Veterans

Windsor Academy Trust – Supporting the Armed Forces Community

The Windsor Academy Trust family is made up of 1,000 committed, inspiring and talented staff. This diverse group includes Armed Forces veterans, Reservists and staff who support the Armed Forces through various activities, such as national events and cadet organisations. One such staff member is Pete Jones, an Armed Forces veteran and teacher at Kingswinford Academy who joined the Windsor Academy Trust family…

Highlighting the benefits of veteran support services

Walk Talk Action is a not-for-profit charitable organisation that helps veterans back to a better state of mind through walking, talking and taking action towards achieving their goals. The organisation has helped over 500 people directly and hundreds more alongside, indirectly. Teri Elder, the founder of WTA, explained more about their organisation’s aims and support, saying: “We believe it is important to help…

Chamber Military Network launches Virtual Career Expo

As UK employers grapple with a shrinking talent pool, post Brexit and a global pandemic which has accelerated the talent crunch by a significant degree, business leaders across the country continue to talk of a skills shortage across most, if not all business sectors, including many trades such as manufacturing, engineering, IT, innovation, servicing, building & construction industries; the list is endless. A…

Two new signees welcomed at Mission Motorsport event

Staff from our Association joined many other exhibitors at Mission Motorsport’s recent National Transition Event & Troop Track Day, held at the Silverstone circuit. This unique event offers service leavers, veterans and their partners opportunity to find out about the possible career paths, access a range of support, meet over 50 different companies and talk to veterans who are employed in these jobs….

Colour Sergeant Watchman V laid to rest

Born on the 8th March 2009 in Cannock, Watchman V, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier mascot of the Staffordshire Regimental Association, lived with his owners and handler, Mandy and Greg Hedges, in Staffordshire.  During his life Watchman took part in over 900 events including parades, national events, Remembrance services, charity events, school visits, funerals and weddings; and was well loved by his community and…

University College Birmingham signs up to support forces

Discussing how veterans, Reservists and those in the military community can bring tangible skills to the civilian workforce was a key theme for an online event hosted in partnership with the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. Moving the annual event to the virtual sphere to allow for Covid-19 safety, employers from around the Greater Birmingham region were invited to listen to inspirational key…

Motorbike conservation gets veterans on the road to recovery

A new health and wellbeing project for ex-servicemen and women at Birmingham Museums has helped four local veterans get back on the road to recovery by conserving vintage motorbikes from the city’s collection. Volunteering for Veterans was set up by Birmingham Museums in 2021 to support former members of the local Armed Forces community by providing skills development opportunities alongside social and wellbeing…

Armed Forces friendly employers take home Gold Award

Fifteen businesses from the West Midlands region have been presented with the prestigious Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award at a special ceremony in Cardiff. The joint regional event held on 17th November at HMS CAMBRIA saw employers from Wales, West Midlands and Wessex Reserve Forces & Cadets Associations’ (RFCA) recognised for the outstanding support they give to the Armed Forces community….

School gives thanks to those who serve

A Birmingham-based school is one of the latest education providers to formally pledge its support to the wider forces community. King Solomon International Business School in Aston teaches children from foundation year through to sixth form.  Offering a wide and vibrant curriculum, the school’s key visions and values are to promote diversity, peace, kindness and mutual respect – based on the virtues associated…

Shropshire businesses sign up to support forces

Over 70 members from Shropshire’s business and voluntary sectors came together for a breakfast event to share best practice and learn more about supporting the Armed Forces community. Held at Bligny House Army Reserve Centre in Shrewsbury, home of E Company 8 Rifles, the early morning Shropshire Business Breakfast networking event was a joint partnership between our Association, Shropshire Council and Telford &…

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