Vet­er­ans’ value in the work­place

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Your Say -

AS the new year gets un­der way, ex-Forces men and women who are out of work in the South East will be look­ing ahead to what 2019 might have in store for them.

This can be a chal­leng­ing time of year for vet­er­ans. Those with men­tal or phys­i­cal health con­di­tions who do not have a job or a close sup­port net­work can feel par­tic­u­larly iso­lated.

At The Poppy Factory, we know that ex-Ser­vice men and women who are wounded, in­jured or sick will still flour­ish in the right work­ing en­vi­ron­ment. In re­turn, the skills they have honed in the mil­i­tary bring enor­mous ben­e­fits to their employers. The con­tri­bu­tion made by mean­ing­ful work to pos­i­tive men­tal health can­not be over­stated.

The Poppy Factory’s em­ploy­a­bil­ity team works closely with in­di­vid ALZHEIMER’S uals in their com­mu­ni­ties, help­ing to boost their con­fi­dence and skills and look for the right job op­por­tu­ni­ties. We help with every­thing from CV writ­ing and in­ter­view prepa­ra­tion to train­ing and in-work sup­port, mak­ing sure our vet­er­ans feel com­fort­able in what­ever new roles they take up.

This year I hope many more busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions across the South East will con­sider the value that vet­er­ans can add to their workforce. Our team stands ready to help more wounded, in­jured and sick vet­er­ans find a way to ful­fil their po­ten­tial in the civil­ian world.

Deirdre Mills Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, The Poppy Factory

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