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RFEA receives generous funding to help thousands of ex-Service personnel

RFEA receives generous funding to help thousands of ex-Service personnel


04 Sep, 2019

RFEA – the Forces Employment Charity – has received two generous grants from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, totalling almost £400,000. The funding will enable RFEA to continue its hugely successful work to provide employment advice, guidance and mentoring to veterans through its Ex Forces and Bridging the Gap programmes.

  • The Ex Forces programme is the only one of its kind that provides regionally based, comprehensive career advice and job opportunities to all ex-military personnel, irrespective of circumstances, rank, length of service or reason for leaving.
  • Bridging the Gap provides specialist vocational support to ex-Forces personnel who face problems in their lives that make it harder to get and keep a job, and who are no longer eligible for CTP resettlement support. 

Commenting on the grants, Alistair Halliday, RFEA’s chief executive, says: ‘We are hugely appreciative of these substantial grants from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. We couldn’t help those we do without the wonderful assistance and support we receive from our key funders. Thanks to the generosity of The Soldiers’ Charity we will be able to continue delivering life-changing support to many soldiers and veterans who need our help.’

Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, adds: ‘Offering our veterans advice and support to get back into employment after their time in the Army is crucial to their well-being and to securing their future. RFEA has provided vital services for many years and thoroughly deserves the grant we have awarded, which will help it to care for our veterans for the long haul.’

Last year RFEA supported almost 20,000 ex-Forces personnel and created more than 90,000 job opportunities.

For further information about RFEA, contact Kristy MacLeod by emailing or calling 07778 842274.

‘PTSD devastated my life. RFEA has given me a clear plan. I won’t get to where I want to go without the RFEA’

Tom, Army, now studying horticulture


Where has the funding gone?

  • The Ex Forces programme has received a boost of £266,760 from the fund. 
  • Bridging the Gap has been awarded £131,386 to help continue with its life-changing support.
  • All monies donated will be dedicated to supporting ex-Army personnel. 

About RFEA

RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity – exists to provide life-long, life-changing support, job opportunities, and training to Service leavers, reservists, veterans and their families, irrespective of circumstances, rank, length of service or reason for leaving.

Founded in 1885 and operating across the UK, it has the specialist knowledge and understanding to bridge the gap between military life and civilian employment. It works in partnership with other organisations and employers who also respect and value the unique qualities and abilities of all those who have served. 

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‘RFEA’s help means I have a job and a happy life with my family’

Jhabindra, Ghurka, now working in MPGS

‘RFEA is excellent really, always in touch. My back injury means it’s harder to find suitable work’

Alan, Royal Engineers, looking for work in the railway industry

About ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity was formed 75 years ago, in 1944, to ensure that soldiers returning from the Second World War and campaigns such as D-Day were taken care of. ABF The Soldiers’ Charity’s central purpose has not changed in its 75 years of existence: it exists to ensure that all soldiers, veterans and their immediate families can live a life of independence and dignity.

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