Cardiff City FC Community Foundation, the official charity of Cardiff City Football Club has received a bronze award from the Ministry of Defence as part of the ‘Defence Employer Recognition Scheme’.

 

The award is given to an organisation that pledges to support the Armed Forces community and recognises the Bluebirds Charity’s commitment to providing opportunities and support for veterans and members of the Armed Forces community to gain employment.  

 

The Foundation’s Veterans Programme uses the inspiration of Cardiff City FC to reach veterans and ex-Armed Forces personnel who may be suffering from social isolation or at risk of becoming lonely, helping them to become more mentally and physically active.

 

The ‘Skills to Work’ element of the programme uses the familiar setting of Cardiff City Stadium as well as other community venues to work closely with veterans, external agencies and employers to support employment and volunteering opportunities.

 

Members of the Armed Forces community can face a number of barriers when integrating back into civilian life, which can affect their ability to gain employment.

 

Ex-servicemen and women hold a wide range of skills, qualifications and experiences that aren’t always recognised within civilian life, or by potential employers, which can affect self-confidence and motivation.

 

The programme works with key organisations across a number of different sectors to provide job fayres, inspirational speakers and employability workshops to provide support to those who need it.

 

The Foundation will continue to support veterans and members of the Armed Forces Community as we strive to help them achieve their full potential.