International Day of Charity is the perfect opportunity to talk about our work

We know that making the decision to leave the Armed Forces is just the start of your journey, so we provide support each step of the way from employment services to welfare and grants.

We understand that making the decision to leave the Armed Forces is just the start of a transition journey but it’s when the OA’s services start to be most relevant. The aim of any career transition is to achieve a fulfilling and sustainable career in a role that feels right and takes into account individual circumstances. We help to make this happen:

Employment services

Last year, we supported nearly 5,000 officers through their transition. Our events across the country give officers the opportunity to network with employers and fellow officers, as well as gaining valuable insight into how their skills and experience gained in the Armed Forces can be applied to civilian jobs.

Our Career Consultants give expert, personalised advice, helping Service Leavers to discover the industry and roles that best fit them.

Former Royal Marines officer, Neil Williams met said: “Thanks to the OA Career Consultants advice and support, I understood my career options and identified the job roles I wanted.”

Advice and financial support

We’re also here for officers, their families and dependants during challenging times. Our dedicated team managed over 1,000 cases in 2016-17, providing welfare advice, signposting to other organisations and financial support.

“The OA is here to support the officer community in difficult circumstances.” Nigel Hare, OA Operations Director said: “Our team is dedicated to providing the best possible service, and we do all we can to help.”

Our Honorary Representatives volunteer their time to help support beneficiaries, helping to assess their needs from the comfort of their own home. Our grants have helped former officers and their families with ongoing living costs, and our one-off payments have helped items such as cover funeral costs and white goods.

With our 100th anniversary on the horizon we aim to continue supporting former officers and their dependants through our employment and benevolence services. Find out more about our work in our latest Impact Report.