Forces Online CIO (also known as Forces Online) is a registered CIO Charity first registered on the 7th April 2020 Registration Number 1188955 (England and Wales). On the 21st January 2021 Forces Online Scotland was registered with OSCR Registration Number SC050678. The organisation is a cross border charity set up to work with veterans across the whole of the United Kingdom for:
"The Relief of Former Armed Forces Service Personnel, who are in need by reason of age, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage in particular but not exclusively by providing them with help and assistance and by offering them a sign posting service to expert support providers for their benefit".
The organisation was was founded in September 2013.
In short this mean that we help veterans and their families wherever we can.
Remembering Tom's work with homeless and other veteran's who are down on their luck. The restricted hardship fund is part of the Forces Online welfare department and is used specifically for veterans hardship cases.
When the memorials we being damaged in the United Kingdom Forces Online CIO started a support group and a petition to gather names of people that were unhappy about the damage to our Military heritage .
The Welfare Support team work tirelessly to help veterans and their families from all over the United Kingdom. We are able to provide therapeutic interventions as well as support for a whole range of issues.
The Veterans Directory is a FREE resource to armed forces organisations that help veterans and their families in the United Kingdom. Click the link above to add yours into our County based veterans directory service.
Our extensive social media reach over Facebook, Linked-In and Twitter and our ability to share with other groups in the network enhances our ability to communicate across the whole of the armed forces community.
Chat Heroes provide a live chat environment on all of our websites to help veterans and families communicate with Forces Online, which in turn helps us with a responsive service that is able to minimise waiting times
The Forces Online Friendship System
How it all started - Everyone deserves a second chance!
The reasons why we do what we do
Matt served as a soldier from 1975-78 and Metropolitan Police officer from 1978 -1999
In 1999, Matt was discharged from the police with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Whilst undergoing treatment, he was encouraged by his counsellor to write about his career and his experience of murders, shootings and terrorism.
Rick a retired RAF Air Commodore the son of a Battle of Britain pilot, his flying career has been spent mainly on fighters and he has over 1000 hours on each of the Lightning, Phantom and Tornado.
Rick is a published Author with his book "Rate of Climb" available on Amazon and the current Chairman of Battle of Britain Tours.
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We are looking for a senior ARMY representative/Ambassador to figurehead Forces Online. In the first instance call Len on 0300 300 2288 for an informal chat about what is involved in this role, and a chance to work with and promote a very responsive and growing Military Charity. Alternatively you can email email@example.com
YOUR NAME HERE
We are looking for a senior NAVY representative/Ambassador to figurehead Forces Online. In the first instance call Len on 0300 300 2288 for an informal chat about what is involved in this role, and a chance to work with and promote a very responsive and growing Military Charity. Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Len founded forces online in 2013 following a chat with an old forces colleague living in Spain, and used social media to send a lot of old military photographs from a Northern Ireland Tour back in 1997/8 where Lt Col Iain Corden-Lloyd was KIA. Len quickly realised the power of social media and began to develop Forces Online. Len has family from all three services. His own father served in the Royal Navy throughout WWII from 1937 until 1949. His step-father served in the RAF, and his mother in the Army. The organisation became a charity in 2020 and Len worked many years as a professional childcare worker to raise the money to front the organisation. He realised that there is similarities between the two support mechanisms i.e. Children & Veteran's. Len is the mastermind behind the web & database development. Prior to working with children Len was a leisure manager and before that he was in the Army.
Keith joined the organisation in 2020. He is heading up Finance & Estates. Keith has many years experience of accountancy and business management. On a personal level he is involved as an Olympic shotgun coach/judge.
David joined the organisation in 2014 and he currently heads up the Legal department. David is currently a Trustee and he is a campaigner for the CommonWealth Soldiers.
I am current still serving in the Armed Forces and have a wealth of knowledge and experience in managing teams of people. I head up HR for Forces Online
My name is Edward (Edd) I am Ex RAF and the head of Fundraising and currently have some teams working in Scotland. I have experience with direct sales. I live in Scotland and have been with the organisation for four years.
Bill has decided for personal reasons to leave Forces Online and is no longer connected with us.
My name is Robert am am Ex Forces. Prior to working for SSAFA in Glasgow I previously worked in a bank and in Housing. I now Manage the THMHF, and am a member of the Welfare Team.
My name is Phil. I served in the Army and later in the Police. I am currently the Chair of Forces Online. I have previous experience working with other charities. I am now retired.
My name is Eve. I currently work in a primary school and am studying for a Diploma in therapeutic counselling. I am the 2IC of Welfare at Forces Online and an intermediate counsellor.
My name is Sean I am the head of Assurance for Forces Online, working behind the scene to make sure that our services are quality checked and compliant with the latest statutory requirements.
My name is Rebecca I have recently joined the team as a volunteer Grant Funding lead.
The Forces Online branding on our social media above shows an inlaid Forces Online earlier image with the Tri-Services Badge and the newer Tudor Rose inlaid into the background. They also show the charity numbers and Armed Forces badges. The example above is from Len's social media business page. The two images below are both our main images which are fully copyrighted by Len.
The Land, Sea, Air Logo
The Tudor Rose Logo
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