The Sussex, Kent and Medway Armed Forces Network have received national recognition for their enduring commitment to supporting the armed forces sector with a nomination at the 2020 Soldiering On Awards.
These national awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of those who have served their country, as well as the people and groups who work together in support of the Armed Forces community.
The Sussex, Kent and Medway Armed Forces Network have been shortlisted for the Forces in Mind Trust Working Together Award, which recognises a person, team or organisation that has demonstrated an enduring commitment and collaborative approach to supporting the armed forces within the wider community.
Kate Parkin, Director of Armed Forces Community for the fifteen NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Sussex, Kent and Medway said: “We are really proud to be a finalist for the nationally renowned Soldiering On Awards. Our work continues to expand, with a focus on supporting the Armed Forces Community through partnership working, and is being shared nationally due to its success locally. All the statutory organisations and charities locally are an integral part of the work, so it is fantastic to be recognised for this by the Forces In Mind Trust.”
The Sussex, Kent and Medway Armed Forces Network includes experts from the NHS, MoD, reservists, veterans, the Royal British Legion and SSAFA as well as other organisations such as the police and fire service. The members work together to improve the lives of the armed forces community. The network also includes over 1100 champions from a wide range of the organisations across Sussex, Kent and Medway who are advocates for the armed forces community and have the skills and knowledge to support them. The Network Team currently engage each year with around 3000 people from the Armed Forces Community and directly support over 1000.