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June 21st 2017

A focus on Reserves Day 2017

Petty Officer Andrew Maltby and Able Seaman Gary Slater

Petty Officer Andrew Maltby and Able Seaman Gary Slater wearing their military uniforms at work

Across the East Midlands you have been marking Reserves Day 2017.

 

Reservists with representatives from Notts County Council outside County Hall on Reserves Day

Reservists with representatives from Notts County Council outside County Hall on Reserves Day

HMS Sherwood  and Royal Air Force (RAF) Reserves were among those at Nottinghamshire County Council with recruitment stalls for Reserves Day.

The reservists spoke to staff and explained how they fit their day jobs around their reserve career at the event at County Hall in West Bridgford.

Reservists from HMS Sherwood speaking to a member of council staff

Reservists from HMS Sherwood speaking to a member of council staff

Warrant Officer Class 1 Sean Jones, from HMS Sherwood, said: “It is important for us to engage with members of the public and raise the profile of our unit whenever we can. Some people are surprised that there is a Royal Naval Reserve unit in Nottingham as we are quite far away from the sea, but there are so many opportunities for our reservists to take part in training activities, travel and meet new people I would encourage anyone looking for a new challenge to get in touch with us.

Two transport organisations in Derby went as far as making t-shirts to show their support for reservists.

Bulk Freight (Midlands) Ltd and Fred Sherwood Group Ltd of Castle Donington have had the t-shirts printed to show their support.

Andy Disney, Company Secretary at both Bulk Freight (Midlands) Ltd and Fred Sherwood Group Ltd, said: “We have had a t-shirt printed for each of our drivers who have previously served with the military to show them we recognise the valuable contribution they make to our business.

“This is the first time we have taken part in Reserves Day as an organisation and we have received excellent feedback from the team so far. I’m sure our customers will equally be as enthusiastic and supportive.”

Drivers wearing Reserves Day t shirts

Drivers wearing Reserves Day t shirts

Among the companies that allowed their reservists to wear their uniform to work were Nottingham City Transport.

Mick Leafe, Andrew Maltby and Gary Slater at Nottingham City Transport's Parliament Street Garage

Mick Leafe, Andrew Maltby and Gary Slater at Nottingham City Transport’s Parliament Street Garage ahead of Reserves Day

The HMS Sherwood pair of Able Seaman Gary Slater and Petty Officer Andrew Maltby wore their Royal Navy Reserve uniform, Gary driving his bus with Andrew in the company’s central Nottingham control room.

Gary thanks Nottingham City Transport for being so supportive. He said: “My managers have been really flexible in allowing me to rearrange my shifts to complete my military courses, which really has made my life easier.”

Andrew added: “We hope our colleagues and members of the public will take this opportunity to find out more about our roles and learn more about the opportunities available at HMS Sherwood in Nottingham.”

Reservist Lloyd Watts teaching a lesson at Nottingham College

Reservist Lloyd Watts teaching a lesson at Nottingham College

At Nottingham College, Maths and English teacher Lloyd Watts was one of the teachers that wore their uniform to work.

The member of C (Kohima) Company, 4th Battalion, The Mercian Regiment was able to take on the job thanks to qualifications he gained through being a reservist.

He said: “The qualifications I gained through the Army gave me the teaching qualifications I needed for the job. I was able to build up the experience through the Army courses and this opportunity came up.

“I still wanted to carry on my military career though and that’s why I got involved with C (Kohima) Company. I really enjoy being a reservist and get a lot out of it. Both my careers certainly keep me busy and active.”

Also from C Company and wearing their uniform  to work was Major Rob Spalton, a lecturer at the Royal Air Force College.

Rob said: “On Reserves Day I was teaching Contemporary Conflicts, including about Afghanistan, so there is a direct synergy between the day job and the reserves role which in turn links back into my teaching role.

“Having that experience and being a current reservist gives you a lot of credibility in the job.”

Bridgeway Consulting's Dominic Whitehead at Rail Live event

Bridgeway Consulting’s Dominic Whitehead at Rail Live event

Another employer encouraging reservists to wear their uniform to work for Reserves Day was Bridgeway Consulting Ltd.

Staff at the company, which has its headquarters in Nottingham, also raised money for the Royal British Legion.

Mark Lindahl, a Director at Bridgway Consulting, said: “Bridgway Consulting wholly support all reservists working for the company and applaud the effort they go to in their continually challenging roles.”

Finally, all this week we’re asking you to #SaluteOurForces and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have done just! The below image was taken when they held an Armed Forces flag raising event to mark to start of Armed Forces week 2017.

 

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Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

“It is important for us to engage with members of the public and raise the profile of our unit whenever we can."