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Friday, 15 December 2017 09:58

Soldiering On Awards 2018


The Soldiering On Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of those who have served their country, and the diverse people and groups who work together in support of the Armed Forces Community. They aim to encourage support for this remarkable community by celebrating the achievements of the people, teams and businesses within it.

Further information:

Now in our eighth year, they encourage support for this remarkable community by recognising the achievements of people, teams and businesses that support it. They highlight the valuable contribution that both currently serving and former members of the Military bring to society as a whole, along with their families and the diverse group of people, charities and organisations that support the community.

The Awards shine a light on the achievements of people forging new lives and enterprises after leaving the Armed Forces, and recognise the valuable contribution their skills bring to society as a whole. Accordingly, in 2018 - for the first time, they’ve included three new awards;

‘we are proud to be working in partnership with X-Forces - an organisation that nurtures entrepreneurial ambition in the UK military community, to specifically honour accomplishments in the business world’. 

This means that twelve awards are up for grabs!

  • Family Values Award – Sponsored by NetApp
  • Healthcare and Rehabilitation Award – Sposnored by Redwood Technologies Group
  • Sporting Excellence Award – Sponsored by Spectra
  • Inspiration Award - Sponsored by telent
  • Forces in Mind Trust Working Together Award – Sposnored by FiMT
  • International Award
  • Animal Partnership Award – Sponsored by Pets at Home
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Outstanding Contribution Award
  • X-Forces Business of the Year Award – Start Up – Sponsored by Cisco
  • X-Forces Business of the Year Award – Scale Up
  • X-Forces Business of the Year Award – Community Impact – Sponsored by Landmarc

Each category has been rigorously judged by an independent panel co-chaired by the Awards’ President, General the Lord Dannatt GCB,CBE MC, DL, and Vice President Debra Allcock Tyler, CEO of the Directory of Social Change. Click here to see the full list of Awards Judges. In addition, the recipient of the People’s Choice Award and Animal Partnership Award will be voted for by the public.

Soldiering On Awards is a proud member of Cobseo the Confederation of Service Charities.

About X-Forces

X-Forces  is an award-winning Community Interest Company established in 2013 that nurtures entrepreneurial ambition in the UK military community.  They support community members in starting and scaling up their own businesses.  

To date X-Forces has helped over 1,200 entrepreneurs launch their own businesses, plus thousands more through training, events, funding, mentoring and job creation. This support is available to service leavers, veterans, reservists, spouses, dependants and cadets (over 18). 

X-Forces is the industry leader for enterprise training for the Ministry of Defence and this year received the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award for our outstanding support of the Armed Forces community.

Diary dates:

  • 10th January: Finalists announcement
  • 8th February:  Finalists reception. Finalists will be invited along with the person who nominated them, to a special reception at the House of Lords hosted by Awards Patron, the Rt Hon Earl Howe PC along with President and Vice President, Lord Dannatt and Debra Allcock Tyler, Awards judges, sponsors and guests .
  • February and March:  public on line voting for the Animal Partnership and the People’s Choice Awards categories. Further details to follow.
  • 20th April Finalists invited to attend the prestigious Black Tie Awards Ceremony and dinner at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel on 20th April – where the overall winners will be announced!

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Contact The Soldiering On Awards:

Communications key contact points:

  • Hannah Moore: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07791 874046
  • For Business Awards categories: Sian Edwards: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07903 673 945

Media and press:

  • Kaija Larke: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07841166232

Enquiries about event attendance and table and ticket purchases:

  • Jan Taylor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 14:12

New Research Report

The second of our Focus On series looks at Armed Forces Charities Education & Employment Provision.

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and the Directory of Social Change’s (DSC) report Focus On: Armed Forces Charities’ Education and Employment Provisionreveals that a small number of charities provide a much-needed range of educational and employment services to 35,800 people in the Armed Forces Community.

Funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), this report is the second of six Focus On reports from DSC which provide more detailed information on armed forces charities’ support for key areas of need.


Figures presented in the report illustrate that a large need is being met by a relatively small number of charities. Armed forces charities supported at least 22,302 individuals into employment and helped over 3,300 individuals gain qualifications in the past year, most commonly for veterans and their dependants.

The analysis shows that 78 charities provide education support, which represents 6.5% of all UK armed forces charities. Of these charities, 59 also make provision for employment. In total, armed force charities spend around £25.6m on education and employment, serving at least 35,800 beneficiaries from the armed forces community.

Educational and employment services covered in the report include: vocational courses; academic qualifications; work opportunities; and mentoring such as CV writing and job searches. Direct grants to individuals and organisations are explored, along with partnerships and collaborations between charities and businesses. The report highlights specialist primary provider charities and shows depth of provision, which can have a dramatic and positive effect on an individual’s chance of successful transition to civilian life.

Stuart Cole, Project Manager says:

‘The impact that education and employment can have is measured in more than just qualifications or status; increasingly, these areas define our quality of life. We are proud to present an analysis of those charities which support the educational and employment needs of the armed forces community.’

Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust says:

‘FiMT was established to enable ex-Service personnel and their families to make a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life. It does this by funding reports, such as this Focus On series which provides independent, evidence-based knowledge that can be used to influence and bring about change where needed, from policy through to service delivery. The clearly detailed evidence in this report offers an important and unique insight into the education and employment support provided by the Armed Forces charity sector across the UK.’


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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 08:23

Armed Forces Charities' Mental Health Provision

Forces In Mind Trust and the Directory of Social Change present Focus On: Armed Forces Charities’ Mental Health Provision.

This report follows on from DSC’s Sector Insight reports on UK armed forces charities, a series which DSC has been publishing since 2014. Building on these broader studies, the Focus On series exists to provide a more specific analysis of the work of armed forces charities across the UK — in this case, those who are making provision for mental health support.

Illuminating Britain’s armed forces charity sector

This report provides an overview of the mental health provision made by armed forces charities registered across the UK, focusing on:

  • Categorisation of ‘Primary’ and ‘Secondary’ providers
  • Insights into expenditure on mental health provision
  • Collaboration, evaluation and standards of practice
  • Differences in clinical and non-clinical service delivery
  • Insight into charities’ standards of practice
  • Analysis of topics of mental health support
  • Conclusions and recommendations

This is a unique resource for charities, government, policymakers and researchers to understand what armed forces charities deliver in terms of their mental health provision. This subject area has been thoroughly explored to provide a body of evidence and insightful analysis which informs of policy, practice and research.

Key findings

  • 76 charities make provision for mental health which represents 7% of all armed forces charities
  • 91% of charities support veterans, 71% support serving personnel and their spouses/partners respectively
  • 75% of charities provide treatment for PTSD, 57%  for depression and anxiety and 43% for substance misuse
  • Counselling is the most common method of treatment, offered by 45% of charities
  • Charities help an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 beneficiaries per year
  • Charities spend over £28million providing mental health services per year
  • 19% of charities provide clinical services

Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive FiMT says:

‘It is only right that we invest in credible, independent evidence, such as this report, so that our efforts and resources are deployed where they are most needed, and where they can have the greatest positive effect.’ 

Debra Allcock Tyler, Chief Executive Directory of Social Change says:

We are very fortunate to have so many brilliant forces charities in the UK, and it is vital that we continue to illuminate and celebrate their work.’

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