Reserves Day 2016 provides an opportunity for the whole of the UK to celebrate our Reserve Forces, and for Reservists to show pride in their service.
Formerly known as ‘Uniform to Work Day’, Reserves Day 2016 aims to increase recognition and awareness of the Reserve Forces and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAV) in order to support recruitment, retention and the development of a motivated force.
Reserves Day is now not only a chance for the UK’s thousands of Reservists & CFAV to show their commitment, it is also an opportunity for the hundreds of employers across the country to recognise their Reservist & CFAV employees.
Reservist and chartered engineer Major General John Crackett, Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets), said:
“I encourage all my fellow reservists to wear their uniforms with pride on Reserves Day. A lot of people don’t know much about the Reserves and perhaps you can help dispel some of the myths.
Time and again I have found that skills I have learned in the reserves have helped me succeed at work. My employer came to realise that my reserve service was good for me and good for the company too.”
By encouraging employees’ Reserve service, businesses and organisations are contributing to the defence and security of the UK.
And by taking part in Reserves Day 2016, businesses are encouraging discussion and activities throughout the day that increase understanding of Reservists & CFAV experiences.
So here are our Top 5 ‘Ways to support Reserves Day 2016’:
1. Invite your Reservists to wear their uniform to work on 8th September.
2. Put posters up at work to raise awareness of Reserves Day.
3. Hold a lunchtime talk, for your Reservist employees to speak to colleagues about their experience as a Reservist.
4. Play Reservist themed activities to promote the benefits that Reservists bring into the workplace.
5. Tweet #ReservesDay on 8th Sept to publicly declare your support.
And that’s not all…
As well as the activities listed above, employers and businesses can show their support by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.
There’s an event in London that anyone who is interested in finding more about the Reserves can attend in London on 2nd November. Please note spaces are limited.
The national event to celebrate Reserves Day will be at the Foreign Commonwealth Office, where select Reservists and their employers from around the country have been invited to a special event, similar to the event last year, to thank them for their continued support.
Last year, #ReservesDay was trending at number 5 in the UK, having reached 2.3 million people on Twitter on 24 Jun 15. Can we reach even more people for Reserves Day 2016?
The Reserves Day 2015 (RD15) video produced to showcase the role of the Reserve Forces was watched by over 182,000 people.
Traditional print and broadcast media reached 2.7m people, with particular success in regional press.
Still need some ideas?
Reservist Darren Baldwin decided to take part in Reserves Day 2015 to raise awareness of what the Reserve Forces do for the Hertfordshire Constabulary as well as the general public.
Raytheon Harlow celebrated Armed Forces Day with a networking lunch and presentations.
Children from Pyrgo Priory Primary School at Harold Hill in Essex got a surprise last year, when their teacher wore his uniform to work.
Two sisters joined the Army Reserve to push themselves out of their comfort zone and try new activities.
A father and his two sons will be wearing their reservist uniforms to work today instead of their civilian clothing to mark this year’s Reserves Day.