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£2.5 million for Poppy Factory Renovation

The Treasury will be awarding The Poppy Factory £2.5 million to support the renovation of our factory. This funding is being announced by the Chancellor in the budget on Wednesday 22 November 2017.

Chief Executive of The Poppy Factory Deirdre Mills said:

“We are delighted that we can begin the process of transforming our factory into an accessible, inclusive and educational space for the disabled veterans who work here and for the wider local community. Our employment service helps get veterans with mental and physical health conditions back into work and as such helps restore financial independence and make a positive difference to veterans’ lives.”

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Treasury awards RAF Benevolent Fund £1m to support serving RAF personnel

The RAF Benevolent Fund is delighted to announce our bid for £1m funding from the LIBOR fund has been approved by the Chancellor.

This grant will enable the Fund to respond to the needs of the serving RAF and their families by providing additional facilities and services on RAF stations to enable greater social engagement, better relationships and the provision of welfare facilities.

The Government’s decision was announced today during the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s autumn budget statement in the House of Commons.

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Britain’s most seriously injured Veterans to be supported by Help for Heroes after Government awards £1.5 million Libor grant

In the last-ever tranche of Libor grants, Help for Heroes has been awarded £1.5 million to improve the level of care given to Britain’s most severely wounded and injured Veterans who experience the greatest challenges and highest levels of social exclusion.

Many have complex injuries including multiple limb loss, severe brain injuries and serious mental health conditions which means they will require specialist support through a complex care pathway for the remainder of their lives.

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4th December – X-Forces – Empowering through Enterprise Course for Military Spouses, Female Veterans & Reservists (Ludgershall, Wiltshire)

MILITARY SPOUSES thinking of starting a business, @OfficialXForces have a FREE course for you which will allow you to take the first steps, learning about the pros and cons of self-employment, alongside other likeminded and enthusiastic women.

Are you a military spouse, female veteran or female reservist and would like to learn what it takes to set up and run a business?

X-Forces have created a bespoke enterprise and self employment programme for women in the Tidworth and Salisbury area.

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11th December – X-Forces – Self-Employment Discovery Workshop: London

Linked to the Armed Forces community and thinking of starting your own business? @OfficialXForces are holding a Self-Employment Discovery Workshop in London on 11 December to help you determine if self-employment is right for you.

Whether you’ve already started working on your business idea, or are just considering self-employment, come along to our business workshop and meet like-minded people.

This practical workshop will take you through the pros and cons of self-employment.

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Help for Heroes and The Prince’s Trust Team programme

Since 2010, Help for Heroes has committed £1,032,846 to enable wounded, injured and sick tri-Service personnel and Veterans to participate in fully funded and bespoke secondments with The Prince’s Trust Team programme.

For veteran Tracy, whose life changed completely when she had a heart attack and stroke at just 35 years old, it enabled her to find renewed purpose.

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Win £500 for yourself and £15,000 for your RAF station

The RAF Benevolent Fund has launched an appeal for serving RAF personnel, reservists and their partners to complete a short survey to help inform the future of its welfare services.

The RAF’s leading welfare charity has commissioned this new piece of research to enable the charity to better respond to the needs of the serving RAF Family. Those who complete this short survey can enter a prize draw to win up to £500, with an additional 75 runner-up prizes of between £20 and £100 in Amazon vouchers also to be won.

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BNTVA 2018 – Trip to Christmas Island – 60th Anniversary Memorial Commemoration Ceremony

The BNTVA are organising a return to Christmas Island in 2018 for any veteran who would like to return to the Island to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the largest Nuclear bomb that was detonated on the Island on 28th April 1958.

We are asking other military charities to sponsor a veteran or their family to return to the island.
The operation was a tri-force operation, with Army, Navy and RAF personnel involved. The return will include a dedication of a new memorial on the island to the veterans who gave so much to ensure that the UK was a Nuclear power.

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The Scottish Veterans Fund 2018 is currently still open for applications

The closing date for submission of applications is 30 November 2017. Organisations are encouraged to bid for funding to deliver projects that offer new or innovative approaches to tackling the issues veterans face, in areas like health, housing and employment.

Around £600,000 of funding, including £240,000 from Standard Life Aberdeen has been made available through the Scottish Veterans Fund in the three years to 2019/20.

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Partnership with Openreach raises £100k for SSAFA

Since announcing their partnership in 2015, Openreach, Britain’s digital network business, has now raised more than £100,000 for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. From taking part in the Big Brew Up to trekking the Icelandic terrain to raise money, the team has got behind the cause whole-heartedly. In addition, Openreach has hired nearly 2,500 veterans since 2011.

Already this year has recruited almost 300 trainee engineers from a Forces background. SSAFA continues to work with Openreach to support the Armed Forces community.

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