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100 Years of Veterans' Mental Health - A History of Combat Stress
The founders of Combat Stress believed that veterans could be helped to cope with their mental health problems through rehabilitation. They began fundraising to introduce residential homes where veterans could live and work, helping them to start rebuilding their lives. Over time Combat Stress developed its services, evolving to meet the changing needs of veterans. Today the charity receives more than 2,000 new referrals each year and provides a range of free services at their treatment centres and through regional community teams.
Mapping Memories: Reminiscence with Ethnic Minority Elders (edited by Pam Schweitzer)
Mapping Memories opens a window to the lives of ethnic minority elders in Britain. life stories were collected from a small area of South East London, but they take us across the world from the Caribbean to Africa, India, China and beyond - reminding us what a rich and under-used asset Britain has with this cultural patchwork
Never Had It So Good (an autobiographical book by local author Diana Cordwell)
"It was the decade between the War Years and the 'Swinging Sixties'. A somewhat neglected decade lacking an identity. It was the decade the then Prime Minister Harold MacMillan told the party faithful at the 1957 Tory party Conference that 'Britons have never had it so good.' It was the decade I was born, and it seemed pretty good to me. I was born halfway through the 20th century - December 20th, 1950. This decade was my childhood. Here is that story" - Diana Cordwell.
Our Lovely Hops: Memories of hop-picking in Kent (edited by Pam Schweitzer)
"If you haven't been hopping, you haven't lived!" this was the general response of pensioners from the London Area whose memories we sought for this publication. the vast majority look back on their childhood and adult hopping experience with enormous pleasure, and continue to miss those September trips which for many were the highlight of the year.
Goodnight Children Everywhere: Memories of Evacuation in World War II
In September 1939 hundreds of thousands of children, wearing name tags and carrying gas masks, marched away from their schools, boarded trains, buses and even boats to set off for new lives in faraway places. Goodnight children everywhere contains eighty people's memories photographs and letters chronicling their experiences of evacuation. their stories are touching and amusing, recapturing the pathos of being separated from one's family and friends in a country at war.