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Reservists mobilised in support of pandemic

In March 2020, everything changed as the Covid-19 pandemic gripped the world, and as the implementation of lockdown measures began, requests for assistance were received daily. Thankfully, the Operations Team at 37th Signal Regiment, amongst others, had prepared for such requests. The Regiment was able to respond quickly, leading to the first team of five Reservists heading to London in late March.  Ths…

Acacia Training is Armed Forces friendly

Trentham-based Acacia Training receives recognition for providing exceptional support to the Armed Forces community and now holds a Bronze award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS). The company, which provides apprenticeships and work based training, earned the accolade by demonstrating through it’s culture, policies and procedures that it is ‘forces-friendly’ and is open to employing Reservists, Armed Forces veterans, cadet instructors and…

New heating system improves carbon footprint on the Defence estate

An innovative new heating system is bringing a positive environmental impact to the Defence volunteer estate in the West Midlands region. Our Association’s Estates team, whose role includes overseeing the upkeep of some 30 tri-service Reserve Centres and providing support and maintenance to 250 Cadet units on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, highlighted issues relating to the efficiencies and maintenance of the…

Coventry College launches Armed Forces Partnership

Coventry College has formed a major partnership with the Armed Forces for the first time. The city’s further education provider – which educates around 8,000 young and mature students – has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, which is a formal pledge of support to former and current personnel who have served in Great Britain’s Navy, Army, and RAF. The Covenant will see Coventry…

Covenant Trust supports 100 positive projects in Forces communities during Covid pandemic

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (the Trust) has awarded more than £859,000 to 100 projects focused on bringing our Forces communities together during the Covid-19 pandemic. With various social restrictions still in place across the county, the Trust were keen to support engaging and enjoyable projects that sought to overcome the current challenges we are all facing and deliver activities that bring…

Cadet Executive Officer – all change at Warwickshire & West Midland (South Sector) ACF

Cadet Executive Officer retires after 50 years of service The Cadet Executive Officer for Warwickshire and West Midlands South Sector Army Cadet Force (Warwickshire ACF) has retired after 50 years in uniform. Major Stephen Huyton has been the county’s Cadet Executive Officer for the past six and a half years, and now hangs up his boots to enjoy his retirement following a lengthy…

Employer Recognition Scheme revalidation awards announced

Five supportive employers across the West Midlands region have been re-awarded their Gold and Silver Awards as part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. The Employer Recognition Scheme acknowledges employers who have provided exceptional support to the Armed Forces community. The Gold and Silver Awards are reviewed every five years, and requires each organisation to resubmit an application to be considered by a…

Welcoming companies to the Armed Forces Covenant family

Since the 1st of July we are delighted to announce that the following organisations have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and are embracing a host of forces-friendly initiatives. We are so proud of the support businesses have been able to show during this particularly difficult time and thank each and every one of our Armed Forces Covenant signatories. Our ten new signees are:…

30 years of service to the ACF (and still going!)

Warwickshire & West Midlands (South Sector) Army Cadet Force’s (ACF) Deputy Commandant, Lieutenant Colonel Delroy Tucker, has marked 30 years of service with the Army Cadets.  In that time he has held a plethora of roles and appointments that have seen him influence the lives of thousands of young people and hundreds of Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAVs). His ACF career began with…