Saturday June 26th | Author Chris Taylor
Includability Official Partner, The Poppy Factory, is working with specialist charities helping ex-Forces job seekers with health conditions to take the final step back into employment in celebration of Armed Forces Day.
The charity supporting UK veterans has made charitable connections including the Armed Forces Bikers Veterans Charity, which provides funding to help veterans and their families thrive in the civilian world.
They say veterans can face barriers to employment even when the door to employment would be open otherwise due to the lack of funds necessary to buy equipment or take up training for a new job.
At least 15 people have already been awarded grants by the motorcycle charity after being referred by The Poppy Factory this year. The funding helped them cover a wide range of one-off costs – from new computers, tools and white goods to driver qualifications and specialist industry training.
Among those supported in the months leading up to Armed Forces Week were three veterans from the Royal Regiment of Wales, Royal Anglian Regiment and Welsh Guards. They were each given a grant to buy a laptop to help them search for jobs and compete online training.
Others include a veteran of the Royal Green Jackets and Rifles, who was awarded funding to buy tools so he could begin work as a joiner. And a female RAF veteran with a mental health condition was given help to join a membership body, enabling her to start working as an engineering instructor (pictured).
One veteran of the Mercian Regiment had been homeless. He was supported through the installation of a bed, cooker, fridge and washing machine in his unfurnished flat, creating a stable home from which to seek employment.
Caz Jones, Employment Consultant at The Poppy Factory, said: “Our team’s relationship with the Armed Forces Bikers has gone from strength to strength. Their grant application process is deliberately simple and inclusive, and it’s also quick and efficient. They take the time to speak to the veterans we support, which makes it a personal and warm experience.”
The Poppy Factory can help UK veterans with employment support.
This Armed Forces Day, military-themed walks are being organised by museums across the UK to celebrate Armed Forces Day. Many larger celebrations are still not open to the public this year due to ongoing pandemic restrictions.
Celebrations began on Monday 21 June when the Armed Forces Day flag was raised on buildings and landmarks around the UK. Over the past year, UK Armed Forces personnel have supported the COVID-19 pandemic response in the UK.
Get involved with this year’s Armed Forces Day celebrations and download the Armed Forces Day 2021 Virtual Event Toolkit