If you’ve been anxiously waiting with baited breath to find out who has won the coveted 2020 Soldiering On Awards, your wait is almost over!
This evening we proudly announced the winners of the first three categories: Family Values, Working Together and Defence Inclusivity. And the next four Thursdays will see the other winners revealed during exciting Zoom events.
We kicked off tonight in fantastic style, with the fabulous actress Fiona Dolman compèring our first virtual award ceremony! The event was attended by the category finalists and sponsors, Patron Of the Soldering on Awards, the Rt. Hon. Earl Howe, and Lt General James Swift, Chief of Defence People.
The Earl Howe, Patron of the Soldiering On Awards said: “Despite the new virtual backdrop, the evening was a tremendous hour of celebration. All the finalists’ achievements cover an impressively wide range, from driving change in the Armed Forces environment and supporting our veterans’ community, to fields beyond Service life – be that sport, business, charity-work or public service.
“As the scope and prominence of these Awards has increased with each passing year, they add ever more value through the strong and positive messages that recognition gives to the vital and impressive work being done by our Nominees, Finalists and Winners in their communities.
“Huge congratulations to ALL our fantastic 2020 winners and finalists. Each and every one of you is an inspiration to us all.”
Our finalists were:
Charnwood, Melton and Rushcliffe Borough Councils Partnership – working with external partners to make wider improvements to meet the needs of the Armed Forces community in their areas.
Forces Connect South East – a cross-border partnership of local councils, NHS, reserve organisations, cadets and charities.
Sussex, Kent & Medway Armed Forces Network Team – making sure people with a Forces background can access support and get help on a wide range of issues.
You can read more about these finalists here.
We are delighted to announce that the Winner of the FiMT Working Together Award is…
Sussex, Kent & Medway Armed Forces Network Team
For the last eight years, the Sussex and Kent & Medway Armed Forces Network (AFN) has made sure people with a Forces background can access support and get help on issues ranging from physical or mental health, housing or employment, welfare or social needs. NHS-led, and with a growing network of over 1000 Service Champions, its members include the MoD, police, local authorities, reservists, cadets and charities.
This Forces in Mind Trust working together award honours a person, team or organisation which has demonstrated an enduring commitment and a collaborative approach, engaging with external organisations to support the sector within the wider community.
Kate Parkin, Director of Sussex, Kent & Medway Armed Forces Network Team said: “We are ecstatic, we have been going for ten years now and it is a pleasure and a privilege to work with the Armed Forces Community.”
Lt Colonel Ren Kapur MBE, CEO of X-Forces Enterprise and Co-Chair of the Soldiering On Awards said: “We are thrilled to congratulate these inspirational winners and it was wonderful to gather everyone together and celebrate our amazing community in these challenging times.
“This virtual event wasn’t quite what we had envisioned but we want to thank all of the judges and particularly the sponsors for continuing to support the Soldiering On Community; making sure that everyone’s experience this year is as special as we can possibly make it.”
A word from our Sponsor…
“Once again, this year’s finalists have shown an enduring commitment to collaboration and the category is a great example of what can be achieved when you work together. It is a privilege to be able to recognise the difference these organisations have made to the transition of ex-Service personnel. These excellent partnerships have benefited many aspects of veterans’ civilian life including health, housing and employment.”
Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive, Forces in Mind Trust