DMWS helps to reduce veteran’s social isolation

DMWS has extended their person-centred medical welfare service to military veterans, a population which is growing and increasingly in need of our care. Our Welfare Officer Karen Daniels has supported 96 year old WW2 Veteran Paddy and connected him to a community he feels understood and safe in.Read more

DMWS elected to Cobseo Executive

DMWS is delighted to have been elected to the Confederation of Service Charities (Cobseo) Executive alongside War Widows Association and the Poppy Factory. The results were announced during the Cobseo Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 11 July 2017.Read more

Introduction of Chairman to Royal Patron

Yesterday, DMWS Chairman Allan Thomson and Deputy Chairman Mr Steve Cowden met Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex, GCVO at Buckingham Palace. The meeting forms the initial visit by Allan Thomson, our newly appointed chairman (1 March 2017) to meet HRH in her capacity as DMWS’s Royal Patron and to update her on DMWS fantastic work.Read more

Sad to see SSAFA run Norton House closing

On 28 June 2017, the SSAFA run Norton House – Selly Oak closed its doors to new guests, after being a safe haven for families of injured Armed Forces Personnel over the past 8 years. Welfare Officers from the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) were invited to the closing ceremony, having worked very closely with SSAFA to support the families at Norton House.Read more

Veteran’s 75th Wedding Anniversary Surprise

The Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) organised for the wife of a 97 year old veteran to make a surprise visit to him in a Manchester hospital to celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary.Read more

Charity CEO Nicky Murdoch recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

The Queen’s Birthday Honours list published, on 16 June 2017, on the occasion of Her Majesty’s official 91st birthday, recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people right across the United Kingdom. This year, the St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) Chief Executive Nicky Murdoch is awarded an MBE for service to the Armed Forces Community and their families.Read more

DMWS Welfare Officers support Manchester

DMWS is deeply saddened and shocked by the attack in Manchester on Monday night. Our welfare officers are providing a service over and above their usual work to help people affected by the attack. We are offering practical help and emotional support where it is needed. A listening ear to front line staff police, fire, ambulance, A&E staff who have been directly involved in attending and dealing with casualties as well as supporting the bereaved, the patients and their families.Read more

DMWS meets peers at the House of Lords reception

On May 16, together with Lord Smith of Kelvin KT CH (on behalf or Baroness Emerton DBE DL), the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) hosted a reception in the House of Lords to update key peers from Defence, Health and Policing about the organisation. In the Role of Royal Patron of DMWS Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex, GCVO attended as a key advocate of the Charity’s work.Read more

DMWS to lead Integrated Health & Wellbeing Project

The Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) is one of 10 organisations to receive funding from the Aged Veterans Fund to deliver health and wellbeing services to aged veterans, their families and carers in Herefordshire and Nottinghamshire.Read more

DMWS provides a unique service to fill the welfare gap

According to Sir James Lawrence Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales the practice of separating elderly couples against their wishes when one or both move to care homes must end (The Times, 10 May 2017). To help the aged veteran community DMWS has launched new projects to offer tailored support.Read more