Sara’s Blog: Armed Forces Week

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This week is Armed Forces Week, a time as a nation to show our appreciation and support for the men and women who make up the armed forces community; from currently serving troops to service families, veterans, and cadets.

Events throughout the week lead up to Armed Forces Day this Saturday, 27th June.

To give an example of the unsung work our armed forces do, over the past three months the Royal Logistics Corps have been working to deliver a wide range of support and services during the pandemic. As well as their involvement in setting up the new Nightingale Hospitals across the UK, soldiers have also been involved in supporting regional testing sites, delivering food to the vulnerable and driving ambulances.

Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce have always had strong links with the armed forces, and we know that many local employers and employees play a vital role in their support of our reserve forces.

We have our very own Honorary Colonel of the British Army, in ex-Chamber President Mike Frewer, who represents the Armed Forces on the Chambers’ Council. We are also extremely proud to have West Midlands Reserve Forces & Cadet Association (WMRFCA) as patrons and very pleased that our support has been recognised through our Silver Award and being a signatory to, the Armed Forces Covenant.

There are lots of activities taking place from today including three excellent events aimed at employers.

  • Armed Forces Covenant webinar, Tuesday 23rd June at 2pm (update on local Armed Forces response to Covid19) https://bit.ly/2Ni7tcR
  • Reserves Day event on Zoom, Wednesday 24th June at 2pm (for your employees interested in knowing more about reserve service) https://bit.ly/2AXi22r
  • Army Engagement Team broadcast, Thursday 25th June at 2.30pm (A multimedia presentation on our British Army) https://bit.ly/3fDTL06

Please share these with your staff and your external networks and if you are planning any social media or digital activity the hashtags are #ArmedForcesWeek and #SaluteOurForces and the twitter tag for WMRFCA is @WMRFCA.

Details of Armed Forces Week can be found at: https://www.armedforcesday.org.uk and

https://www.wmrfca.org/reserve-forces/armed-forces-week-2020/

If you want to talk to us about any business issues, you can call our switchboard on 01782 202222 or call the Stoke and Staffs Growth Hub Helpline on 0300 111 8002. We also have a Twitter hour each Tuesday and Friday from 11am – 12noon #StaffsChamberChat

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