Community engaged at 7SCOTS event

June 22, 2017

7SCOTS held a successful Armed Forces Employer and Community engagement event at the Royal British Legion Scotland in Nairn. 

The 21 June event was organised at the request of the Lord-Lieutenant of Nairn with all arrangements made by Major Alec Rose (C Company, 7SCOTS) and was hosted by Lt Col Bob Towns, President of RBLS Nairn.

Fifty guests attended and, while some were already on side, there were a high percentage of first timers.

Lord-Lieutenant Ewen Brodie gave a brief introduction before handing over to Maj Rose who gave a short presentation on the role, work and benefits of reserve service both in the community and to employers.

Six further speakers followed. They were: Pte Saul Bruce; Pte Henry Dickinson; Pte Robinson; L/Cpl Kyle Bruce (Black Watch); Maj Rupert Reid (Mil Prov Reg); and Cadet RSM MacKellar (1HLDRS ACF). Each gave a brief summary of their experience and highlighted the benefits of transferable skills.

HRFCA’s Regional Employer Engagement Director Ron Macgregor then spent 10 minutes giving an interesting and informative presentation on his history, reserve service, staff development, Armed Forces Covenant and the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

The audience was then split into four groups and visited four different stands each displaying very different aspects of reserve service ranging from music, first aid and field rations to everyday actions that are enhanced/developed with reserve service.

The guests reassembled for a meal prepared by the 7SCOTS catering team, with the opportunity to chat about the evening and ask any questions they had.

Feedback from the night was very positive with a number of useful contacts and lines to follow up being made.