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News: Armed Forces Week 2021

Armed Forces Week will culminate in a day of celebration on Saturday for Armed Forces Day. The armed services commit some of their freedoms to the service of their country and the protection of the public. In gratitude, Armed Forces Day is a way in which we can all honour that commitment and dedication to duty.

As part of the celebrations, we’re asking colleagues to show their appreciation to Veterans and the armed forces by getting involved in this year’s virtual Armed Forces Day event. There are lots of ideas on how to celebrate on the Armed Forces Day website

Locally, we usually celebrate alongside The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, a ceremonial mounted unit of the British Army, quartered at Woolwich Barracks.

Veteran Champions

We’re also looking for more veteran champions of our own and would love to hear from those ex-military service colleagues, or from their friends and family working within the trust, who could bring their expert knowledge to the role.

As part of our ongoing work to achieve gold status, our champions will support colleagues to ensure Armed Forces Covenant principles are met. They will help put systems in place within the trust, work to promote the role of Reservists in the workforce and investigate how Veterans can be employed as part of our workforce. Training would be given.

Lorraine Jones, one of our Veterans Champions, said: “I am proud to be one of the trust’s Veteran Champions and of the work that we do – but we’d like to do more. We’d love to welcome ex-military Veterans, Reservists and their families, working within Oxleas to get involved in the development of services for our local ex-military and military population.”

Find out more about the work of Veteran Champions (PDF)

Watch our Oxwide interview with Carl Knopp and Ian Bryant talking about Veteran Champions, plus Lorraine Jones talking about the work of our Veteran Steering Group.

To get involved as a Veterans Champion, please contact Lorraine Jones or Carl Knopp.

Published on 24th June 2021