RFEA receives generous funding from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity to provide help to thousands of Ex-Servicemen and Women

RFEA – the Forces Employment Charity – has received two generous grants from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, totalling almost £400,000.

The funding will enable RFEA to continue its hugely successful work to provide employment advice, guidance and mentoring to veterans through its Ex Forces and Bridging the Gap programmes.

The Ex Forces programme is the only one of its kind which provides regionally based, comprehensive career advice and job opportunities to all ex-military personnel, irrespective of circumstances, rank, length of service, or reason for leaving.

Bridging the Gap provides specialist vocational support to ex Forces who face problems in their lives that make it harder to get and keep a job and who are no longer eligible for CTP resettlement support.

Commenting on the grants, Alistair Halliday, RFEA’s chief executive, said:

“We are hugely appreciative of these substantial grants from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. We couldn’t help those we do without the wonderful assistance and support we receive from our key funders. Thanks to the generosity of The Soldiers’ Charity we will be able to continue delivering life-changing support to many soldiers and veterans who need our help.”

Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity adds:

“Offering our veterans advice and support to get back into employment after their time in the Army is crucial to their wellbeing and to securing their future. RFEA has provided their vital services for many years and they thoroughly deserve the grant we have awarded, which will help them care for our veterans for the long-haul.”

Last year RFEA supported almost 20,000 ex Forces personnel and created over 90,000 job opportunities.

Notes to editors:

For further information about RFEA, contact Kristy MacLeod (kristy.macleod@rfea.org.uk or 07778 842274)

Additional information:

  • The Ex Forces programme has received a boost of £266,760 from the fund.
  • Bridging the Gap has been awarded £131,386 to help continue with its life-changing support.
  • All monies donated will be dedicated to supporting ex-Army personnel. 

About RFEA:

RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity – exists to provide life-long, life-changing support, job opportunities, and training to service leavers, reservists, veterans and their families, irrespective of circumstances, rank, length of service, or reason for leaving.

Founded in 1885 and operating across the UK, we have the specialist knowledge and understanding to bridge the gap between military life and civilian employment. We work in partnership with other organisations and employers who, like us, respect and value the unique qualities and abilities of all those who have served.




About ABF The Soldiers’ Charity:

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity was formed 75 years ago in 1944 to ensure that soldiers returning from the Second World War and campaigns such as D-Day were taken care of.

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity’s central purpose has not changed in its 75 years of existence: we exist to ensure that all soldiers, veterans and their immediate families can live a life of independence and dignity.




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