Mental Health First Aid Course for the Armed Services Community
Saturday and Sunday 17/18 March 2018
The tutor is Doctor Richard Castle. Please see page entitled MHFA Course.
‘We’ll meet again’
Thursday 29 March 2018
A look back to 31 March 2011 when STG held their 1st Workshop in the fantastic setting of Lydiard Park Conference Centre. The centre’s delightful historic rooms overlook Lydiard Park and the lake. The friendly staff members provide delicious food and the best coffee in the county.
Please join STG from 1330 to 1600 hrs for tea, coffee and scones with jam and cream. Cost £10 per person.
There will also be an opportunity to walk around the historic walled garden and visit the house.
Download the programme from that historic day below.
STG’s 4th Annual Draw
Thursday 19 April 2018 at Swindon Basepoint
Please join members of STG for our annual draw in Basepoint’s “breakout area”. Prizes include Sunday Lunch for two at the Swindon Marriott Hotel. Cost per ticket is £2-50. Thank you toBasepoint for sponsoring the event with tea, coffee, and biscuits.
The 9th Annual STG Conference
Friday 5 October 2018 0915 to 1700 hrs at the Swindon Marriott Hotel.
The theme of this year’s Conference will be 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:
1 Early Days - Shellshock
2 Struggle to establish PTSD as a condition
3 The move towards Holistic Psychiatry, the link between inflammation and psychiatry and the birth of psycho immunology
Cost per attendee £35 which includes free parking, tea, coffee and sandwich buffet. Cost for STG members is £20. Further details to follow.
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.
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.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
Check out the new links added to the STG links page.
Site Updated: 11th March 2018