Resilience and the UK Armed Forces

This section seeks to highlight the support that the UK Armed Forces regularly embark on to maintain the resilience of the UK. Since 2001 they have responded to a number the of events, including;

 

  • Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak
  • Fire service strikes
  • Extensive flooding
  • Fuel strike
  • 2012 Olympics

 

As part of SQUARED APPLES support to the UK Armed Forces and the work that they do, key support services and links will be hosted on this page to enable individuals to be able to contact agencies specialised in assisting Armed Forces personnel in developing and maintaining their personal resilience, both while serving and when working within the civilian sector.

 

SSAFA

 

SSAFA is the Armed Forces charity. Formerly known as Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, it is a charity that provides lifelong support to serving and ex-personnel,  and their families or dependents, of the British Armed Forces. Anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force or Army and their families, both regulars and reserves, is eligible for their help.

 

Help For Heroes

 

Help for Heroes (H4H) is a British charity launched on 1st October 2007 to help provide better facilities for British service personnel who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty. It was founded by Bryn Parry OBE and his wife Emma Parry OBE after they witnessed the poor level of support given to wounded soldiers by the UK Government. The charity was launched after a meeting with Sir Richard Dannatt, the Chief of General Staff, the professional head of the British Army.

 

Combat Stress

 

Combat Stress is a registered charity in the UK. offering residential and community treatment to former members of the British Armed Forces suffering from a range of mental health conditions including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Combat Stress provides treatment for all Veterans suffering with mental ill-health, free of charge. On average it takes 13 years for a Veteran to come to Combat Stress for treatment, however for those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan the time period is much lower.

 

The Officers' Association

 

The Officers' Association (OA) has had very close links with The Royal British Legion (TRBL) since its origins. In 1922 the OA handed its fund raising organisation over to TRBL to form the basis of the Poppy Appeal and it has sometimes been known as The Officers’ Branch of TRBL. In order not to compete with TRBL and other Service Charities, the OA does not raise funds in public collections, but supports the Poppy Appeal and receives 7.5% of the Annual Poppy Appeal street collection to support its work.

Throughout its existence the OA has supported Officers and their dependants in many ways, but it has consistently addressed, as a priority, helping officers find employment, providing advice and, in cases of need, financial support.

 

On the 10th April 2016 SQUARED APPLES demonstrated its support for the work of the UK Armed Forces Community by signing the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant. As part of the document, the company agreed to be Defence friendly and supportive, displaying the support on its website.

 

The pledges we have made are as follows:

 

  • No member of the Armed Forces Community should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen;
  • In some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate especially for the injured or bereaved;
  • Promoting the fact that we are an armed forces-friendly organisation;
  • Seeking to support the employment of veterans young and old and working with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), in order to establish a tailored employment pathway for Service Leavers when roles become available, or through attachments or as associates to assist with the delivery of our services;
  • Striving to support the employment of Service spouses and partners;
  • Seeking to support our employees who choose to be members of the Reserve forces, including by accommodating their training and deployment where possible;
  • Offering support to our local cadet units, either in our local community or in local schools, where possible through fund raising, communication of events and raising awareness;
  • Aiming to actively participate in Armed Forces Day;
  • Offering a discount to members of the Armed Forces Community for the use of our training and support services; and
  • Seek to support Armed Forces personnel during their transition into civilian life through volunteering with Armed Forces charities to provide advice and guidance during the transitional phase.

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