Reserves Day – one week to go


The countdown to Reserves Day 2017 is on with only one week to go until the big day. Are you ready?

Next Wednesday 21 June we’ll be celebrating our Reserves Forces who have always played an essential role in our Armed Forces and make a vital contribution to protecting our nation’s security at home and overseas.

There are many ways to show your support for Reservists. You can get involved with our#SaluteOurForces campaign. From today until 26 June, you can tweet us your support for our Armed Forces with a picture of you and your team saluting our Forces and tag it @DRM_Support with the hashtag #SaluteOurForces. You can also download the toolkit for your own internal and external communications channels.

What’s included in your Reserves Day toolkit:

  • Two editable posters: tailor with your own messages. Print and display to show your support for your Reservist employees, encourage them to wear their uniform at work on 21 June and/or invite staff in your organisation to attend your own Reserves Day event.
  • Narrative and key messages: use this document to write celebratory articles for your own internal channels, create case studies, post Q&As and organise events.
  • Email banner: use in your email signature during the month of June as an easy way to raise awareness about the value of Reservists.
  • Social media banners: use on Facebook, Facebook events, Linkedin and Twitter during June
  • Video: footage of our Reservists in action for your internal channels. If you wish to use it further please do get in touch.


Click here to open the Reserves Day Toolkit and download your resources.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for the latest Reserves Day updates.

Finally, we’d love to hear from you and receive your case studies and photos of Reservists working for you. Please send these to:

ABF The Soldier’s Charity – Helps Chris Grow New Career


Chris, now 27, was just 18 when he was first deployed to Afghanistan with 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment in 2007

In a fierce firefight that claimed the lives of two of his comrades and injured 16 other soldiers, a bullet shattered Chris’ leg and he had to be flown back to the UK. After undergoing surgery and rehabilitation at Headley Court, he was deemed fit for active service and was re-deployed to Afghanistan in 2009.

Unfortunately, shortly after his return to the fray, Chris was injured in another intense clash with insurgents. Fragments of a grenade entered his head through a gap between his helmet and glasses. Chris was fully conscious throughout and recalls ‘I remember blood dripping down my face and all I could think was not ***** again!’.

Back in the UK, doctors told Chris that he needed a high-risk operation,which he might not survive. Chris says ‘I told my parents that if the op went wrong then I didn’t want to live, I don’t want to be a vegetable’. Fortunately the operation was a success, but one lasting effect of the injury was Chris’s diagnosis with epilepsy. As a result he was medically discharged from the Army in 2011.

Having completed a course to help identify potential job options in civilian life prior to leaving the Army, Chris had decided that gardening was a career path he’d like to pursue. ‘I enjoy being outdoors so didn’t want a desk job’. He applied to do a two-year college course in Horticulture and The Soldiers’ Charity stepped in to help cover essential course costs, including clothing, safety equipment and travel. The course gave Chris practical experience in the many different aspects of landscape gardening and, despite missing the camaraderie of the Army, Chris told us, ‘It was a good course and The Soldiers’ Charity helped me out massively through this funding: they sorted out everything from the kit to the bus fare. Now I’ve finished the course I hope to get a job so I can carry on doing something that I’ve started to love’.

Chris was subsequently an integral part of the landscaping team that built The Soldiers’ Charity’s Gold Medal winning ‘No Man’s Land’ Garden at the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which gave himinvaluable new skills as well as a vital boost to his CV. Reflecting on his Chelsea Flower Show experience and the support he received from The Soldiers’ Charity, Chris said: ‘When you leave the Army, you have to adjust to a whole new way of life. In a way, it’s kind of like a no man’s land, as I know I felt a bit lost and quite alone. But I soon found my way, thanks to the support of my family and The Soldiers’ Charity’.

Supporting ABF The Soldiers’ Charity ensures that men and women like Chris, and their families, continue to receive the support, education and training they


Headquarters South West will be running a Job Fair in Tidworth Garrison Theatre on Wednesday 15 March 2017.  At the event will be over 60 regional and national employers, as well as recruitment agencies who are specifically looking to recruit Service Leavers, Veterans and Spouses.  A wide variety of industry sectors will be represented, including (but not exclusively): health, care, construction, transport, communications, tourism & leisure, manufacturing, bio sciences & pharmaceutical, finance and defence.

South West Armed Forces Tidworth Job Fair

During the day a series of presentations/seminars will be delivered by outside experts on the following topics:

  • 1030hrs – The Service Leaver’s Journey – from Service Leavers who have successfully made the journey into a successful military career
  • 1130hrs – CTP – what CTP offer & how to get the most out of your Resettlement
  • 1230hrs – The Business Perspective – what an employer is looking for when recruiting
  • 1330hrs – Spouses – advice & guidance on the path to employment for spouses & partners

When: Wednesday  15th  March 2017
Time: 10AM – 3PM
Where: Tidworth Garrison Theatre,  St Andrew’s Road, TIDWORTH, Wiltshire, SP9 7EP 

South West Armed Forces Tidworth Job Fair

All military personnel in Resettlement are encouraged to attend – even if you are not sure where you wish to settle or what job you are looking for, use the opportunity to speak to businesses who are looking to recruit from the military community to help develop your Resettlement planning.  Unique to the Tidworth Job Fair will be a number of employers and agencies specifically attending to recruit/offer advice to spouses and partners also looking for employment.