The latest news from East Anglia RFCA, covering Cadets & Youth, Engagement, Estates and other related news from us and Reserves & Cadets throughout the region. 
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Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at the RFCA for East Anglia.

Thank you for everything you've done in support of Reserves and Cadets this year. 

Our offices will be closed from midday on the 23rd December, re-opening on January 3rd.
Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2016
The Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2016 was published on Thursday 15 December 2016, at the same time as a written ministerial statement (WMS) by Sir Michael Fallon on Army 2020 Refine.

The Armed Forces Covenant in Numbers one-pager provides a snapshot of the main achievements to date.   

If that’s peaked your interest, then the 14-page summary of the Report should be the next place you look. It outlines 15 top goals for the coming year.

In a report published last month by Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Veterans’ Transition exposes that 92% of UK adults think it is common for former personnel to have a physical, emotional or mental health problem as a result of their time in the Armed Forces.

Understanding the challenges faced by UK veterans entering employment is one of the main objectives of local authorities and statutory service providers, so they can effectively deliver on their Armed Forces Covenant pledge. 

Did you know? 71% of medium and large organisations say they would consider employing veterans, but only 39% would employ someone with no industry experience.

There are roughly 700,000 veterans currently in employment, over half find themselves in routine, low-skilled or low-paid jobs. Read more about what local authorities in East Anglia have delivered #ForOurForces. 

Prince William awards gold to supportive employers
Eleven employers were rewarded at the East Anglia Defence ERS 2016 Silver Awards for the support they demonstrated to their reservist and veteran employees.

To be eligible for a Silver Award, a business must employ at least one of the following: veterans, service spouses, reservists, cadet adult volunteers (Sea Cadets, Air Cadets or Army Cadets). 

Employers must have also signed the Armed Forces Covenant pledge, must show how they have delivered on their pledge, and they must be nominated by a third party via the Employer Recognition Scheme website. Nominations are open for 2017 until 16th June 2017. 

There are now over 500 private and public organisations that hold Silver Awards in the UK. Read more about Defence ERS awards. 

New mobile friendly website

Of the £10M annual Armed Forces Covenant Fund, £2M has been awarded to a group of charities to provide a national 'Veterans' Gateway' service, to help veterans get the assistance they need easily and when they need it.

This is intended to help all veterans but is particularly focussed on providing easy access to services for housing, employment and healthcare during the transition into civilian life. Read more about how we support veterans. 

Nominations close on 6th January for commanding officers to put forward cadets for a CVQO Duke of Westminster Award.

Remember, each detachment, company, unit or squadron is eligible to nominate one cadet (e.g. a county with 10 detachments could potentially nominate 10 cadets). 
Ongar Refurbishment

Our Estates department carried out a complete refurbishment of the Cadet hut in Ongar, Essex, for @ACoyEssexACF cadets and instructors. 

Armed Forces Covenant Social Media Banner

Great example of how a business can deliver on an #ArmedForcesCovenant pledge. Nice one @FarmfoodsMdp @hireaherouk!

Follow us on Twitter @EastAngliaRFCA for more ideas and examples of the Armed Forces Covenant in action. 

Armed Forces Covenant BFBS Radio Special

If you missed the Armed Forces Covenant Special on Forces Radio BFBS with Kate Gerbeau you can listen again here.

Kate explores all the issues surrounding the covenant with a panel of guests including the MOD’s Head of Service Personnel and Support, and representatives from each of the service families federations.

Remembrance Day Video

In 2015, The Royal British Legion raised £48.5 million from the Poppy Appeal to help thousands of people across the UK.

So many inspiring stories were shared, it's impossible to choose one that highlights the appreciation and compassion demonstrated by Cadets and Reserves in East Anglia.

We spotted one story you may not have seen, 2nd Lt Kidane Cousland in this Ministry of Defence video released for Remembrance Day - Lest We Forget - Poppy Day

We first heard about Kidane's story in April this year. He was in the MailOnline, the The Telegraph and other papers for graduating with the Sword of Honour from Sandhurst Royal Military Academy, beating candidates from Oxford and Cambridge to finish at the top of his class.

His story caught everyone's attention because he'd battled illiteracy and an otherwise disadvantaged background to succeed against the odds. 

Remembrance Day Video
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