We’re relaunching and expanding our Armed Forces Community Programme

The Shaping Portsmouth team are pleased to announce the expansion of our Armed Forces Covenant programme, which is being renamed the Armed Forces Community programme. Encouraging Portsmouth businesses to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant and the Employer Recognition Scheme will still be a core part of the programme but we wanted to do […]

Shaping Portsmouth achieves Silver in the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme

We are beyond proud and delighted to announce that Shaping Portsmouth, through our Armed Forces Covenant programme, has been awarded the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award. The scheme recognises employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant. […]

Recognising the Female Veteran Identity

Written by Kirsty HillEducation & Community Lead Hi. I’m Kirsty, Shaping Portsmouth’s Education & Community Lead and a Royal Navy Veteran. The term Veteran, or soldier, typically evokes a male image, even female Veterans themselves don’t always identify with the term. Women have been present and serving in wars since the beginning, yet historically women […]

How to positively employ veterans transitioning from the Military

Written by Kate MizonArmed Forces Covenant Co-Lead As a veteran of 22 years, post-service by 18 months, I have fallen into the ‘job hopping’ category. If you’re not aware of what that is, then I’ll explain. According to research, upon leaving the Armed Forces, almost 42% of veterans will take up between 3 – 5 […]

Meet the new lead of our Armed Forces Covenant Programme

Shaping Portsmouth is pleased to welcome Andy Spencer as our new Armed Forces Covenant programme lead. For the past couple of years, Andy has been the Armed Forces Lead for Solent NHS Trust and is part of the Trust’s leadership team for the development and operation of NHS OpCOURAGE services in South-East England. He also […]

Attention! Free Armed Forces Day event this Saturday

  Head to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard from 10am – 4pm on Saturday 25 June for free activities and entertainment to mark Portsmouth Armed Forces Day. Portsmouth Armed Forces Day, which is organised by Portsmouth City Council, celebrates Portsmouth’s armed forces community – from currently serving personnel to service families, veterans and cadets. The entertainment will […]

Hovertravel is 1000th signatory in the South East to the Armed Forces Covenant

  Hovertravel has formally declared to ensure those who serve, or who have served in the armed forces, and their families are treated fairly, becoming the 1000th signatory in the South East to the Armed Forces Covenant. Neil Chapman, managing director of Hovertravel, explains: “With Portsmouth Naval Base being one of our closest neighbours we […]

Freedom of the City of Portsmouth for Falklands veterans and more

Veterans of the Falklands conflict are among those to be awarded the Freedom of the City of Portsmouth. The plan to grant the Freedom of the City to those who served overseas and at home during the conflict, as well as those who have dedicated their lives to service in Portsmouth, is to be formally […]

There is more to showing your commitment by signing the Armed Forces Covenant

On Wednesday 10th November 2021, the South East Regional Employer Engagement Director Andrew Gibbs, along with the 6 Regiment Army Air Corp and hosted by Lt Col Andrew Bushby, invited local employers to witness the signing of the Armed Forces Covenant by Fareham College, Eastleigh College and Expedition Security and of course enjoy breakfast, bringing […]

Events held at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport pay their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice on Remembrance Day

A number of events will be held at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to mark Remembrance this year.   Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Thursday 11 November   Remembrance Reflections in the HMS gallery and onboard First World War survivor HMS M.33 gives visitors the opportunity to experience the conflict through the eyes and words of naval personnel throughout history with a series of stories and poems penned by […]