To deliver the best possible support to our beneficiaries we have affiliated and become members of the following organisations.
Although we do not have employees, we do have over 140 volunteers who in the majority are from an Armed Forces background. With the help of our Regional Engagement Director we created our bespoke pledge to treat those who serve or who have served in the armed forces with fairness and respect. We encourage other organisations to pledge their support for their employees that are serving as reservists by recognising the unique obstacles presented within their employment policies. In 2020 Models for Heroes were presented with the Silver Award in recognition of our commitment to the Armed Forces.
Models for Heroes are committed to the fundraising promise and are registered with the Fundraising Regulator. We use the code to influence our policies to ensure our fundraising activities are conducted with the highest consistent standards of respect, openness and responsibility. Our Complaints & Feedback procedures can be found in the footer of this website.
By being Associates of ASDIC we benefit from the collaborative efforts of other service user organisations in forming best practices for Drop Ins. We are able to provide our details to new Drop Ins that may be interested in having an attractive recovery activity for their service users.
The NCVO offers the voluntary sector with expert advice and support to help us create a supportive and sincere platform for our volunteers to operate responsibly and safely. By being members we benefit from advice on policy and standards that ultimately will provide the best experience for our beneficiaries.
In 2018 X-Forces (funded by The Soldiers Charity) granted Models for Heroes Chairman Malcolm Childs a space on their business enterprise course. This gave us a boost in skill to create the foundation of Models for Heroes from a corporate perspective. Since then we have been a Military-in-Business community member promoting our cause amongst military connections.
in 2021 The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust awarded Models for Heroes and Walking with the Wounded funds to carry out a project within the Positive Pathways Project. The funds are used to create Online Modelling Making for Veterans futhering our reach to hundreds more of our bravest.
If you know of a group that makes models, paints figures, wargames, builds railways or who enjoy a hobby together for the benefit of the Armed Forces or Emergency Service Personnel please get in touch and let us know.
In North Carolina, USA Models for Troops was the very first organisation in of its kind to provide model making for therapeutic purposes. In 2012 Jon Emery began sending model kits to his son in Iraq for something to do between missions. The activity was such a hit that more models wee requested and soon John was sending 1,000 of lbs of kits and supplies to all deployed areas and the VA hospitals in America. In 2018 Models for Troops became a 501(c)3 public charity and their reach and benefits continue to expand.
The first of its kind in Ontario, Canada, Operation VetBuild arose from similar successful initiatives in Great Britain and the United States. Upcoming sessions in Legion branches around the country this year include in Ontario (Ajax, Angus, Flesherton, Hamilton Mountain), Alberta (Edmonton), Quebec (Lacolle) and British Columbia (Agassiz), with more locations to be announced in the coming weeks. “We know this sort of activity can be very therapeutic,” he says. “We plan to expand to include as many branches across the country as we can, so we can give as many Veterans as possible the opportunity to participate in this fun activity.” says Craig Hood, founder.
Operating since 2018 out of Tilburg, Netherlands, Stichting Scale Models for Vets is a Foundation that facilitates model making as a relaxation therapy for the local veteran population. Running in the for the best part of the day, the modelling session also makes models available for veterans without a budget. The Foundation is run my Mr Martens who offers the best snacks that Dutch hospitality can offer. You can find more about the group on Facebook by clicking the logo.
YVMG operate out of Yorkshire, UK, hence their "Yorkshire" name, although they welcome all veterans globally. Facilitating model groups within other veteran supported cafes and facilities - YCMG was setup to provide a meeting place for local veterans. Founded by Ian Dewar, a strong supporter of the NHS, he lead the group to be the first model club to sign the Armed Forces Covenant in 2019. Visit their Facebook page by clicking the logo.