RAF veterans with health conditions who need help moving back into employment will be given one-to-one support by The Poppy Factory through new funding from the RAF Benevolent Fund…

The Fund has awarded £19,000 to The Poppy Factory to help deliver its employability service, which helps wounded, injured and sick veterans across England, Wales and Northern Ireland find meaningful employment in their own communities.

More than 300 men and women who have served in the Armed Forces begin new jobs and careers each year thanks to support from the charity’s employability consultants, who work with veterans to help build their confidence and apply for civilian jobs that match their skills and situations.

Once in work, The Poppy Factory continues to work with them and their employer to make sure they adjust well. The funding from the RAF Benevolent Fund will help the charity reach more RAF veterans throughout the next 12 months.

Deirdre Mills, Chief Executive of The Poppy Factory, said: “I am hugely grateful to the RAF Benevolent Fund for this important contribution to our employability service. These funds will enable us to reach more RAF veterans who are living with mental and physical health conditions, helping them find a route back into meaningful employment and providing the personal support they need.”

As the RAF’s leading welfare charity, the RAF Benevolent Fund has a proud tradition of looking after the RAF Family. It is there for all serving and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children.

Air Vice-Marshal David Murray, Chief Executive of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “For more than 100 years the Fund has been the RAF’s oldest friend, always there in their time of need, providing financial, emotional and practical support. We are delighted to award another grant, supporting The Poppy Factory in this vital work.”