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Friday, 21 May 2021

RFEA, The Forces Employment Charity - Families Programme


Spouses of service personnel and veterans seeking jobs can get support from the RFEA, The Forces Employment Charity.  This includes divorced and separated spouses.  The RFEA Families Programme, details of which are at the link, has provided the information below: 

 

  • The programme was established in 2018, funded by the Government Equalities Office and Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund (LPF) to address the employment barriers and needs of civilian spouses and partners of still serving and ex-service personnel including divorced, separated and widowed in the UK and overseas. 

  • Last year further funding from LPF enabled us to expand our team of Employment Advisors to cover key areas across the UK. 

  • Our Advisors are spouses of serving personnel themselves, they are also parents who had to home school with deployed partners through COVID. They can relate and are relatable. 

  • All clients are assigned a personal advisor. We deliver bespoke 1:1 holistic employment focused support, face to face / community (pre-COVID), online, telephone and through interactive online events such as our successful ‘Empowering you’ series (in collaboration with employers and speakers from the AF business community) webinars with FFJ, radio Q&A and live chats. 

  • Most of our referrals come via social media. The spousal status of our Advisors means they’re able to join groups (collectively they’re in circa 70) and reach our audience directly. In addition they run our Facebook group, recently launched Instagram and produce a monthly newsletter that is designed to be engagement focused rather than info packed. 

  • This YTD we have supported 273 beneficiaries: 94 into employment; 10 into vocational training; 6 into volunteering/work experience; and 5 into FT Ed.