Keeping TRiM in Hampshire

What do the following have in common?  Policemen, ex-policemen, RN Nursing Officer, RN Lady Padre, ex RAMC Officer, Company Director, Security and Fitness Trainer (including really long distance cycling enthusiast!), a college tutor and the course mentor, a really looooong servicing RM Officer?  If I have missed anyone, shoot me.


They are, with the exception of a few, some obvious, ex Royal Marines, with service stretching from the 60s.  All have a close affiliation with the RMA and through it,  have progressed to be trained as TRiM for Veterans, Supervisors.


So here they were, for a long weekend in a wonderful setting, that of Amport House, Andover, home of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre, they gathered to address the skills of supervision, personal interaction and communication, problems and impact of alcohol in both a service and civilian environment and better understand what welfare services are available through agencies such as the Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB), Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmens’ Families’ Association (SSAFA), and of course the RMA.


In addition they received a brief on the current programme for TRiM within the umbrella of our RMA Welfare organisation, particularly how TRiM can enhance the profile of RMA services to veterans in the future.


Needless to say, it was all work!   Mandatory activity extended to pre-dinner refreshments, dinner (with a suggestion of wine) and the evening ‘wash-up’, topped on the final day by, you have it, a glass of port wine.  As you might imagine, lamp swinging was also mandatory.


That said, TRiM is now posed to play a significant role for those ex –Royal Marines who have difficulty in readjusting to civilian life and are encumbered by serious PTSD issues, who need help and direction to get their lives back on track, knowing they have the support from the Corps family.   It places the Corps, as always at the forefront in this arena and no doubt, other arms will follow as the need becomes more evident.


Maj Cameron March MBE