On Thursday 7th September 2017 at the The Royal British Legion Greater Manchester & Lancashire Area Awards Evening held at the Village Hotel in Bury, VIC was nominated in the Third Sector Award category. We were up against other very worthy third sector organisations including Dig In West whom we have worked with since 2012 and Sale Sharks.
VIC won this category. A big thank you to our members and partners that made this possible.
The citation for VIC was:
Veterans In Communities is one of the many brilliant grass roots organisations that we work with. What sets it apart is its commitment to community and the reintegration of veterans into civilian society. VIC offers a wide range of programmes that bring people together, develop skills and provide support. And their staff and volunteers are enthusiastic, committed and have a real belief in their work. When you visit VIC you can feel the family environment and the sense of positivity from everyone there and that can only be a good thing for veterans who feel that they need help taking the next step.
On Thursday 9th February 2017 two VIC members, Liz Hamilton and Bob Elliott were invited to a champagne reception at the House of Lords in London as finalists in the national Soldiering On Awards Soldiering On Awards - Charity.
It was an opportunity to share the work of VIC with the five other finalists in the category Working Together and to meet some of the judges. The other finalists in the Working Together category are: Army Training Regiment Winchester; Brunei Stables Pony/Saddle Club; Forces Friends Project; The Invicta Foundation and Veterans Information Network Nottinghamshire.
On March 24, four members returned to London to the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge Hotel where the winners were announced in an Awards ceremony hosted by former news reader Angela Rippon and Cassidy Little an ex Royal Marine and winner of BBC's Strictly in Aid of Comic Relief.
We would not have got to be a finalist for this award without all the effort that all our members have put in over the last five years. It was a team award and recognition should go to everyone who has had a part to play in VIC being selected as a finalist; there are too many names to mention.
The Soldiering On Awards provide national recognition for the outstanding achievements of those who have served their country and individuals and groups who work together with the Armed Forces Community.
The Awards’ aim is simple: to encourage support for the UK’s Armed Forces Community by nationally recognising the achievements of groups, individuals and organisations that support this community.
Veterans In Communities were nominated in the Not for Profit Business Award Category. The Awards were held at St Mary's Chamber in Rawtenstall. VIC were the winner of this category