SSAFA the Armed Forces charity, has been providing lifelong support to our Forces and their families since 1885. Last year our teams of volunteers and employees helped more than 85,000 people in need, from Second World War veterans to young men and women who have served in more recent conflicts, and their families. SSAFA understands that behind every uniform is a person. We are here for that person – any time they need us, in any way they need us, for as long as they need us. In 2021 SSAFA, like many charities, face fundraising challenges so would welcome donations, and would like to talk to attendees about volunteering for the charity; for example our mentoring scheme supports service leavers as they transition out of the Armed Forces. For more information please visit www.ssafa.org.uk
James Grant, Head of Corporate Fundraising and Events – James.Grant@ssafa.org.uk
Cobseo, The Confederation of Service Charities, is a membership organisation of 300 full and associate member charities and organisations with a reach to a further 700 or so affiliate members supporting the Armed Forces Community, which includes serving personnel, veterans, their families and dependants. Cobseo exists to encourage and facilitate greater co-operation and collaboration across the sector and to engage and influence decision makers for the benefit of the welfare of the Armed Forces Community such that the lives of beneficiaries are positively enhanced by the effectiveness, efficiency, and delivery of support of military charities. Cobseo members work within a ‘Cluster’ structure where they fulfil the key role of the Confederation of encouraging and facilitating cooperation and collaboration to provide enhanced support for beneficiaries. The Cluster approach highlights the Confederation’s collaborative ethos and brings together charities working in similar fields, for example employment, housing, and mental health and wellbeing.
The Royal Air Force Reserves consists of over 2600 committed individual reservists, who give up their spare time to train and serve alongside the Regular Royal Air Force. They receive the same world class training and develop the same skills as their regular counterparts, which means they can carry out their roles to the same exacting high standards. Training takes place throughout the year, much of which can directly benefit the employer when they return to their civilian jobs. With 30 squadrons and units located throughout the UK and offering over 40 challenging and exciting roles, the Royal Air Force Reserves make up a significant element of the nation’s defence capacity and are called upon as individuals for their specialist skills or as ready formed units when required. Royal Air Force Reservists are currently supporting operations worldwide as well as making a vital contribution to the pandemic response here in the UK.
Alternative Venues London (AVL) is the dedicated venue hire department within the Greater London RFCA. We are a non-profit organisation which generates additional funding by hiring out Military Venues in London. With 39 Reserve Forces and 75 cadet sites spread across London available for commercial venue hire, the money generated by AVL is put directly back into supporting Reservists and Cadets. Whether you require a large space for holding a conference or an elegant meeting room, our venues can offer the choice of both. These can be used independently or jointly when using a breakout or catering room to support your main event. Our facilities are affordable and secure for various activities, with an amazing combination of outdoor and indoor training spaces for either classroom or physical training. Most of our halls offer large spaces and can be adapted to several training requirements. Our venues are also ideal for team building events and corporate away days, offering a spacious facility to carry out fun and challenging activities with the option of outdoor space in various locations. If your business has signed the Armed Forces Covenant and has been recognised by the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), your company may be eligible for a discount when hiring spaces with AVL.
The Families Federations are the voice of military families. We work to improve the quality of life for families around the world, on any aspect of life that is affected by the military. This includes providing practical areas of support directly to families as well as advocating on their behalf for change with the Chain of Command and policy makers. In September 2019, the Families Federations launched Forces Families Jobs, an employment and training platform for spouses, partners and family members of serving and Reserve UK military personnel. This site is a great opportunity for employers to promote their organisations and showcase their commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant. They can advertise jobs free of charge and access a large, highly skilled candidate database of Armed Forces family members looking for work or training.
Mission Motorsport, The Forces’ Motorsport Charity, in partnership with the Royal Foundation, delivers the Mission Automotive initiative, helping companies develop and implement Armed Forces Engagement programs. The charity helps those leaving the military, veterans and their families to find employment in the automotive industry. As an Institute of the Motoring Industry (The IMI) approved training centre, Mission Motorsport’s Training Wing delivers industry recognised qualifications in Electric / Hybrid Vehicle maintenance and repair alongside Level 3 Diploma courses, full apprenticeships, vocational training and qualifications enabling service leavers to bridge the gap between military service and second careers as civilians, beyond injury.
The charity’s dedicated career managers have placed more than 200 Wounded, Injured and Sick service leavers into employment since the inaugural Invictus Games in September 2014. Over 2,000 veterans have found work through the charity’s programs in industry.
Forces in Mind Trust was founded in November 2011 by a £35 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund (now The National Lottery Community Fund). As a member of Cobseo – the Confederation of Service Charities and a permanent member of its Executive Committee, the Trust works within the Armed Forces charities sector, and much more widely, to support the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces Community. The mission of FiMT is to enable ex-Service personnel and their families to make a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life. FiMT delivers this mission by generating an evidence base that influences and underpins policy making and service delivery, and by strengthening the Armed Forces charities sector through collaboration and leadership, and by building its capacity.
FiMT’s grants and commissions are designed to generate sustained change that improves the lives of ex-Service personnel and their families. FiMT awards grants and commissions research to support its Change Model based on seven outcomes: Housing; Employment; Health; Finance; Criminal Justice System; Relationships; and it’s Enabler programme. In spring 2021, FiMT will publish the final report of Lifting Our Sights, a research project examining future socio-economic and social-political trends and the likely impact of those trends on the Armed Forces Community beyond 2030. Find out more about the project here: https://www.liftingoursights.org.uk/
The Royal Naval Reserve, together with the Royal Marines Reserve, form the Maritime Reserves.
The Royal Naval Reserve protects our nation’s interests alongside the regular Royal Navy. Our Reserves support conflict operations, counter terrorism, anti-piracy activity and they also contribute to providing security at sea and humanitarian assistance across the globe. There are around 3000 men and women in the Royal Naval Reserve. They come from all backgrounds and bring a wide range of experience. They work for a minimum of 24 days each year, conducting a mixture of operational support, core maritime training, specialist training, fitness and leadership skills. Periodically, Reservists are also required to mobilise to support longer operations at sea, in shore bases and on UK resilience taskings. Recently a large number have supported the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Royal Marines Reserve: both men and women can become part of the elite amphibious element of our Maritime Reserves, training is necessarily arduous with dedication and commitment required to prepare for the rigorous of the Commando Course – the same assessment by everyone who wears the Green Beret. Once trained, Marines are deployable and work alongside their counterparts. They operate worldwide, from conflict zones to scenes of natural disasters, and recently they have supported the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They seamlessly transition from civilian to elite soldier wherever they are needed most. The Royal Marines Reserve is currently a 600 – strong element of the trained professionals in the maritime Reserves.
Find out more here: https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers/royal-naval-reserves
RE:ACT is an emergency and disaster response charity, operating in the UK and overseas. We repurpose the skills and experience of military veterans to provide direct humanitarian action when it’s most urgently needed, specialising in high tempo, dynamic and volatile environments.
We deployed our emergency response to Covid-19 in March 2020. Since then, we’ve helped to distribute over 10 million PPE items, over 3 million emergency meals, supported community Covid testing and NHS mass vaccination centres, assisted temporary mortuary facilities, as well as multiple other tasks throughout the UK, in order to bolster critical infrastructure and support frontline services and vulnerable communities. During Covid, we have mass recruited over 6,000 veterans to support our response and have established ourselves as a key player in UK resilience, providing a highly agile rapid response force, closely following a military operating model built on the philosophy of Mission Command.
Find out more here: https://www.re-act.org.uk/
British Army Employer Engagement
Army Employer Engagement is about developing and nurturing key relationships with Employers which must be mutually beneficial. Employer Engagement covers the breadth of the People space: from recruiting regular and reserve personnel, to service leavers, veterans and the career transition process, spousal employment, to the Wounded, Injured and Sick and engaging on Cadet Force Adult Volunteers. From apprenticeships and the provision of welfare support to engaging on the Reserves proposition, Flexible Service and the Enterprise Approach (EA),our engagement with employers is open, predictable, consistent, persistent and patient across both the public and private sectors.
Army Employer Engagement comprises of strategic policy direction provided by Army Headquarters; the delivery, deconfliction and coordination of National and Regional activity is provided by Headquarters Regional Command.
Career Transition Partnership (CTP) are the Ministry of Defence’s official provider of resettlement services to those leaving the Armed Forces. The ex-military talent pool offers highly motivated, committed and capable employees, and the CTP is here to work with organisations like yours to help you find the best employees. We have an unrivalled pool of Service leaver talent to call upon. Crucially, due to our partnership with the Ministry of Defence, we can provide you with our recruitment services and expertise, completely free of charge.
To discuss your requirements with a CTP Employer Relationship Manager, please register your details at www.ctp.org.uk/contact-