About

Forces Online CIO (also known as Forces Online) is a registered  CIO Charity first registered on the 7th April 2020 Registration Number 1188955 (England and Wales). On the 21st January 2021 Forces Online Scotland was registered with OSCR Registration Number SC050678. The organisation is a cross border charity set up to work with veterans across the whole of the United Kingdom for:

"The Relief of Former Armed Forces Service Personnel, who are in need by reason of age, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage in particular but not exclusively by providing them with help and assistance and by offering them a sign posting service to expert support providers for their benefit".

The organisation was was founded in September 2013.

In short this mean that we help veterans and their families wherever we can.

PRODUCTS

The Tom Howat Memorial Hardship Fund

TOM HOWAT MEMORIAL HARDSHIP FUND

Remembering Tom's work with homeless and other veteran's who are down on their luck. The restricted hardship fund is part of the Forces Online welfare department and is used specifically for veterans hardship cases.

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MILITARY MEMORIALS UNITED KINGDOM

When the memorials we being damaged in the United Kingdom Forces Online CIO started a support group and  a petition to gather names of people that were unhappy about the damage to our Military heritage .

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WELFARE SUPPORT & RIGHTS

The Welfare Support team work tirelessly to help veterans and their families from all over the United Kingdom. We are able to provide therapeutic interventions as well as support for a whole range of issues.

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THE VETERANS DIRECTORY

The Veterans Directory is a FREE resource to armed forces organisations that help veterans and their families in the United Kingdom.  Click the link above to add yours into our County based veterans directory service.

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THE VETERANS VIRTUALHUB

The VirtualHub is open daily Monday-Saturday from 10am. Veteran's and their families can drop-in during open meetings to banter and sort out any issues they may have.  The hub is an ASDIC accredited virtual region.

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EXTENSIVE SOCIAL MEDIA REACH & MEMBERS

Our extensive social media reach over Facebook, Linked-In and Twitter and our ability to share with other groups in the network enhances our ability to communicate across the whole of the armed forces community.

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CHAT HEROES TO THE RESCUE

Chat Heroes provide a live chat environment on all of our websites to help veterans and families communicate with Forces Online, which in turn helps us with a responsive service that is able to minimise waiting times

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ASSOCIATE SERVICE - MEDAL LOCATOR

We are pleased to be associated with Kevin Mann who runs the Medal Locator service.  If your medals are stolen or lost then Medal Locator should be your first port of call.  We also have more about medals HERE

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Military Memorials UK

Military Memorials UK song - Lest We Forget kindly donated by MVCA

Tom Howat Memorial Hardship Fund

Tom's memory lives on  through the THMHF

Forces Online Network

An insight into the world of Forces Online

Forces Online County Groups

The Veterans Directory on display

The Forces Online Friendship System

How it all started - Everyone deserves a second chance!

10,000 Reasons

The reasons why we do what we do

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TEAM

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MATT JOHNSON

PATRON

Matt  served as a soldier from 1975-78 and Metropolitan Police officer from 1978 -1999
In 1999, Matt was discharged from the police with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Whilst undergoing treatment, he was encouraged by his counsellor to write about his career and his experience of murders, shootings and terrorism.

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RICK PEACOCK EDWARDS

AMBASSADOR

Rick a retired RAF Air Commodore the son of a Battle of Britain pilot, his flying career has been spent mainly on fighters and he has over 1000 hours on each of the Lightning, Phantom and Tornado.
Rick is a published Author with his book "Rate of Climb" available on Amazon and the current Chairman of Battle of Britain Tours.

Len Chappell CEO/Founder

LEN CHAPPELL

Len founded Forces Online in October 2003 and now is the current CEO working full-time from his Swindon office and online most days in the VirtualHub.  Len is a self-taught web developer.

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MICK EMM

Mick an RAF veteran has been with Forces Online since 2014.  He started as the Nottinghamshire VSC and enhanced his web development ability.  Mick is now the main site manager/developer.

David McMullen - Head of Legal & Contracts

DAVID McMULLEN

David joined the organisation in 2014 and he currently heads up the Legal department.  David is currently a Trustee and he is a campaigner for the CommonWealth Soldiers.

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KEITH SHIELDS

My name is Keith.  I have previous experience working with some Blue Chip Companies as a Corporate Accountant. My pastimes include International Olympic Clay Shooting & Judge.

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EDWARD SWANSON

My name is Edward (Edd) I am Ex RAF and the head of Fundraising and currently have some teams working in Scotland. I have experience with direct sales.  I live in Scotland  and have been with the organisation for four years.

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WENDY POWELL JONES

My name is Wendy I am the head of Welfare and manage the services and counselling staff connected with Welfaresupport.net I currently live in France. I worked for the NHS for many years as a qualified therapist.

Bill Harley - Head of UK Merchandise

BILL HARLEY

My name is Bill and I am head of Merchandising.  I also manage the Moathouse Community and Veterans Drop-In Centre in Wednesfield which is a joint venture between Wolverhampton Home and Forces Online.

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ROBERT McGINLAY

My name is Robert am am Ex Forces.  Prior to working for SSAFA in Glasgow  I previously worked in a bank and in Housing.   I now Manage  the THMHF, and am a  member of the Welfare Team.
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PHIL ELLAWAY

My name is Phil. I served in the Army and later in the Police.  I am currently the Chair of Forces Online. I have previous experience working with other charities. I am now retired.

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EVE WINSTANLEY

My name is Eve. I currently work in a primary school and am studying for a Diploma in therapeutic counselling. I am the 2IC of Welfare at Forces Online and  an intermediate  counsellor.

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DIANE NICHOLLS

My name is Diane I work as a volunteer VirtualHub Operator admin Assistant. I am Ex Forces, and  I am currently the Chair of the Residents Scrutiny Forum in the Southend-On-Sea.

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BRANDING

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DISTINGTIVE BRANDING

The Forces Online branding on our social media above shows an inlaid Forces Online earlier image with the Tri-Services Badge and the newer Tudor Rose inlaid into the background. They also show the charity numbers and Armed Forces badges.  The example above is from Len's social media business page. The two images below are both our main images which are fully copyrighted by Len.

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The Land, Sea, Air Logo

Land Sea Air Logo
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The Tudor Rose Logo

Tudor Rose Logo

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Tel. 0300 300 2288

I am in the virtualhub most days

VIRTUALHUB

or use the form to message me