The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron of The Poppy Factory, will host a celebration at Admiralty House on Thursday 4th February to mark The Poppy Factory’s milestone of enabling 500 disabled veterans back into employment.
The Duchess will meet ex-Service men and women who have successfully found new careers on ‘civvy street’ thanks to The Poppy Factory, together with their Volunteer Mentors, Poppy Factory staff, and some of the employers that are leading the way in recruiting disabled veterans.
Adjusting to civilian life can sometimes be difficult for ex-military personnel, and those with physical or mental health challenges can find it extremely tough. The Poppy Factory’s individual approach with disabled veterans of all ages around the country really helps them to sustain work – with 75% of Poppy Factory veterans sustaining employment for 12 months or longer.
A recent independent report also found that The Poppy Factory’s ‘Getting You Back to Work’ programme returned £2.23 in social value for every £1 that was invested.
The Poppy Factory’s regional employability team provides a full service that builds up a veteran’s confidence in their valuable transferable skills, and helps veterans to recognise how they can manage their health challenges to ensure that they thrive in their new careers. The team also shows employers how easy it is to work around these barriers in order to recruit a skilled workforce.
At the reception, Her Royal Highness will also meet key Poppy Factory people, including President, Sara Jones CBE DL, Chairman, Mark Perowne, and Chief Executive, Melanie Waters.
Chief Executive, Melanie Waters, said: “The purpose of this event is to show our thanks to all the employers, mentors, staff, and indeed our disabled veterans, for contributing towards the success of our ‘Getting You Back to Work’ programme. The Poppy Factory uses its unique expertise to help disabled veterans into work with many large and small commercial organisations throughout the UK. We believe that a health condition should not prevent an employer from considering one of our veterans as worthy for a meaningful career. The attendance of our Patron, The Duchess of Cornwall, will help us to highlight our important work to provide bespoke support to our disabled veterans once they’ve left the Forces.”
The Poppy Factory has a vision that no disabled veteran should be denied the opportunity for meaningful work. The charity aims to provide the most effective employment support for its ex-Forces ‘clients’ and for employers alike.