Due to our continued success, we are delighted to announce we have moved to larger premises in Reading. The larger offices allow us to showcase our expertise in developing technological solutions, managing complex projects and protecting secure networks within our innovations suite.
Situated a mere 300m from Reading Train Station, means that our customers, suppliers and business partners can now visit us without the hassle of being stuck in traffic and we can all do our bit for the environment by reducing our carbon footprint.
The rain did not discourage over 300 rugby-mad girls converging at RAF Halton on Sunday for the 1st RAF Girls Festival of Rugby community outreach project supported by SecureCloud+. Local U13s, U15s and U18s teams from Reading & Newbury, Old Northamptonians, Old Albanians, Grove, Peterborough and Basingstoke arrived, mid-downpour, at RAF Halton to mark the start of what would be a unique day of rugby.
Midway through the pool matches, and to the girl’s amazement, the roar of a helicopter overhead alerted the girls that something special was about to happen. A Puma II helicopter from RAF Benson with two England Internationals, Claire Allan (36 caps) and Meg Jones (2 caps) landed pitch side to much excitement and rapturous applause. The crowd, which included Air Marshal Phil Osborn the RAFRU President, Air Vice Marshal Andy Turner, Air Vice Marshal Christina Elliot, Group Captain James Brayshaw (RAF Halton Station Commander) and Group Captain Al Lewis the RAFRU Honorary Secretary, spent time chatting and posing for photographs with the players and the two England Internationals before the matches concluded.
The smile on the faces of all the girls, coaches and helpers was testament to the unbridled success of the event, proving that a career in the RAF is “No Ordinary Job”. This included the amazing Air Cadets who helped in the organisation of the day and were rewarded with a trip in the Puma II helicopter. Plans are already underway for the RAF Girls Festival of Rugby in April 2018 to coincide with the RAF 100 Centenary.
Although we have supported the majority of the key pledges of the Armed Forces Covenant since we were established in 2014, we are proud to announce that we are now officially part of the Armed Forces Covenant Community.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a publicised voluntary pledge from businesses and charitable organisations who wish to demonstrate their concrete support for the armed forces community. The pledge is a promise from the nation to those who serve or who have served, and their families, which says we will do all we can to ensure they are treated fairly and not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives. To those who proudly protect our nation, who do so with honour, courage, and commitment, the Armed Forces Covenant is our commitment to you.
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The Quarter Final draw for the 2016-17 RAF Cup and Plate took place at our Innovations offices in Crewe. The draw was carried out by Peter Williamson and Rob Gittins and was overseen by Flt Lt Nicola McNamee. We are thrilled to once again be supporting this event and look forward to cheering on the side-lines at the first match on Wednesday 1st February.
For more information on the league please click here.
Winners of the event will receive the Keith Christie Trophy. A trophy named in honour and memory of the former RAF Senior Representative Team Head Coach who passed away in 2015.
Supporting the Armed Forces Para-Snow Team (AFPST) is extremely rewarding and as we specialise in end-to-end managed services at all tiers of the Government Classification System we were delighted to help the team out by supplying them with our Enterprise Mobility Management Service.
This service was adapted with a new collaboration area that allowed them to share and manage information more effectively across the teams. It also allowed them to securely access trusted applications, data, email and external gateway intranet services which meant an improved work and charitable commitments balance.
The AFPST did themselves proud – click the link below to view their timeline.
On Remembrance Day, SecureCloud+ teamed up with the Art Café in Whitchurch-on-Thames to host an art show in aid of Combat Stress. Combat Stress is unique in integrating the use of Art Therapy and Occupational Therapy in treating ex-servicemen and women suffering with Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Both treatments combine creative expression with reflective discussion to encourage positive change.
Several pieces created by veterans were on display ranging from mixed media to sculptures – the common theme throughout was how emotive and moving each piece was. The turnout for the event was impressive with people from the local community, the military and industry attending and raising over £1,000 for a truly worthy cause.
Sue Freeth, Chief Executive at Combat Stress said;
“We are so grateful to SecureCloud+ for holding their Art22 show in aid of Combat Stress.
“For many veterans, Art Therapy and Occupational Therapy are a key part of their recovery and it’s great that some of the work produced in their sessions was on display at this art show on Remembrance Day.
“Over the last five years we have seen a 71% increase in referrals, so fundraising by companies like SecureCloud+ is vital to ensure we are able to continue to support every veteran that comes to us for help.”
Thanks again to all of you who contributed to these events.
On Remembrance Day, 11th November (1800 -2000), we are hosting an art show at the Art Café in sunny Whitchurch-on-Thames in aid of Combat Stress, the Veterans’ mental health charity and our charity of choice.
For many veterans receiving treatment from Combat Stress, Art therapy and Occupational Therapy are a key part of recovery. Art Therapy is a clinical treatment that combines creative expression with reflective discussion to encourage change. Things that can be hard to put into words like emotions or body sensations can find expression through art.
Occupational Therapy helps people deal with and recover from physical and mental stress and also injury and illness. Occupational Therapy does this by focusing on daily occupations and helps to achieve a good balance between work, self-care and play.
If you want to find out more about attending this event, please visit our website: Combat Stress
Alternatively, if your struggling to attend you can make a “phantom appearance” by donating £5 to this worth cause at: JustGiving Page for SecureCloud+ Art22
The KMF Young Engineer of the Year competition is now in its 5th successful year. Its aim is to bring together education and industry, to raise aspirations and career development in engineering and stem subjects. SecureCloud+ are delighted to be part of this year’s challenge – The Lego Project.
Altogether 10 students will unleash their creativity and build, program and test real-life robotics technology. With the help of our SecureCloud+ team we will be supporting pupils from Ormiston Horizon Academy, Stoke-on-Trent. The project is over the next 7 months and we can’t wait to get our hands on some Lego! The winning team also has the opportunity to compete in the First Lego League in America!
A day at RAF Halton is always a day well spent and this was the highlight of the year so far. We had the pleasure of attending the RAF Sports Awards at RAF Halton. The nominees, all worthy winners, came from an array of sports. However, we were particularly delighted that Cpl Josh McNally and SAC Sian Williams were nominated in their category representing RAF Rugby Union. SAC Sian Williams went on to win her category becoming this years “RAF Sportswoman of The Year”. Sian’s ability, leadership qualities and team spirt has meant she is almost to Captain Wales at next year’s World Cup. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners this year – an outstanding performance by all.
This was a day to repeatedly quote “it’s not about the winning it’s about the taking part”. Our SecureCloud+ team (including the rugby players within our company) played their hearts out at this great event and did themselves proud. The event was hosted at the Soccerdrome in Manchester and all 42 teams entered played with great team spirit and enthusiasm. Congratulations to Cup winners RAF Waddo and Plate winners RAF Brize Norton. We will be back next year!