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Friday, 18 July 2014

Wolf Photography's Special Edition Prints are now Limited Editions

I've been umming and ahhhing over this decision for a while and it seems the right time to do it.

The exhibition 'Living with PTSD' has been a success in terms of raising awareness and getting the issues across to people and organisations with open ears, hearts and minds.  So it's a celebration of sorts that I'm launching myself back into the Limited Editions market. 

Questioning


I used to sell limited edition prints in Cornwall but I let those ranges slip a few years ago when I was retired on ill health.  It seemed too much work at the time but I've now set up an easier system that should allow me to do the necessary monitoring and recording.

Shades of Grey


It's been a tough year for various reasons; the exhibition work has been demanding, as has the necessary networking.  I have had to self assess continually over this period as by the time the last exhibition shows this year - the rolling exhibitions will have lasted just over a year.  It's time for some self-preservation and I feel the need to escape more into wilderness areas.

Symbol of Love


I'll continue to run 'Intimacy with Plants' alongside talks and presentations over PTSD awareness, photography, ecology and IP rights but the main exhibition - 'Living with PTSD' will have its last showing in Nottingham (please see http://wolf-photography.com/html/exhibition_schedule.html).  The project will keep using the title 'Living with PTSD'.

Intimacy with Plants 03


Anyone that has already purchased a 'Special Edition' canvas will have their automatically upgraded to a 'Limited Edition' and will be emailed with their print number.  All Limited Editions are limited to 50 copies.

For those of you wishing to purchase a print from the current exhibition at Snibston Discovery Museum and the last exhibition at Nottingham - you will be able to purchase them at the cheaper exhibition price and they will be automatically upgraded to Limited Edition Prints as a way of thanking you for supporting the project.


Final Exhibition Invite

Please remember that this is a Not-for Profit project and that funds generated will be used to allow me to continue working on my art as well as working to raise awareness of PTSD in civilians and veterans alike.

I would like to thank all of the organisations and individuals that have helped to date and I hope that you will continue to interact with the project, as the work will go on.

Regards

Villayat 'Wolf' Sunkmanitu


Saturday, 12 July 2014

#PTSD, #Isolation and #Support

There are times when we need support when it's either not available because we're not in the appropriate support pipeline or because there's no one living nearby in our limited social circles.  So what do we do?

By support needs I mean day-to-day tasks that we might need help with - eg cooking or doing something tricky in the realms of 'permitted work' where we need some guidance or a sounding board before going ahead on a certain idea or piece of work.

This support is essential to people living with chronic PTSD or any long lasting disability.

The problem is trying to find people that understand you, your disability, the task that your trying to achieve and have the time and patience to support you.  I'm lucky in that I have two people in my life that will do this for me - whether it's checking over a piece of work, a web page or a document for errors or for a reassuring voice to ensure that I'm cooking safely and turning off all my appliances afterwards.

There are also times when I may need to speak to someone and either of my friends may be unavailable and I have to rely on an organisation to help me with telephone support.

All of these avenues of communication are possible through the telephone.  You just have to make sure that you pick the right company with the right package for you.  Mine allows me to call any UK phone number for free, any time of the day.  I bought a little oven timer bell to make sure I don't go over an hour, as most companies only give you an hour free - then you have to redial the number to continue the conversation.  If you don't want a landline, there are mobile service providers that will offer you a very good package that includes free calls to any UK landline or mobile number and including free data too.  You might be able to get a good deal from these links:  http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/tv-radio/price-comparison/or http://www.uswitch.com/broadband/compare/home_phone_and_landline/ - or you can find your own links by seaching 'Google' for 'uk mobile phone call packages' or something similar.

Here are some phone numbers for support, some of them for civilians, some for Veterans and others for both.  I haven't personally used some of these organisations but feel free to share if you have had a bad experience with them.  If you’re having a bad episode or need help urgently, you may find help right now with some of the agencies below:

Support numbers
Childline runs a helpline for children and young
people in the UK. Calls are free and the number will
not show up on your phone bill. Tel 0800 1111

Domestic Violence Helpline
 If you find yourself in an emergency situation, for example, if you
are being subjected to physical violence, always call 999.
For confidential advice support and information, ring the
National helpline on 0808 200 0247.


Mind - a UK mental health charity
Lines are open 9am - 6pm, Monday - Friday
Tel 0300 123 3393, Email info@mind.org.uk
or Text: 86463
http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/a-z-mental-health/

Samaritans operate a 24-hour service available every day of
the year.  Tel 08457 90 90 90, or email jo@samaritans.org.


Ex Armed Forces specific support
Veterans UK (0808 1914 2 18) provides free advice on many
topics to all veterans and their families.  When the Veterans UK
helpline is closed callers can opt to be routed to the
Combat Stress or The Samaritans 24hrs help lines (UK only).

Combat Stress is a UK Veterans' mental health charity.
Helpline 0800 138 1619
General enquiries 01372 587 000
Email contactus@combatstress.org.uk.

SSAFA Forcesline provide confidential telephone support on a
range of services, including financial support and emotional
support. Tel 0800 731 4880.  AWOL Helpline 01380 738137.

The Royal British Legion can help you with representation as well
as some financial assitance.  They also offer a free handy person
service for those unable to do small DIY jobs in the home.
Telephone 0808 802 8080 - 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.

I know it can be hard to get from day-to-day and not many people will be able to empathise with you or understand you ... but I hope you find some support from the options above.  Alternatively, you can go to www.lwptsd.com for a larger list of support organisations.

Regards

Villayat 'Wolf' Sunkmanitu




Saturday, 5 July 2014

Council Tax reductions for people with mental and/or physical disabilities (England & Wales only)

There are two forms of discount available for disabled people:

Disabled band reduction scheme

This scheme makes sure disabled people don’t pay more Council Tax if they need:
  • a bigger property
  • to adapt their home because of their disability
The property must be the main home of at least 1 disabled person. They can be an adult or a child and don’t have to be responsible for paying the Council Tax.
The property must have 1 or more of:
  • an extra bathroom, kitchen or other room for the disabled person
  • extra space inside the property for using a wheelchair

Other Council Tax reductions

People who are severely mentally impaired and some live-in carers are exempt when working out Council Tax.  Some people living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder will qualify under the 'Severe Mental Impairment' exemption - please be aware that this isn't restricted to people with learning difficulties etc.

 To find out if you qualify, please contact your local Council Tax office via the link below, tell the officers about your circumstances and ask them if you qualify.  People living in Scotland may be entitled to an equivalent scheme - please check with your Local Authority.

https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-council-tax-discount

Good luck with your application.

Villayat 'Wolf' Sunkmanitu

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