who we are

About Shoulder to Soldier

Shoulder to Soldier is a charity that helps Tri Service Armed Forces Families when they need support. This action packed charity was founded by a person who is passionate about the Armed Forces: Linda Fisher.

Working across the UK, Shoulder to Soldier offer a friendly service not only for serving personnel and ex serving personnel but also for their families.

Why are we passionate about offering this support? That’s an easy question to answer – its "because it's the right thing to do"

We have a dedicated, professional team of Trustees and Volunteers. Our Armed Forces and their families are disadvantaged through service and we need to be there, ready to support them when required.

Linda was invited to 10 Downing Street in 2014 for her work on the Armed Forces. Linda was also a finalist in the Soldiering on Awards 2016, "Working Together" category nominated by MOD HQ Northwest and sponsored by the Forces in Mind Trust.

Linda has raised the profile of Armed Forces Families across the country. Linda is endorsed by many Armed Forces Families and organisations for her passion, drive and commitment.

Objective of our Charity

To relieve the needs of people who have served or who are serving members of the Armed Forces and their families, in particular by;

  • Providing relief of financial need
  • Providing support, advocacy and practical advice
  • Providing and assisting in the provision of recreational facilities in the interests of social welfare
Our Founder

About Our Founder

Linda Fisher


Linda Fisher holds a Honour’s Degree in Law and is a non - practising solicitor, she is a highly motivated and results-orientated individual with strategic management and commercial skills gained over 22 years of working within all tiers of Local Government. She possesses an in-depth knowledge of the local government legislative and governance framework previously holding the role of Chief Executive.

In 2016 Linda worked jointly with The Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) piloting a project to provide welfare officers within hospitals to support veterans. Linda and Lisa Leece of DMWS then secured £1 million of funding to ensure that a veteran’s welfare officer was appointed in every hospital across Greater Manchester.

Linda also secured funding of over £400,000 for a new Armed Forces Families Centre (4 Our Forces) in Wigan. She also secured funding for numerous sports projects including Fishing For Forces, Football 4 Forces teams and wheelchair rugby teams within Greater Manchester to name but a few.

Linda has played a key role in securing £60,000 of funding in 2017 to support Armed Forces Families into employment and to improve local service delivery. This funding will see work delivered by Shoulder to Soldier in Devon, across the whole of Cheshire and in Salford.

Linda is an adviser to and a passionate supporter of the Lee Rigby Foundation, a Trustee of the War Widows Association for Great Britain and a member of the Chester University, Duke of Westminster’s Centre for research and innovation into veteran’s well-being Committee.

Why there is a need for our services

Many of the people we support do not want to ask for help. It takes courage to ask and we are always here ready and willing to support families at their time of need. We have a dedicated and professional team of Trustees and Volunteers who will go the extra mile to help.


Our founder Linda Fisher and our trustees have substantial experience of supporting Armed Forces Families and delivering Armed Forces projects.Linda has raised the profile for Armed Forces Families across the Country. Linda is endorsed by many veterans and Organisations for her passion, drive and commitment.

Invitation to No. 10 Downing Street

Campaigning and support led to an invitation to No 10 Downing Street in 2014 to meet the Prime Minister

This invitation was in recognition of work carried out across Greater Manchester and nationally. As Deputy Chief Executive Linda proposed ( and personally delivered ) an Executive Lead Officer role, the first of its kind, reporting and recommending action on Armed Forces workstream’s at the Combined Authority meetings of Leaders and Chief Executives.

Finalist in Soldering on Awards

Linda was nominated by MOD HQ Northwest in the “Working Together” category (sponsored by the Forces In Mind Trust) ‘’Soldiering On Awards” 2016.

Securing the position of finalist in the Awards for raising the profile of Armed Forces Families across the Northwest and improving service delivery and support. Delivering policy changes across the whole of Greater Manchester’s housing and other policies, creating the Armed Forces Key worker role held by ex- serving personnel and securing substantial amounts of funding for ex serving personnel and their families.

Armed Forces Covenant

Linda opening the Northwest Armed Forces Covenant Conference in 2015.

Linda organised the Country’s first ever signing of a Combined Authority Armed Forces Covenant in December 2014. Signed by the 10 Greater Manchester Councils, NHS, CCG’s, Armed Forces Charities, TFGM, GMP, GMFRS, Greater Manchester Ambulance Service, NW Cadet Force and Reservist Association and many other partners.

The Greater Manchester Armed Forces Page

In 2014 The Greater Manchester Armed Forces Page was established.

A page to share the work taking place relating to Armed Forces Families. The page soon became wider than Greater Manchester.

Proposal for a Veteran’s Village

Development of a “Veterans Village” proposal working with Broughton House. The development and submission of a Libor funding bid relating to the provision of Health and Social Care and Dementia Units and other support services for Armed Forces Families.

Welfare Support to Aged veterans within Hospitals

The introduction of a pilot scheme to support aged veterans in hospital with Defence Medical Welfare Service. Linda and DMWS scaled this up to form the basis for a successful bid jointly led to the Aged Veterans fund of approximately £1 million across Greater Manchester a public service reform project as part of Devolution. Delivering 10 support officers for Aged Veterans in all hospitals. Supporting the identification of veterans across the Region.

Securring £391k of Armed Forces Covenant funding

In 2015 successfully secured £391k of Armed Forces Covenant funding to deliver a new facility "4 our Forces" In Wigan, with satellite centers and a mini bus providing outreach support. Plus on line registration portal to build on existing work to identify Armed Forces Families. Delivering integrated pathways with partners to support our Armed Forces Families.


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