By Anthony McDermott, Social Enterprise Adviser
Have you ever wondered about the unique challenges that the British Army might have to face? Our team of BIC staff and tenants recently delved into the dynamic world of our Armed Forces and gained valuable insights during an immersive ‘Army Business Challenge Day’. This transformative experience was designed to sharpen problem-solving abilities and enhance team building and leadership skills whilst demonstrating that every day people could join the Army Reserves.
We were invited to take part as a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, as well as a recognition for our work supporting veterans and the wider service family. Securing second place among 15 other organisations from around the North East was a proud moment.
Having myself served in the British Army before joining the BIC (both regular and reserve service), I understand the challenges faced and the sacrifices made by military personnel. This encounter has only deepened our commitment to empowering veterans through initiatives like our Veterans RV programme.
So, it was especially meaningful to share this world with a group of colleagues and tenants from our wider BIC community. The team tackled some challenging tasks together and learned about some of the unexpected and crucial roles Army Reservists play in situations and crises that affect us all. From taking part in challenging ‘fire and manoeuvre’ exercises to seeing how medics reacted within combat situations, to learning how to stay concealed and even finding out about the role of communications in UK based disasters and operations – we learned so much throughout the day and was a real eye opener for all.
The experience not only brought us together to learn and grow but also connects us in a new way to the lived experience of the veterans we’re working with, helping us to relate to their challenges and unique skills.