Make a difference! No matter how small or large, every donation helps.  Why not donate £5, £10, £15 per month to serve those who served us.
In just a few easy steps whether it is online or by completing the Standing Order form, you could make a real difference.
A Standing Order is an instruction you give to your bank or building society to authorise a payment for a set amount, usually on a regular basis, to be made to another UK bank or building society account. On the day specified, your account will be debited and the money transferred to the person or business receiving the money.

You can register your details and set up a standing order through any one of the following methods:

  • By Virgin Money:
    Visit www.hireahero.org.uk: select DONATE and follow the links or visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com and search for Hire a Hero.
  • Online:
    If you have online banking, log onto your account and complete the relevant sections adding Hire a Hero bank details.
  • By visiting your local branch:
    Ask for a Standing Order Form, complete the form adding Hire a Hero bank details (above) and hand over your completed form to the cashier.
  • By downloading and completing a Standing Order Form You can either:
    Scan your completed form and email it to your bank AND to info@hireahero.org.uk or Post your completed form to Hire a Hero, Caerleon House, Sycamore Suite, Mamhilad Park Estate, Monmouthshire. NP4 0HZ.

 

A very happy new year from the Hire a Hero team! Whether you’re continuing your job board or looking to start a fresh in 2018 find out how Hire a Hero can support you:

Job Board

Our job board is regularly updated with opportunities across the country and from a wide variety of career sectors. All employers are specifically interested in recruiting ex-military personnel given their knowledge of the transferable skills they have to offer. Take a look at our live vacancies now: Hire a Hero Job Board

Career Coaching

Working with a Hire a Hero Career Coach can change your outlook on your job search. Our Career Coaches are all volunteers with their own specialism so we aim to match you with someone best suited to your needs. It’s so simple to begin working with one of our Career Coaches, just get in touch with our Military Liaison Officer, Jinty: jinty@hireahero.org.uk. Find out more about what our Career Coaches can offer you: Hire a Hero Career Coach

Networking

We’re aware that often it’s more about who you know than what you know which is why, when you sign up to work with Hire a Hero, our network is your network. Let us help you open doors, gain insight and connect you to the right people. This is done mostly through our Career Coaches to suit your needs. Find out more: Hire a Hero Networking

At Hire a Hero we aim to serve those who served us by doing whatever it takes for as long as it takes. If you don’t feel like you fit in to any of the areas above then we urge you to still get in touch. If Hire a Hero are not right for you we will signpost you to the best available support.

info@hireahero.org.uk

www.hireahero.org.uk

01495 366670

We’re so pleased to share with you that Hire a Hero have received a Silver Defence Employer Recognition Award. 

This is the second Silver Defence Employer Recognition Award we have received as a charity since the scheme began in 2014.  

The scheme aims to encourage employers to support our Armed Forces and their families as well as inspire others to do so too.  

As a charity which aims to support those who have served in their transition to civilian life by doing whatever it takes for as long as it takes, we are always pleased to be recognised not only for the work we do day-to-day but also to raise awareness of how we can support anyone who is struggling in their transition and finding employment. 

Our Military Liaison Officer, Jinty Morgan received our Silver Award at the official Defence Employer Recognition event in Cardiff last week. 

Thank you to all those who voted for us to receive this award and for your on-going support. 

Two weeks ago today some of the Hire a Hero team and our supporters were taking part in the London Bridge Walk.

The 12 Bridges, 12 Bars, 12 Miles challenge was not just a fundraising event for Hire a Hero but also a 12 mile networking walk, visiting bars along the way and finishing with an extended networking event. Our team were joined by Hire a Hero supporter, Terence Moore and Hire a Hero Career Coach, Kevin French.

A total of £2000 was raised and we’ve also gathered some new vacancies which are and will be live on our job board for those who have served.

A big thank you to those who joined us for the walk and those who supported us on the day, our Ambassadors, Martin Lewis of NCPI Solutions who joined us on the walk and Ambassador, Ron Weekes of ACA Compliance who provided our walkers with their Hire a Hero branded polo shirts which really helped to advertise the event and promote Hire a Hero on the day.

You can still donate here: mydonate.bt.com/events/londonbridgewalk.

If you’re interested in organising your own fundraising event, or attending a Hire a Hero arranged fundraising event then get in touch with our Development Officer, Axel: axel@hireahero.org.uk.

 

One of our dedicated supporters Paul Vicary is currently cycling from London to Amsterdam in aid of Hire a Hero.

Find out more about the man behind the challenge:

Paul has nearly 30 years military experience, having joined the British Army at the age of 16 into the Light Infantry (Rifles).  During his time in the military, he has been to all of the ‘nice’ places; worked in highly pressurised and hostile environments.  He now looks towards other challenging environments; pushing the boundaries, as well as raising money for charities and assisting the local community.

He walked, as part of a 3 man team, under the leadership of the Late Henry Worsley, unsupported to the South Pole in 2011/12.  This was in the footsteps of Captain Scott, celebrating his centenary, covering over 920 miles, taking 76 days, and remarkably, arriving the same day at the Pole as Captain Scott and his team did. They managed to raise over £200,000 for injured servicemen.

Since this time, for charity, he has cycled Land’s End to John O Groats, London to Paris in 24hrs, and recently taken a charity group on a trek to Everest Base Camp.

He has currently embarked on probably one of the last and most difficult arenas in the world today, venturing with 2 other colleagues to the Geographic North Pole, totally unsupported.  Paul and his team documented the effects on the Arctic Ocean, as well as raising money for Hire a Hero.  The team was congratulated by Ranulph Fiennes on their accomplishment.

This year he will be cycling from London to Amsterdam for charity and will attempt to get a group of 30 ladies to Everest Base Camp on a charity trek; as well as juggling his busy work, life, with his wife and three young children.

Q&A:

Why you chose to fundraise for Hire a Hero?

Firstly, I have ties with your Founder and I come from a military background myself; I want to support Hire a Hero, raising awareness, plus raise any charity funds for this worthy charity .

What drives you to do these challenges?

Great question!  Personally, as a goal – challenge, the health benefits and something to aim for in life- as well as raising money for charity, raising awareness towards great causes.

 

You can support Paul by visiting his fundraising page: Paul VirginMoney Giving Page.

Today is Giving Tuesday, the day in which generosity can be collectively shared in support of those in need.

48% of Early Service Leavers are unemployed six months after leaving

Almost half of those who have served in our Armed Forces for four to six years will find themselves unemployed six months after their discharge. Can you imagine having spent this time serving your country to have such difficulty re-integrating and finding suitable employment which makes the most of the skills you have gained during this time?

Hire a Hero aims to serve those who have served us by supporting them as they make the transition back into civilian life. This could be through mentoring, career coaching, networking or signposting for welfare issues, no matter what the issue, at Hire a Hero we do whatever we can to support those who have served.

Good friends, good network and good luck!

The basis of the support provided by Hire a Hero aims to give service leavers the key components which we believe lead to a successful transition: good friends, a good network and good luck.

Some of those transitioning to civilian life have stated that they feel a real loss and miss the camaraderie of military life. Good friends in civilian life are very important to rebuild this and create a stable footing. When seeking employment, those who have served may not have been focused on building their civilian network making their job search that more difficult. Hire a Hero believe that we can provide service leavers with the good luck as well as a friendly support network who can give insights, open doors, point you in the right direction, offer opportunities or just lend a listening ear.

How your donations help

This Giving Tuesday, Hire a Hero are asking you to support our Six for Six campaign.

Service leavers who work with Hire a Hero are six times more likely to gain employment when they work with one of our trained Career Coaches.

By donating just £6 a month for six months you are contributing to the recruiting of volunteer Transition Support Guides and all the necessary training provided as well as on going running costs of our Transition Support Guide Scheme.

Each Transition Support Guide is able to work with two service leavers at any one time, ensuring that all support provided is individualised and each service leavers is gaining the level of support they require.

To date 102 service leavers have been supported into employment while in contact with one of our Transition Support Guides.

Ways to donate

Set up a monthly payment

Visit our donation page online

Send a one off text donation – ‘HSIX46 £6’ to 70070

Cheque by post

Last month saw the unveiling of the Hire a Hero Trustees Annual Report.

The report covers the 20 months dating back to March 2013, when the charity’s organisational structure was newly established.

In this period Hire a Hero received 374 enquiries – an average of four new clients a week.

Since March 2013 the charity has assisted at least 74 service leavers to find employment.

Of those, 16 have been placed directly in to employment by Hire a Hero, while 58 secured employment thanks to the support of the charity’s mentoring programme.

Our typical client is male, living in Wales and served in the Regular Army for less than 10 years. However, six per cent served in the Royal Air Force, 5 per cent in the Royal Navy and 3 per cent as Royal Marines.

The majority of clients, 28 percent (104), reached out for the support of Hire a Hero between one and four years post discharge. However one in five prospective service leavers (74) accessed the services of the charity less than one year since discharge.

It can therefore be concluded that that nearly half, 44 per cent (166) of clients engaged with Hire a Hero supplementary to respective resettlement entitlements.

In total, the charity received 349 employment related enquiries – 186 of which were applications for vacancies through the Career Transition Partnership. It is procedure, as part of a working agreement with CTP that the offer of mentor support be offered only to those clients making enquiries directly to Hire a Hero.

Therefore, of the 163 employment-related enquiries made directly to the charity 93 per cent (152) chose to enrol on the mentoring scheme.

Of the 152 service leavers who have been linked to a mentor 38 per cent (58) have been successfully supported in to employment.

This figure, when compared to the success rate of 254 applications for employment – 6 per cent – means that it can be concluded that service leavers are over six times more likely to secure employment through mentoring.

It is the charity’s belief therefore that through individualised support, characterised throughout the mentoring programme, service leavers are best supported in securing meaningful civilian employment.

The findings and performance of Hire a Hero are explored in more detail in the Trustees Annual Report.

To request your electronic copy please e-mail: info@hireahero.org.uk.

As of today we are able to announce that Hire a Hero will be advertised in select Starbucks stores on the in-store community board.

Hire a Hero have been included in the updating of the community boards in Starbucks branches across the country and we hope to grow support of the charity as we put out a call for volunteers, fundraisers and mentors.

Starbucks have a significant presence in the UK, with 760 stores across the country and we are honoured to have been given this opportunity to share the work of Hire a Hero and encourage others to get involved and serve those who have served us.

What we now ask from our supporters who regularly visit their local Starbucks is to keep an eye out for our posters and let us know where you find us across the country.

Send us a photo via email (info@hireaherouk.org), tweet us or post on our Facebook page and share with us the Hire a Hero posters you find on the morning coffee run.

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SUCCESS: The Gorillas at the finish line

SUCCESS: The Gorillas at the finish line

Sunday saw the Hire a Hero Gorillas take on the third of the 12 in 12 challenges.

Scaling Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough the Gorillas, based in South Shields, completed the challenge in 12 hours and five minutes.

Reflecting on the climb in aid of the Welsh military charity the man behind the year-long challenge Haydn Richards described it has “bloody tough work”, weather accounting for lost time in the final third.

“We hit some pretty bad weather on the third mountain which set us back a couple of hours,” explained Richards.

“We really had to rely on the excellent map reading skills of Dez White [Gorillas Director] to navigate us back down with myself making sure we stayed on the right bearing.”

Richards praised his team’s efforts on the climb, assured that an improved time could be achieved in better conditions.

“The team had fantastic spirit from start to finish,” said Richards glowingly of his troops. “Some people really struggled and at times looked like they would have to call it a day, however they dug deep and saw it through to the finish.”

“Covering the 25 miles up and down Yorkshire’s biggest peaks in 12 hours and five minutes was a great achievement, we reckon we could do it in good condition in around ten.”

Richards, the Gorillas and everybody at Hire a Hero would like to take Vic Young for use of his bus for the day.

Next month sees the Gorillas embark on the final challenge before the New Year, the one million kilogram body pump.

You can support Hire a Hero by joining the Gorillas as part of the remaining nine challenges or by donating online here.

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