April 2017


April turned into our busiest month so far with the veterans Cook2Give team smashing their previous year’s target by cooking over 800 free nutritious meals this year alone! Outstand-ing. The Horticulture team and volunteers has prepared the land and the overwintering on-ions and garlic are in good health with one plot dedicated solely to potatoes in anticipation of demand from the Cook2Give Team.
The Forward Assist Coffee Truck is ready for business... more

March 2017


Another busy month for Team Forward Assist at the Veterans HQ. The Veterans allotment is looking good with a host of vegetables planted for a harvest later in the year. Bike Dr Dave continues to facilitate regular cycling sessions specifically for veterans and this programme will run throughout 2017. Sarah Lattaway head-ed to London to be one of the speakers at the Enriching Diversity Conference sharing the stage... more

February 2017


The month of February started with a visit to Derby University to discuss and explore research opportunities with Forward Assist. Watch this space!
The Cook2Give Team travelled to Catterick again to get expert tuition from staff at the Artisan Bakery. This month they came home with wonderful Pies & Pastries. The skills gained will... more

January 2017


Team Forward Assist returned to work after a well earned festive break. The Team started the year with a ‘coffee fuelled’ strategy meeting with motivational life coach Polly Brennan from Adventurous Coaching. The Team left the meeting ready to take on the new challenges and opportunities... more

December 2016


It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… and with the Festive Spirit running like a golden thread through our monthly activities we wasted no time in donating a ‘Christmas Goodies Hamper’ to the Pre-School Children at the John Willie Sams Centre... more

November 2016


November proved to be another busy month for Team Forward Assist. We travelled down to London to celebrate our fantastic Year of Community Benefit Projects funded by Marsh Insurance... more

October 2016

It’s getting cold up North …but Team Forward Assist took a group of veterans suffering from PTSD and social isolation on a week-long residential ‘Rest & Recuperation’ break to Limoges in France... more

September 2016


Autumn brought with it the start of our Marsh funded collaboration with Helen McCardle Care & Tees Valley Arts. Sarah Lattaway led a project that incorporated creative writing, portrait photography and group work... more


August 2016

Forward Assist delivered an arts project in partnership with Helen McArdle Care Homes and Tees Valley Arts. The project enabled the armed forces veterans in the Care home to reminisce and regale each other of their exploits and time spent in the armed forces. Part of the project entailed each veteran being photographed professionally by Ian Forsyth of Tees Valley Arts... more

July 2016

A special extended ‘Cook2Give’ was held this month to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme which utilised resources in the Somme 100 toolkit made available by The Royal British Legion... more

June 2016

Forward Assist needed to run like a ‘well-oiled machine’ to make June a success and the Team certainly rose to the challenge.
In association with North Tyneside Council’s Active North Tyneside initiative, Forward Assist are now funding archery sessions and tuition for veterans at the John Willie Sams Centre. Archery is a sport which appeals to all levels of physical ability but still requires high levels of concentration and a steady hand... more

May 2016

This month began with Boxing for the Brave, a white collar fundraiser for Forward Assist in partnership with Sunderland AFC’s Foundation of Light. A team of 19 competitors, 6 of those veterans, completed 12-weeks arduous fitness and boxing training under the tuition of Sunderland amateur boxing legend, Karl Duke, to prepare them for the main event at the Rainton Meadows Arena on Friday 6 May... more


April 2016

April began with the introduction of our minibus ‘Tommy’, to Forward Assist patron, Dave Anderson MP (Blaydon constituency)... more

March 2016

March proved to be very exciting and fast paced for Forward Assist. The exploration of new ventures with like-minded and complimentary organisations, the completion of the graphics to our minibus, and another veteran into employment with Starbucks through our ‘Mission Employable’ program... more

February 2016

February began by saying a fond farewell to Steve Jackson as he made the decision to retire. Steve began working with Tony as a volunteer for About Turn CIC in 2008. When Forward Assist was created in 2013, Steve took on the role of Office Manager... more

January 2016

A happy New Year to all of our supporters from all at Forward Assist! We hope you will join us for an action packed 2016?
‘Team Forward Assist’ started 2016 as we intend to go on throughout the year with lots of new projects and the continuation of others... more

December 2015

They say that December 2015 has been the mildest since records began! Just as well as it’s been a jam-packed ‘Red Hot’ 2015 for Team Forward Assist! However it has allowed the team the chance to reflect on our achievements and the challenges ahead supporting military veterans and their families!...


November 2015 was a memorable milestone for everyone involved with Forward Assist. We started by welcoming Sarah Lattaway to the ‘Team’ to take on the role of Education, Training & Employment Coordinator recently vacated by Neil Tully as he moved into a Business Development role...


October began at the dizzying heights of 15000 ft! Local veteran, Phil Logan put his abilities and nerves to the test with a sponsored tandem skydive to raise funds for Forward Assist. Phil was looked after by the guys at Peterlee Parachute Centre (owned by two former servicemen) on a glorious autumnal day with clear blue skies...



In good military fashion, we hit the ground running in September. Office Manager, Steve, was seconded to Walking with The Wounded to drive one of the support vehicles during their ‘Walk of Britain’...


We were ‘spinning more than a few plates’ this August! A lot of staff time went into preparing for upcoming events in September and beyond. Our sport and fitness events are becoming increasingly popular and the requests for our veteran led ‘community benefit’ projects has gone through the roof...

JULY 2015

July saw another busy month for ‘Team Forward Assist’ which included European and Trans Atlantic travel. Simon and Pat completed the Ride of Remembrance with Sunderland Foundation of Light travelling 320 miles from Brussels to Paris on bicycles in 4 days to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of World War Two...

JUNE 2015

June 2015 was another ‘action packed’ month for ‘Team Forward Assist’. Simon Kristiansen has made links with Newcastle Fencing Club and we have made plans to expand the variety of sporting activities on offer to the veterans that access our service...

MAY 2015

May 2015 proved to be an action packed month with four of Simon Kristiansen’s Team of Veterans gaining their Level 1 Football Coaching qualifications thanks to the support of an individual donation...

APRIL 2015

April 2015 saw the Forward Assist Staff Team involved in a host of community based activities. Steve Jackson our Office Manager, facilitated a trip to The Arboretum Memorial as part of his weekly contact with 95 year old John Hall DFC...

MARCH 2015

Vera Baird QC, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner awarded Forward Assist funding to facilitate two ‘Veteran Led’ diversionary activity days for disengaged young people in the North East...


On Monday 2nd February 2015 members of the Forward Assist Debating Team, volunteers and students from the Northumbria University Debating Society travelled to London, courtesy of East Coast Trains and spent the night at the Union Jack Club; generously paid for by William Hill PLC...



Last year Forward Assist contacted Ria Wilkinson, President of Northumbria University Debating Society, and asked if she would teach a group of veterans debating skills. Thankfully she agreed a 12 week program, culminating in a final debate based on a topical First World War subject...