New funding will support more Royal Navy and Royal Marines veterans with health challenges into work

Dan Hodges General

Royal Marines from HMS Albans' boarding team returns to the Type 23 frigate following an operation.

Veterans with health challenges who want to move back into work over the next three years will be supported through new funding from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity in partnership with Greenwich Hospital.

The organisation has awarded a grant of £284,000 towards The Poppy Factory’s employability service, to help former members of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines throughout England and Wales find and stay in new jobs. The funding will support the delivery of services until the end of 2022.

Any veteran who is unemployed and feels they have a physical or mental health condition can register for support and will be put in contact with one of The Poppy Factory’s regional consultant. The adviser will work with them to help them move into a job that matches their particular skills and needs.

The employability consultant can help the veteran build their confidence, shape their CV, research local opportunities, apply for jobs and prepare for interviews. And once in work, the adviser will continue to support the veteran to make sure they are settled in their new role.

Deirdre Mills, Chief Executive of The Poppy Factory, said:

“This significant three-year commitment by The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity builds on our existing partnership and will help transform more veterans’ lives.
“We are delighted that the charity and its supporters have recognised the vital, ongoing role of our employability service in helping veterans with health challenges enjoy a bright and independent future.”

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity is the principal charity of the Royal Navy. It exists to support sailors, marines and their families, for life.

Mandy Lindley, Director of Relationships and Funding at The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity, said:

“We consider The Poppy Factory to be one of our most important service delivery partners and the new three year funding approach reflects this. We look forward to continuing this partnership as we work with The Poppy Factory to develop services that meet the need of our joint beneficiaries.”

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