Guest Article – Celebrating Forces Families
Do you know of a UK military family member who has done something extraordinary to support the Armed Forces Community? You can now nominate them for an award at the first Celebrating Forces Families (CFF) awards! The evening will be held on Friday 29th April 2022 at the Victory Services Club, London. Read on to find out the categories are and how you can nominate. Applications close on Friday 4th March.
This black tie awards evening is being organised to give thanks for, and focus on, the huge contribution that UK military families provide to the whole Armed Forces community, and the MOD is supporting the event through its Partner Employment Steering Group. It will take place in London at the Victory Services Club on Friday 29th April 2022, where shortlisted nominees will be invited to be part of an Awards Evening to remember! Tickets will be on sale to attend per person or for tables of 10.
How to nominate
Simply go to the CFF Awards page online to choose your category and then hit the ‘Nominate’ button on the top right corner of that page to access the form.
Nominations can acknowledge simple acts of kindness or recognise someone who has overcome adversity through a key life experience. You could also nominate a business that’s run by a military family member whilst living a mobile lifestyle. Or perhaps celebrate a forces friendly employer who actively seeks to employ family members of those who serve.
Let us hear those amazing stories of contribution that we know are out there!
Inspirational family member of the year – our headline award
This is for someone who has gone the extra mile as a family member of the Armed Forces community. And, as a result of their efforts, they have also helped inspire others.
Young people’s award: Giving back to the Armed Forces community
For a child of someone who serves who has given their time and energy to the betterment of the Armed Forces community.
Family volunteer of the year
This could be a military family or individual family member of any age who has volunteered towards an Armed Forces cause.
An award for a military family member who has experienced and achieved success despite living through an unfortunate event, experiencing difficulties or challenges. Challenges might be mental, emotional or social – or all three!
Military family charity of the year
A charity which has provided exemplar support to Armed Forces families during 2021.
Social media influencer of the year
For someone who is part of the military family, has over 5k followers on a platform and has been instrumental in spreading the word and supporting the Armed Forces community through social media.
Armed Forces Advocate(s) of the year
The winner publicly and positively supports the Armed Forces. This could be a school, group/club, family or an individual!
Small business owner of the year
For a military family member who has set up their own business due to the nature of a mobile lifestyle in the Armed Forces and made it the best it can be, no matter what size.
Exemplar Forces friendly employer of the year
For an employer who has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, uses Forces Families Jobs and is actively seeking and supporting the employment of partners of those who Serve in the Armed Forces.
Thank you to our sponsors
We couldn’t have run this event without the crucial support and sponsorship of our sponsors; all of whom have signed the Armed Forces Covenant. We’ll be sharing more about each of these organisations in due course:
- Headline sponsor, Parkdean Resorts
- Reception sponsor, Harrison Clark Rickebys
- Media sponsors, BFBS
- Award sponsors: Parkdean Resorts, Anglia Ruskin University, Right Management, Naval and RAF Families Federations, Defence Discount Service, Marks & Spencer and Supporting the Unsung Hero
- Military Wives Choir: Barclays
Meet our presenters
All awards will be announced by our guest presenter, Richard Jones – the only Magician to ever win Britain’s Got Talent alongside BFBS Broadcaster, Amy Casey who is also an RAF Reservist in her spare time. The well-loved Peter Dickson will also provide the evening’s voice-over commentary.
Contact the CFF Event Team at info@celebratingforcesfamilies.
Follow the event as it unfolds on Facebook and Instagram @celebratingforcesfamilies.