Trust celebrates Armed Forces Week with Defence ERS Silver Award

June 20, 2022

This week (20-26 June) we’re celebrating Armed Forces Week and Armed Forces Day (Saturday 25 June), as well as the fabulous news that our Trust has been awarded the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award, in recognition of its commitment and support for defence personnel.

The ERS encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

Through this process we pledge to support the armed forces, including existing or prospective employees who are members of the community. The award comes after the we signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant in December 2019, which demonstrates the fact that the Trust is armed forces-friendly and open to employing reservists, armed forces veterans (including the wounded, injured and sick), cadet instructors and military spouses/partners.

Our Trust’s commitment to driving improvements in NHS care for veterans, reservists, members of the armed forces and their families was further recognised in May last year, when it was named a Veteran Aware Trust. We officially received the accreditation in June 2021 during a visit from one of the county’s Deputy Lieutenants (pictured above).

Armed Forces Week and Day 2022

Gloucester City Armed Forces Parade and Family Day

To mark Armed Forces Day this Saturday, there will
be a parade from Gloucester Cathedral to the front of the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum at Gloucester Docks, from 12.30pm. Onlookers will also be treated to an historic aircraft flypast.

Down at the Docks from 1pm, there will be a Family Day where visitors can meet members of our armed forces community, visit stalls and enjoy lots of entertainment and live music.

For further information visit the GAFD website>

World AIDS Day – 1st December

World AIDS Day – 1st December

Friday 1 December is #WorldAIDSDay – a global campaign by the National AIDS Trust, which has been recognised on 1st December every year since 1988. Its aim is to support those living with HIV, remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS-related illness, secure the rights of people living with the condition and continue the fight to end the stigma surrounding HIV.

Children’s flu – it’s not too late to vaccinate!

Children’s flu – it’s not too late to vaccinate!

With Flu season now well underway, our School Aged Immunisation Team would like to take this opportunity to remind parents of the importance of protecting their children against the virus by ensuring they have their flu vaccination.

Trust presented with Defence ERS Gold Award

Trust presented with Defence ERS Gold Award

Representatives from Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust were extremely proud and honoured this morning to receive the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award from the Wessex Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (WRFCA), in recognition of its commitment and support for defence personnel.