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Martin Flint-Johnson, Armed Forces Advocate at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Martin Flint-Johnson, the Armed Forces Advocate at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, is holding another Brew Up event on Wednesday 15 May.

The Brew Up will take place between 9.30-10.30am in the new comfortable seating area of the Restaurant (location C30) at Airedale Hospital and free brews and cake are on offer.

Anyone with a military connection including patients, visitors and staff who are serving or ex-armed forces are welcome to drop by.

Martin says:

“The Brew Up is about getting together, sharing stories and giving a bit of support or advice if it’s needed, along with some forces chat.

Anyone who’s served can stop by and find some friendly faces and a bit of company. It’s also about getting to know people in the community.”

Martin started the ‘Brew Ups’ in January and now has a regular number of veterans and their families coming along to chat and support each other. Staff veterans also regularly come along from the Navy and RAF to join in and offer their support.

Martin is an ex-serviceman himself and served in the Army with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers for 10 years, on both active service and peacekeeping tours around the world. He is now in receipt of a War Disability Pension for physical ailments which occurred while serving and received support from the Hidden Wounds service for his mental health, providing him with a good understanding of the challenges some people from the Armed Forces community may experience.

Martin’s role is supported by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust and has been jointly funded by the Covenant Fund Trust and NHS England, who awarded almost £2 million in 2021 to help support our most vulnerable ex-armed forces in acute hospital settings throughout the UK.

He joined Airedale as the Armed Forces Advocate in November 2022 and works to identify and talk to ex-armed forces or serving personnel that come into the hospital, or are staff, and their immediate families, to see if there is any additional support that could help.  He has already supported over 200 people from the Armed Forces community in his first year.  Martin has also been raising the profile of the Armed Forces by training staff on veteran-specific needs to ensure that the community are supported and never disadvantaged when receiving care.

For more information, contact martin.flint-johnson@nhs.net or phone 07880 441352 or visit the Armed Forces Advocate of the Trust’s website  here.