The Royal British Legion is excited to announce the launch of their new Network for Carers, a two-year project funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust as part of their Tackling Loneliness programme.
Network for Carers builds upon RBL’s existing work by creating a new national network of social groups, offering support to carers in the Armed Forces community to help them feel less lonely and isolated because of their caring role. By connecting the carers with their shared memories and experiences, the social groups will support people to develop friendships, interests and engage more with their communities.
The flexible programme of support offered includes face-to-face and virtual social groups. The groups’ activities will be tailored to meet the interests of their members, with a focus on establishing common themes, creating a sense of camaraderie, developing friendships and breaking down barriers to inclusion. All groups will be fully inclusive and accessible.
RBL’s Network for Carers social groups will be located across the country, often in locations associated with the Armed Forces community. Examples of confirmed venues for the groups include:
- National Memorial Arboretum
- Royal Air Force Museum
- York Army Museum
The first ten groups will begin launching in September 2021, with a further ten launching in the New Year. Each group will be coordinated and led by a team of volunteers, consisting of two new roles: Support Group Facilitators and Support Group Administrators.