Serve On restores purpose and resilience to those whose leadership, loyalty and desire to help others might otherwise be wasted.
On one hand...
- The UK youth unemployment rate in March 2014 was 20%
- Unemployment generates hopelessness and lowers self-esteem
- There is a poor work ethic among the unemployed
- Entry-level employers rate work ethic higher than maths and english.
- The rise in gangs illustrates that young people need to belong to something.
On the other...
- 24,000 people leave the armed services every year.
- The nation needs to see our ex-servicemen as a resource not as either victims or heroes.
- Many ex-servicemen want to translate their skills into a civilian context allowing them to serve on.
- Leadership, integrity, loyalty, respect, capability, ‘street cred’ and discipline – these are all resources in ex-servicemen that are currently being wasted.
Together they could provide…
- Preventative work for weather/climate related events and response to weather/climate related events
- Post-natural disaster/conflict, where there is a need for physical and psychological reconstruction
- A proactive resource to the community to do the stuff that needs to be done
- A team based approach to managing community sentences
- Opportunities for personal and leadership development
- A rich source of mentors and role models
Where to find us
Salisbury Fire Station