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Armed Forces Covenant Report 2017

  As regular visitors to the site will know, we regularly feature news on the progress and successes on the Armed Forces Covenant. In addition, we regularly update you on the reference points that The Royal British Legion uses to monitor its impact on the Armed Forces Community we serve. The latest report is now available, so you can update yourselves on its progress. The RBL has made its observations/comments on pages 20-21.   Editor                                                                                                    Armed Forces Covenant Report 2017  

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New Volunteering Opportunities Available

The St James’s Branch Committee are looking for members to join the management team in continuing its successes as the largest Royal British Legion Branch. On average, it will mean travelling to Haig House in London (travel expenses reimbursed) 4/5  times a year for committee meetings. For further details please follow this link Volunteering  Editor

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The Forces Media Academy invites applications for 2018

The Forces Media Academy is inviting applications from service leavers, veterans, and reservists to embark on a free one-year Higher National Certificate (HNC) Media Production Course. Live Media Environment The Academy, which is part of the Services Sound & Vision Corporation (SSVC), provides 15 ex-service personnel per year with the training, experience and qualifications they need to forge successful careers in the media, whether videography, digital, TV or radio. The accredited first-year degree course is run at SSVC’s headquarters in Buckinghamshire harnessing the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) and Forces TV, so students work in a live media environment, with award-winning media teams who understand the military, alongside the programme of lectures. The course includes:- Work experience and practical skills feature heavily in the course, which includes modules such as Camera and Lighting Skills, Film and Video Editing, Promo Video Production, Contextual Studies, Research Techniques and Practical Skills for Moving Image Production. Free HNC Course The Royal British Legion is The Forces Media Academy’s principal charity partner and provides each student with a £18,000 bursary to assist with living costs. The free HNC course is funded by the Chancellor’s LIBOR Fund. Forces Media Academy Director, Alistair Halliday, said: “Our first-course intake comes from a wonderfully diverse range of backgrounds and the students are already discovering where their interests lie in the media industry.  “It has been fascinating to see how each individual has tackled the syllabus – after just one term at the Academy the students are already demonstrating immense creativity, making great video content and developing expertise in specific subjects.” “We are delighted to be inviting applications for the next course, due to start in autumn of 2018, and we encourage service leavers, veterans, and reservists to get in touch if they are keen to know more about the unique benefits of studying at the Forces Media Academy. We remain hugely grateful for the support of the Royal British Legion, our principal charity partner, for their amazing bursary, along with a number of organisations who have given support.”  The Royal British Legion’s Head of Grants and Social Policy, Steven Baynes, said: “The Academy’s work is innovative and practical, building on the existing and highly transferable skills of those who serve in HM Armed Forces. We’re proud to provide bursary funding to make the course accessible to as many future media professionals as possible.” More here  

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“Thank You” Initiative Launched

Dear Member, With Remembrance being led by the Legion since 1921, the commemoration of the end of the First World War in 2018 is going to be one of the most memorable and significant moments in the history of the Legion and the entire nation. As members, you are the local custodians of Remembrance and we thought you should be the first to hear about our plans to invite the public to take part in a movement to say ‘Thank You’ to all those who served, sacrificed and changed the world during and after the First World War. During the last 100 days of the centenary, from 8th August to 11th November we want to encourage everyone to thank those who fought, those who returned and those who worked to rebuild the country for future generations and achieved incredible advancements in many areas including medicine, the arts and everyday life. We have already established partnerships with other organisations to help us deliver this project and we are in conversations with more partners. Through our collaboration with Never Such Innocence, an organisation focused on young people’s education about the First World War, we launched a competition to inspire schools and pupils to compose a poem, a song or other work of art to say Thank You and share a message of Remembrance and hope. Please visit the Thank You webpage to find out more and watch our film. We will keep you up to date with the latest news about the Thank You movement in the coming months. If you have any questions please contact the Thank You team – ThankYou@britishlegion.org.uk  Thank You Web Page  

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