Swindon Trauma Group is holding a day-long workshop on 13 June at Lydiard House Conference Centre, aiming to continue their work in educating survivors, carers and health professionals on the psychological, social and physical effects of traumatic events.
The workshop opens at 9.30am and throughout the day participants will benefit from one-to-one consultations, information about the nature of post-traumatic stress and Gulf War Syndrome, and about the different therapeutic approaches to cope with them.
In attendance will be consultant psychiatrist, PTS specialist and author, Professor Gordon Turnbull, pictured, who spent his early career at the Neuropsychiatric Centre of the RAF Hospital in Wroughton, before going on to conduct unprecedented debriefings of British prisoners of war after the first Gulf War, and of British hostages from Beirut.
Professor Turnbull will be speaking about post trauma growth, and how people can move on from traumatic experiences.
Reflecting on the after-effects of trauma, Swindon Trauma Group chairman Dick Hilling said: “It’s important to remember the traumatic events in our lives that don’t receive a lot of media attention. It’s potentially more difficult for individuals to recover from events like traffic accidents which don’t get a lot of coverage and recognition than it is from things like 7/7 which receive as lot of focus and support.”
The workshop costs £50 per person including a two course buffet lunch and afternoon tea. All proceeds after expenses will go to support the work of the Swindon Trauma Group. To register for the workshop mail: email@example.com
July meeting looks at air raids on Bath
On 5 July Swindon Trauma Group is hoping to bring together survivors and descendants of the Baedecker bombing raid on Bath during April 1942.
Having sustained the loss of German beauty spots such as Lubeck and Rostock as a result of Bomber Harris’ ruthless campaign against the Nazis in March 1942, Hitler hit back by attacking British historic cities, such as Bath, Canterbury, York, Exeter and Cowes – targets were gleaned from the Baedecker travel guide to England, hence giving the bombing campaign its name.
Lydiard Park Conference Centre is offering up to ten Baedecker survivors and relatives a free day out including lunch and tours of the house and garden to commemorate their experience 70 years ago.
If you know of anyone affected by the Bath bombing and who would like to attend the reunion mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.