The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (the Trust) is pleased to announce a further 64 projects supported under the latest round of the Force for Change programme.
Each of these projects, supported with a share of more than £600,000, will help to reduce isolation and promote integration, aiding the post-Covid recovery of Armed Forces communities across the UK.
Projects in this round ranged from photography for veterans in Northern Ireland, to stay and play sessions for Forces families in Wales, to pottery and ceramics for the Forces community in Scotland!
Road to recovery
Abberton Rural Training were awarded £9,976 for their ‘Quick Start’ rustic recovery project, including horticulture and other land-based skills, for isolated veterans and wounded, injured, sick (WIS) Service personnel.
Their Chief Executive, Jacqui Stone, explains:
“The Forces for Change grant will mean that we can support veterans and wounded and injured service personnel from the Colchester Garrison Personnel Recovery Centre. Covid-19 has created a waiting list for our Rustic Recovery Programme, this funding will allow us to catch-up and support as many individuals as possible before they are medically discharged, which will make a big difference to the participants who find being out in nature a great way to help their recovery and rehabilitation.”
On Course Foundation were awarded £8,824 for veterans’ golf in North West England. They’ll be using funding to deliver a programme of residential, confidence-building Golf Skills Development Events for veterans to improve wellbeing.
Will Barker from the Foundation told us:
“We are absolutely delighted to receive this funding from the Force for Change programme. This funding will allow us to expand our programme of confidence building golf events in the North West of England – supporting further wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and veterans with their recovery and successful re-integration to society.”
Small grants, big difference
Sonia Howe, Director of Policy and Communications for the Trust, adds:
“It’s been another great round for this popular programme and we’re pleased to be able to support such a diverse range of activities and organisations, reflecting the great work that can be achieved with small grants of up to £10,000. Our congratulations to all who were successful in this latest round.”