SORTED! – offering expert employment support for the Armed Forces Community at the click of a button.
Members of the Armed Forces Community seeking a pathway to employment will benefit from the launch of “SORTED!”. SORTED! Is a consortium of seven well-established Service charities supported by a new website and help line which will provide easy access to employment support for the benefit of the Armed Forces community, past and present.
SORTED! has been jointly developed by the seven charities, all of whom currently provide different tailored services within the employment support arena. The charities involved are RFEA – The Regular Forces Employment Association, Officers Association, The Royal British Legion, Royal British Legion Industries, The Poppy Factory, Officers Association Scotland and Poppyscotland.
This is the first time Service charities have collaborated on this scale to provide employment support.
SORTED! Chairman Steve Sherry said: “The launch of SORTED! will further enhance our excellent support to those in the Armed Forces community seeking meaningful and sustainable employment.
“The collaboration of seven leading Services charities in a consortium with a new web portal and help line will quickly link individuals; Veterans, spouses and dependants, into the specific employment support they require. SORTED! members hope to see other like-minded organisations join this streamlining of service provision”.
Mark Francois, the Minister of State for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, said: “Our Armed Forces give so much to our country and it is only right that we recognise their tremendous contribution and sacrifice. That is why we are encouraging all sections of society to get behind the Covenant to support our Armed Forces Community in every way they can and make a real difference to their lives.
“I am delighted therefore that SORTED! have brought together the expertise of seven charities to visibly improve the lives of our Armed Forces Personnel and Veterans. This revolutionary website will ensure all our Armed Forces community can access the tailor-made support they so richly deserve to assist them in their transition to civilian life”
Armed Forces Veteran, Paul Harding, said: “I served in the Royal Signals for 13 years, and faced real challenges after leaving the Army. I struggled to settle down and relate to people, and found myself withdrawing from society. My partner became so concerned about me that she sought professional help from our GP. I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which explained a lot about how I was feeling.
“Through the help of SORTED! charities, my PTSD was controlled, I found steady employment, developed my confidence and was able to showcase the range of transferable military skills I had to secure full time employment as a maintenance engineer.
“The joint support I received was life changing and helped me to overcome a number of personal barriers. SORTED! will no doubt make this process easier and more streamlined, benefitting many more people in a similar situation to me.”