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What is 'For The Fallen'?

For The Fallen CIC is a Community Interest Company that supports the families of Military Suicide. Raising awareness of Military Suicide and promoting suicide prevention. Call to Action Headline

What is a Community Interest Company?

A CIC, as it's also known is a Good Cause, but it is different from a registered charity. It has a community goal as the focus which is written into a Constitution and regulated by the Community Interest Regulator, pays tax through HMRC and is registered with Companies House.

So it's not a Registered Charity?

No, it's a far better model than that of registered charity. For so many reasons. Firstly it's modern, whereas some things have not changed in the charity sector for over a hundred years! The world is a very different place than it was just 10 years ago, especially at a time of technological advancement as rapid as it has been for the last 40 or 50 years.

Why Have We Not Been Told About CIC's?

That's the thing... we have. They have been around since 2005 and after a strong start with all of the major charities immediately adopting the new structure. However they never implemented it in place of the old model, they set it up alongside the existing charities, changing nothing. If anything it made things more difficult. The old school charities did not want change, things had been working very well for them for a long time, if it ain't broke don't fix it' was the order of the day.

But How Are Old Charities To Blame For Low Publicity Of CIC

The old school charities have had bank balance of millions of pounds for decades now and they have the best paid marketers and PR men and women working for them, they have traditionally worked closely with the media and they ran multi-million pound ad campaigns that were structured to look as if they were Government Directives. Everywhere you went you saw adverts and scenarios where a Charity Number from the Charity Commission was trustworthy. And it went on to say that if an organisation or a collector etc was NOT registered with the Charity Commission then there must be something wrong. The seed of doubt put things behind schedule and the replacement of these big corporate style machines was shelved for over a decade.

So What Has Changed? Can We Trust A CIC?

Yes, of course you can trust a CIC! They are a transparent, modern and tax-paying entity that has been formed with the latest in modern ethics and one of hard work being exchanged for financial support rather than simply holding out a hand to accept the donation cheques or the charity collection bucket. Everything that is done within a functioning CIC, is done with the Community in Mind and the choses demographic, ie. Veterans at it's heart. But it raises the majority of it's income from Social Enterprises. These are the jewel in the Community Crown... the whole process is built around improving lives in the immediate present whilst paying tax, which strengthens the funds which can be used to provide cleaner and better environments for the whole of society,. The rest is like a domino effect with good things happening, in quick chain reaction. A Social Enterprise (CIC) can be totally non profit, in the best interests of the Community whilst providing gainful activity as a means to earn money. The beneficiaries are the ones in need, if we look at the situation metaphorically, charity may give them a fish, but a CIC provides a fishing rod and shows them how to catch their own fish.

So What Sort Of Things Do You Train People On?

We are a modern organisation, with the present day and the future our concern. So with that in mind we train our community on the skills needed to thrive in a digital world. Our community as a whole and in particular our direct beneficiaries, the families of the fallen and HM Armed Forces veterans would naturally be prioritised whilst all applications are received and processed. Those we cannot help are referred to alternative agencies who may have availability.

So, can people get real-life skills from training and working with For The Fallen?

Yes, they can indeed. Not only do we encourage our beneficiaries to work with us as part of their recovery from the bereavement and grief they have suffered but we support them when they are ready for the next phase of their life and sometimes that can be a totally fresh start, new environment, new job etc. We appreciate everybody has individual requirements and work on a case-by-case basis to support each and every member of our community and where possible the community at large.

For The Fallen is a Community Interest Organisation Operating The Social Enterprise Non Profit Model. Entirely Run By Volunteers Using The Peer Led Team Training Ethos With The Focal Point Being The Vastly Knowledgeable & Experienced Founder. Every One Of The Team Has 'Lived Experience' Of 'Military Suicide', A Term Which Is Derived From The Landmark Court Case Won By Founder Jo in 2019 When Dave Jukes' Suicide Became The First Ever HM Armed Forces 'Military Suicide' Recorded On The Death Certificate. As A Result, This Was The Day That PTSD Was Officially Accepted As A Battlefield Injury That Can Cause Death If Untreated.

For The Fallen CIC is a Member of Social Enterprise UK

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