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2021 Winners’ Ceremonies

By on 29th September 2021

That very special time is nearly upon us, when we can finally reveal the winners of the 2021 Soldiering On Awards! Over the last few months, votes have poured in across three public vote categories in their thousands, the judges have been busy at work making tough decisions too, and you have all been triumphantly recognising and celebrating the shortlist of finalists as each finalists’ story was shared.

Join us each Thursday in October at four Virtual Winners’ Ceremonies on Zoom Webinar, announcing the fantastic winners, including some very special guest presenters to guide us through the celebrations. The events are free to attend to all, so if you are interested in attending, please email: caitlin@x-forces.com

The finalists’ achievements will be showcased across our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social channels over the coming weeks, in the build-up to each ceremony. We’d love for you to engage with the posts and spread the word, and help celebrate with us!

The winner announcements will begin from Thursday 7th October. See below for the full schedule:

Winner Announcements

7th October

2021 WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Family Values Award – sponsored by The Military Mutual

SOA2021 Family Values Award

Give Us Time – a small Armed Forces charity that provides relief  by sending military families on respite breaks to help restore the bonds that can prevent personal and family breakdowns. Click here to read more.

Forces in Mind Trust Working Together Award – sponsored by FiMT

Greater Manchester Police Armed Forces Lead – A team of 35 Armed Forces leads who are predominantly veterans themselves work across all districts of Greater Manchester to provide community support. Click here to read more.

Animal Partnership Award – sponsored by Pets at Home

SOA2021 - Animal Partnership Award - Barry & Bella

Bella, the Bichon Frise rescue dog and British Army veteran Barry Coase – Beautiful Bella Bichon came into Barry’s life in 2015 at the age of 21 weeks, following a traumatic start in life. Filthy, fearful and feral, she crawled towards Barry and lay shaking. It was immediately obvious that there was something very special about this little dog. Click here to read more.

14th October –

2021 WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Education, Training & Development Award

SOA2021 Education Training and Development Award

Making Generation R (Resilience) – a unique programme that improves confidence and independence for veterans, and provides transferable skills that broaden their career horizons. Click here to read more.

Defence Inclusivity Award

SOA2021 Defence Inclusivity Award

Emma Norton –founder of the Centre for Military Justice (CMJ), providing legal services to current and former members of the Armed Forces, plsu bereaved families, who have suffered violence, harassment or abuse. Click here to read more.

Sporting Excellence Award

SOA2021 Sporting Excellence Award

Josh Boggi – a triple amputee, Josh completed the Race Across America in a record time, has won several medals at the Invictus Games and is a qualified PADI rescue diver  as well as coaching his son’s football team. Click here to read more.

Patron’s Special Recognition Award

SOA2021 Defence Hindu Network

Defence Hindu Network – addressing the needs of Hindus in Defence, as well as within the wider community, it influences the way in which the Army engages with BAME communities. Click here to read more.

Upcoming Ceremonies

21st October – Interested in Joining? Email caitlin@x-forces.com for details.

  • Business of the Year: Start Up
  • Business of the Year: Scale Up
  • Business of the Year: Community Impact

28th October – Interested in Joining? Email caitlin@x-forces.com for details.

  • Inspiration Award
  • Healthcare and Rehabilitation Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

15th December

For further information about joining any of the events above, please email caitlin@x-forces.com. Keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram over the next few weeks to stay in the loop with everything SOA related!

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