Need a Mental Health Buddy?

A former gunner has set up an initiative to help veterans with mental health issues in his hometown of Barrow-in-Furness. Tony McNally has introduced a buddy system whereby ex-Service personnel give up their time to talk to others. Working closely with local authorities and healthcare professionals, the volunteers are on standby to provide extra support… Read More

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London Council Helping Personnel Transitioning to Civvy Street

Personnel transitioning to civvy street are getting a helping hand – careof a local authority in London. Guaranteed interviews are being offered to veterans applying for a job with Wandsworth Council, giving them a face-to-face opportunity to showcase their skills if they meet the minimum criteria for the role. For more details on the scheme… Read More

Veterans UK Website Overhauled

Former personnel will find it easier to find the information they need for a smoother transition to civvy life thanks to a newly overhauled Veterans UK website. The revamp features a series of “hubs” – available on the homepageor via a search – focusing on different topics relevant to those who have left the military.… Read More

Get Marching in March

Military mental health charity Combat Stress is urging people to get behind its March in March event and walk ten miles to raise money for veterans. How and where participants complete the challenge is up to them – all they have to do is register online. Entry costs £20, though extra sponsorship is encouraged. The… Read More

Number of Armed Forces Champions Set to Rise

MORE support to help Army leavers make the move to civvy street will soon become available. The government has pledged to increase the number of Armed Forces champions – who are based at job centres around the country and help with the likes of benefits and employment. Will Quince – Minister for Welfare Delivery –… Read More

Veterans & Employer Ignorance

Nearly one fifth of UK organisations are unlikely to considerhiring veterans due to negative perceptions of their time spent in the military, according to a study by the Forces in Mind Trust. The most common reason given was a worry that this cohort would not have the relevant skills or experience. “Employers must ensure these… Read More

UCAS Information Support for Military Students

An advice page on university applications has been set up for Armed Forces students by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). It includes information for children, veterans and spouses, and can be found by searching “Armed Forces” on the UCAS website at https://www.ucas.com/search/explore?keywords=armed+forces. (scroll down when page loads).