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celebrating armed forces day

26 June 2021

celebrating armed forces day

Since its launch in 2006, Armed Forced Day (formerly Veterans Day) is celebrated throughout the UK every year on the last Saturday in June.  

It was created to celebrate the contributions, both past and present, of those who have served in the British Armed Forces. 

This year, to mark Armed Forces Day, please watch this incredibly moving short clip from Steve Warburton our Fire Safety Manager to find out why it’s so important that we support those who have served, and learn more about the challenges people face when they return to life as a civilian.


Our commitment to supporting the Armed Forces 

It is estimated that 10 per cent of Greater Manchester’s population are veterans. While most of them will have successfully adapted to civilian life, putting the skills and experience they acquired while serving in the Armed Forces to good use, a significant minority may need support either at the point of discharge or many years later. Many of these people could be working alongside you or living in one of our homes.

Irwell Valley Homes has signed the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant which is our pledged to support those who serve in the Armed Forces, whether Regular or Reserve, those who have served in the past, and also their families.  

By signing up to the covenant we promise to offer the Armed Forces communities, access to fair and equitable services and support. This is a national pledge in recognition of the struggles and difficulties that veterans and serving personnel may face, either during their time in service or when they return to civilian life. You can read about our commitment here.   

Celebrating and recognising the contributions of those we know. 

John Westwood our IT manager and Ralph Rudden, the Chair of Our Sale West have shared their stories from their time in the Armed Forces you can watch them here.