In line with our annual report for the Charity Commission, for the year 2018 – 2019, here is a record of our work.

Readers of last year’s update will recall our identifying a need to develop an activities-based approach to personal career management. Our search for something suitable led us to see the value of heritage-based projects as a useful vehicle to delivering skill development, our career transition coaching and valuable work experiences to enable job-seekers to use as a platform to ‘sell’ their capabilities and worth to potential employers. We brought an archaeology and heritage group into the Soldier On! family and spent the year delivering heritage-based projects alongside our career management courses.

Significant activities:

  • We brought the heritage project into the charity.
  • Changes made to articles and approved by Charity Commission
  • Founder, Nicholas Harrison who has stepped down as CEO, remaining a Trustee, invited to judge the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards and dinner
  • Nominated as charity of choice for British Ex-Forces in Business Awards
  • One of our members signs us up as benefitting charity from Trans-Atlantic row – Team Row4Victory. We attend The Great Yorkshire Show, ‘Yorkshire Mafia’ business networking event and York races, on the Row4Victory stand. Nicholas Harrison, Founder and Trustee speaks at R4V dinner in Harrogate
  • We are hugely grateful to The Banner Flag People, who donate two branded banners for events
  • Our Founder enrols onto a part-time PhD, researching armed forces career transitions with the Northern Veterans’ Research Hub
  • Week-long heritage project in Folkestone – Graveyard survey and excavations with Canterbury Archaeological Trust and Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Two-week archaeology project in Wales – 24 participants – 250+ visitors with our partners North West Heritage and Liverpool John Moores University
  • 3-day geo-phys and investigations at potential new site in south Yorkshire with NW Heritage
  • 3-day geo-phys project at Royal Hospital Chelsea – 6 participants with NW Heritage and Liverpool John Moores University
  • Planning for new project running in conjunction with Ministry of Defence, to take place, 2020
  • New designs approved for merchandise, continued relationship with Splash Clothing
  • Long-term one-to-one career transition support given over several months to SEVEN people, all of whom found new employment
  • Trustees, Nicholas Harrison, Andrew Richardson together with Manager from National Trust discuss veterans’ mental health and heritage projects in Kent for an hour with BBC Radio Kent
  • We held our first academic conference in Manchester with Manchester Metropolitan University, looking at safeguarding, welfare, impact and mental health support through heritage projects. Our guest speaker was Lt Commander Dr Matthew Kiernan, from Northumbria University and formerly the head of mental health nursing for the Royal Navy.