ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has recently awarded RFEA, The Forces Employment charity, with a grant of more than £250,000 towards providing comprehensive employment support to Army veterans and reservists.
It exists to provide life-long, life-changing support, jobs and training opportunities to service leavers and veterans, irrespective of circumstances, rank, length of service, or reason for leaving.
Its work includes early intervention, supporting veterans to find a new job, often when they have not succeeded in finding jobs through general civilian support. It prevents working-age veterans from becoming long-term unemployed so that they can sustain an income and provide a stable life for themselves and their families.
The Soldiers’ Charity’s grant will help provide employment advice, guidance and mentoring to Army veterans through RFEA’s Ex Forces and Bridging the Gap programmes.
Stephen Gledhill, RFEA’s Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to be the recipients of two substantial grants from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. We couldn’t help those we do without the assistance and funding we receive from our supporters. Last year we helped 20,000 service leavers and veterans take their next steps into new employment. Thanks to the generosity, we will be able to reach even more Army 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 well-being and securing their future. RFEA have 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.”