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CWO Forum: Returning to Civilian Life


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Date: Tue 15th Oct 2013
Location: Westminster
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Region: National
Price: £0.00


THIS FORUM WILL RUN FROM 7/7.30pm to 9pm

The CWO Forum, Returning to Civilian Life, will explore the issues faced by service personnel, families and the wider community when they leave the forces. We will look at these issues from the range of different perspectives offered by our speakers, who will help us help us to think about:

  • The government's perspective, in terms of current policy 
  • What it is like to adjust to civilian life, if one has to manage the impacts of trauma;
  • The challenges of finding work and adjusting to a different work context;
  • The challenges of being made redundant, as part of the current changes to the armed forces.


  • Mark Francois MP  - Minister of State for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans;
  • Carly Raby  - a trauma specialist;
  • Simon Brown - from the 'Band of Brothers', speaking to us on behalf of Help for Heroes;
  • Matt Sibley - an officer who has just left the Army at the end of his commission, where he was a bomb disposal expert.

We hope that this forum will help us – as friends, neighbours and as service-providers (within local authorities and healthcare) - to be more aware of the issues faced by our ex-service men and women and their families as they return to civilian life. The forum will be chaired by Cllr Claire-Louise Leyland, Deputy Chairman of the CWO and the London Borough of Camden's representative to the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association.

We also hope that thinking more about these issues more deeply could help us all to reflect upon the support that will be needed for our Reserves, their families and wider community, as the balance shifts from regular forces, to having a growing number of soldiers based in the Territorial Army.

Forum Registration - Returning to Civilian Life

Please complete ALL fields - these are required for security. Your ticket with exact location will be emailed to you a few days before the event.

Please email forums@conservativewomen.org.uk if you are subsequently unable to attend as we may be able to offer your place to someone else.

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Cllr Claire-Louise Leyland
Ex-Deputy Chairman, CWO

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