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Grants to charities that support the serving Army

The closing date for the next round of applications for grants from The Army Central Fund is Friday 16 March 2018. Successful applicants will receive their grant in the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

The majority of the funds available are awarded directly to the Army but there is some scope to award grants to those charities, including Cobseo members, that provide support to the serving Army and/or their immediate families. Each application is considered on its merits. It is a competitive process as the total applied for usually exceeds funds available. There is no guarantee that an application will be successful, particularly if your charity has been successful before.

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RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity and Walking With The Wounded become first UK Charities to receive Call of Duty Endowment Seal of Distinction Awards

The Call of Duty™ Endowment (“the Endowment”) is proud to announce the selection of RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity and Walking With The Wounded as the first UK recipients of the Call of Duty™ Endowment Seal of Distinction, the standard of excellence in the veterans’ employment sector. Winners each receive a $30,000 unrestricted grant and the opportunity to apply for additional funding, advice, and support.

“Meaningful employment is the single most important way to ensure that service members successfully transition back to civilian life,” said Dan Goldenberg, Executive Director of the Call of Duty Endowment.

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8th February – Self-Employment Discovery (Newcastle)

Whether you’ve already started working on your business idea, or are just considering self-employment, come along to our business workshop and meet like-minded people.

This practical workshop will take you through the pros and cons of self-employment. Working both as a group and individually, you will gain an awareness of what starting up a business means; to you, your family, and your finances.

By the end of this one-day workshop you will have a better idea of what starting a business entails, and have a clear understanding of what support is on offer, so you can plan your next steps.

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Drawing and Talking partners with The Annington Trust to offer dedicated Armed Forces Foundation Training Day on Friday 6 April

The event will be the first opportunity that Drawing and Talking has had to directly support Service families in the UK. The company has already trained over 18,000 professionals in more than 8,000 schools and charities in its safe and easy to learn serial drawing technique.

Catherine Beagley, managing director of Drawing and Talking, comments: “We’re incredibly thankful to the Annington Trust for hosting and subsidising this event as it ensures our training is more affordable for those wanting to attend this impactful day.

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HRH Princess Alexandra visits veterans at The Royal Star & Garter Homes

Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra visited the disabled veterans living at The Royal Star & Garter Homes, Surbiton, to mark the Charity’s 102nd anniversary. The Princess was received by the Charity’s Chairman, Major General Tim Tyler, Chief Executive, Andy Cole, Director of Care, Pauline Shaw, and Surbiton Home Manager, Barbara Carter.

Her Royal Highness was welcomed by Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) veteran Phyllis and presented with a beautiful yellow posy. Phyllis commented, “The Princess was absolutely delightful. She asked about my time in the WAAF and we chatted for a long time about all sorts of things. I will always remember today with great fondness and happiness.”

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The January Job Hunt: New Service Aims to help Veterans Find a New Career Path

In Great Britain, just under a quarter of working age veterans are not in employment[1]. However, for the first time this January, Veterans who are looking for employment on ‘civvy street’ can take advantage of a new service, Veterans’ Gateway.

With statistics showing that this is the busiest week for searches for ‘jobs’ in the UK[2],‘Veterans’ Gateway’ is the first point of contact for veterans who need support when it comes to achieving their career potential.

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Third Sector reveals SSAFA as highest climbing military charity in Charity Brand Index

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been unveiled as the third highest overall climber in the latest Charity Brand Index report, published by Third Sector.

The annual report determines which charities the general public are most aware of, which they intend to support and also measures trust levels. More than 4,000 UK adults were polled between June and August in 2017 to pull the data together.

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Armed Forces charities help quarter of a million people with physical health issues

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and the Directory of Social Change (DSC) today (25 January) release the report Focus On: Armed Forces Charities’ Physical Health Provision, which reveals that 121 charities deliver services to at least 250,000 beneficiaries in the Armed Forces Community.

This ground-breaking research maps for the first time Armed Forces charities’ physical health support with the charities spending at least £103 million on physical health provision last year.

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