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  • Developing a Digital App to improve socket fit

    Developing a Digital App to improve socket fit
    5 July 2023

    Introduction: The goal of the research is to develop a digital app that facilitates communication between veterans with lower limb loss and prosthetic rehabilitation clinicians regarding socket comfort and fit. Why You've Been Invited: Your experience as a veteran with a lower limb amputation and prosthetic limb use makes you an ideal candidate for this study. However, participation is entirely voluntary, and you are under no obligation to take part. The research team is available t

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  • Storytelling programme to launch

    20 June 2023

    Blesma is launching a Storytelling and Wellbeing programme to build on the success of Making Generation R. The project, which is due to start in the autumn 2023, will feature online and in-person workshops with professional storytellers. The Drive Project will deliver the workshops, which are designed to help Members and their families build confidence and promote good mental wellbeing. "The workshops will provide Members with opportunities to connect with other Members to share experiences, learn from one another and be creative. The programme will also offer an opportunity

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  • After Kevin Barnes had his leg amputated he fancied rekindling an old hobby

    Kevin Barnes
    9 June 2023

    Kevin Barnes, 66, served in the Royal Navy for 17 years. His right leg was amputated two-and-a-half years ago as a result of circulation problems. A keen pigeon racer in his younger days, Kevin has recently rekindled his passion for the activity thanks to a grant from Blesma... Tell us about your military career… I grew up in Birkenhead and joined the Royal Navy in 1972. I was 15 years old. My grandfather, father and brothers had all served, and I needed a proper job. After my training, I worked on nuclear submarines and wa

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  • New Research: Understanding how you use assisted technology in your everyday life

    Office Of Veterans Affairs
    24 May 2023

    Calling all Members and their families! Do you use a wheelchair, scooter or hand cycle? If so, we want to hear from you to inform a new piece of research. This Office for Veterans Affairs funded research project wants to find out from you about your everyday living experiences with assistive technologies. In particular, we want to understand the effectiveness of different assistive technologies used by veterans who are wheelchair/EVP-users. What will taking part involved? You are

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