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Friday, 7 May 2021

Pathfinder Magazine - May Edition

C is for Childcare


Victory Services Club - Sign Up Your Spouse for Free

Did you know, if you're currently serving in the Armed Forces your VSC Membership entitles your spouse to also become a member for free?

Your Partner will have their own Membership number and card and will be able to enjoy all the Club's Membership Benefits:

Chaurari Charity Bingo - 7 May

Army Eats - Monthly Cooking Competition

The British Army EATS cooking competition aims to encourage and promote healthy eating within the Army community.

The competition is open to all serving soldiers and officers within the Army. Send us a picture of your self-cooked meal and be in with a chance of winning a prize to the value of £50 each month. Your recipe could also feature in a future cookbook to raise funds and awareness for a selected military charity.

The Army EATS cooking competition is running for 12 months from May 2021 to May 2022. Each month has a different theme and you can enter as many times as you wish. Check out the monthly themes in the competition calendar.

Whether you’re cooking in the block with limited equipment or cooking in a fully equipped household kitchen, there’s a chance to win in each category!

To find out more CLICK HERE

Mental Health Awareness Week 10th -16th May 21 – Promoting Positive Mental Wellbeing

The past 14 months has challenged humanity across the globe, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, as we have battled to overcome a virus that has spread fear and loneliness throughout our communities.
It is therefore appropriate that we should use National Mental Health Awareness Week to promote positive mental wellbeing in our “community.” On behalf of 1 (UK) Div, 11X is hosting a programme of events designed to help us engage with and develop our mental wellbeing and resilience. The presentations are open to serving personnel (Reg &Res) Service families and civilian staff. From mindfulness to animal therapies, access to wellbeing tools and taster sessions, these presentations are intended to be fun, engaging and appealing to all of us. All are welcome!

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There is no need to pre-register, just click on the link for each presentation from a personal device. The link will be live 20 minutes before each presentation starts.

Real Mums are Role Models- Photography Competition 2021

Finding inspirational images of everyday active pregnant and postnatal women is hard enough and if we add in diversity by age, race, body type, or disability to our list the challenge is nigh impossible. Instead we are deluged with sedentary images of model perfection. An art director’s view of how pregnancy is meant to be. Our competition is set to change this!

We will be giving amateur and professional photographers the opportunity to share their images of real women being active, during their pregnancy or after they’ve had their baby. This could be a mum out on a walk with her partner and kids. It could be a pregnant woman taking her wheelchair for a spin, or swimming, or running, or practicing yoga. Every woman’s ‘active’ pregnancy will be different, which is why it’s so important that we see that #RealMumsAreRoleModels

Tea & Medals: A New Podcast from Military Experts BFBS

On the 20th May, military charity and media organisation BFBS will be releasing its latest fascinating podcast, Tea & Medals, available on Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts, YouTube and bfbs.com/podcasts.

Tea & Medals follows former soldier, and BFBS video producer, Darren Coventry as he talks to men and women who’ve received the UK’s highest military honours. They describe the captivating stories behind their acts of courage, bravery and valour.We also hear from those who witnessed the incidents behind these honours, who tell the story from their perspective and paint a fascinating picture of the personalities involved. The tales are told in true military style, complete with customary armed forces humour, self-deprecation and a brew.

Episode one, titled Chris Balmforth MC, tells the story of Corporal Chris “Barney” Balmforth who was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery in Iraq. He tells how he fought off up to 10 heavily armed Iraqi terrorists and saved the lives of four of his comrades when his Land Rover was ambushed by rebels in Basra.

Darren Coventry was also there that day, serving with the Royal Military Police. He talks to Chris, his commanding officers and fellow soldiers who tell him what happened and why Chris’s incredible actions earned him the Military Cross.

Darren Coventry says: “Having served for 24 years as a regular soldier, 30 percent of which was deployed on combat Operations across the world, I knew that there were amazing stories of bravery and courage out there to be told.

“This series enabled me to meet some of the most inspiring yet humble people to have ever served in the UK Armed Forces. It was extremely rewarding.”

Tea & Medals is available on Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts, YouTube and bfbs.com/podcasts from 20th May.

For more information, please contact laura.mcturk@bfbs.com

PCMF Brunei Charity Fun 'Run For Life'

Thursday, 6 May 2021