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Op RE:ACT: Volunteering after Military Life

Veteran Nick Challis served 20 years in the Royal Logistic Corps. He is now a Team Rubicon UK volunteer, working on Op RE:ACT to support the work of the Countywide Hub in Cambridgeshire. Here, Nick talks about his time as a volunteer during COVID-19. As someone who had an unconventional start in life, I understand vulnerability and I’m passionate about helping others. My time in the Army gave me the purpose I needed but that sense of service never leaves …

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Op RE:ACT: Taking time out from work to serve again

After taking time out from his job to volunteer, veteran Andy Mihalop tells us why he felt compelled to play an active role in the UK’s fight against COVID-19. I joined Team Rubicon UK in 2019 after a ending my …

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Op RE:ACT: Serving others, no matter what

After completing a task supporting the homeless community in St Helens, veteran Michelle Partington opens up about a rewarding experience during a personally challenging time. I find myself back at home now after volunteering with Team Rubicon UK to support …

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Greyshirt Reflections: A surreal first deployment

As he comes to the end of a six-week tour of duty on Op RE:ACT, Greyshirt Gordon Mackenzie reflects on a unique and valuable first deployment with Team Rubicon UK. I am a veteran, a former Royal Marine, and for …

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Op RE:ACT: “I’m honoured to be a veteran, I’m honoured to be part of that community” – Duke of Sussex

The Duke of Sussex joined Team Rubicon UK CEO Richard Sharp on the Declassified podcast as they discussed service, values and what it means to volunteer as a veteran.

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Op RE:ACT: Humble and proud – what it’s like for our veteran volunteers supporting NHS key workers

Team Rubicon UK volunteers have a lot of experience of high-intensity environments. It’s that experience that makes them especially proud and determined to help the dedicated staff at NHS Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals.

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A photo showing Team Rubicon UK Operations Manager packing boxes of meals on a production line in support of the "Salute The NHS" initiative.

Op RE:ACT: Helping to deliver one million meals with Salute The NHS

As the UK rallies around the incredible dedication of those on the front line of the COVID-19 crisis, we report on Team Rubicon UK’s involvement in a brilliant scheme to support NHS workers.

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Greyshirt Reflections: Mike’s three weeks in Australia

Terrifying images of raging Australian bush fires dominated the news recently. It will take years for normality to return to these devastated communities. As a volunteer Greyshirt, I put myself forward to help with the recovery effort. Greyshirts come from …

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Greyshirt Reflections: Training with the Gurkha Welfare Trust

I have been a Greyshirt with Team Rubicon UK since October 2018 and have now completed six overseas deployments as well as a number of responses and projects in the UK.  I was fortunate enough to be selected as part of a …

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Greyshirt Reflections: Phil’s First International Operation

I had been part of the Greyshirt family for only a couple of months when I found myself on a plane to Australia. My experience with Team Rubicon UK was limited to a community project in Devon but here I …

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Greyshirt Reflections: Compassion, Empathy and Hope

I leave Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills after spending a week volunteering on Operation Hannaford, proud of the work we achieved and inspired by the teammates and residents I met. 86 homes were destroyed by the Cuddlee Creek bushfire that …

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A weekend on the Induction and Core Skills Course

Every three months the grassed area outside the Hangar (our affectionate name for our training building) transforms into a sea of tents, more reminiscent of Glastonbury than Chilmark, as up to 50 people from all walks of life start arriving …

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Take to the Skies

If you’re looking for an exhilarating, adrenaline fuelled challenge and the chance to raise money for your favourite cause, then look no further! Sign up for a skydive and support Team Rubicon UK. Choose between the 7,000 feet tandem with …

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