   Thank you for such an informative day on Friday. The guys were inspirational. A great presentation from all at Gloucester House.

    A line to say how much I enjoyed Friday’s meeting, Ashley and Andy were outstanding and gave many accounts of their experiences

    Great to see you all and the work that is being done at Gloucester House.

    Excellent worthwhile workshop in pleasant surroundings, coffee as good as usual.


Swindon Half Marathon

Sunday 3 September was an inspirational day.  Sarah Church completed the half marathon in  1h 51m 46s and raised £355 for STG so that Doctor Richard Castle can run a Mental Health First Aid Course at RBL Drop In Centre this March.


SOBS Conference

On 19 September STG members were invited to a Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide Conference at the Swindon Town Football Club Heroes Lounge.  It was a very interesting day with some moving presentations in a pleasant environment.


Swindon Trauma Group 8th Annual Conference

Last year’s conference was again held at the Marriott Hotel on Friday 6 October.  It was a great success with some superb presentations reflecting on the 1st World War to how people can move on from war and tragedy. The theme started with the story of Annie Moore;

  “Her image will forever represent the millions who passed through Ellis Island in pursuit of the American Dream”

     Sarah Church presented her cheque for the MHFA course -  thank you.

    59 people attended the conference with many positive comments including.....

       What a fantastic day, thank so much, wish you and all at STG all the best

        Congratulations to the organisers on what was a great conference.

        Best STG Conference I can remember.

        Congratulations on an excellent high calibre and thought-provoking conference. Really enjoyed the conference and doughnuts.

        Congrats best STG conference so far.

        Thoroughly enjoyed conference; excellent speakers and well run.

         Fourteen attendees attended the meal in the restaurant in the Marriott in the evening which concluded a positive day in pleasant surroundings.


A Short Journey into Trauma - Presentation by local author Frank Parkinson

On Wednesday 1 November an excellent presentation took place at Swindon Central  Library to a packed audience where Frank was introduced by Leon Flower of Swindon libraries after a welcome cuppa on a cold winters  evening . Please see recommended reading and viewing for information on Frank’s book.


STG’s Christmas Dinner at Lydiard Park Conference Centre

Another excellent two course dinner at Lydiard.  Staff was very attentive with delicious Christmas pies and lovely coffee as usual. The decor was attractive and the music from the CD player put us all in the Christmas spirit.


Friday 4 January 2018 - First STG meeting of the year at Swindon Basepoint

Robert Buckland QC MP along with a member of his staff Arron presented the group with a cheque for £200. Lovely surprise with money donated from MORI.  Enjoyed a nice cuppa and with mini cakes this time - thank you Lyn and Sandra.



Another positive year for STG and the chair would like to thank STG members for all their support from Accounts to IT and to arranging the draws. Interest concerning the group has been worldwide which is encouraging as Post Trauma Stress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder remain very much the invisible injuries.

   Passing thought;

               Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

Helen Keller

ROb and Dick manning the STG information stand at ASDA West Swindon Dick and Rob on duty at our information stand at ASDA West Swindon


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Site Updated: 9th December 2018

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