Veterans, Service personnel and their families, and Service young people, will have a whole range of new local opportunities to get involved with, following the latest rounds of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust's funding.
As part of its Force for Change programme a further 80 projects across the UK have received a share of almost £1.5 million.
This round featured several outdoor and nature-based activities to help reduce isolation and loneliness. In Northern Ireland, funding was awarded to the Schomberg Society who will use the funding to engage with hard-to-reach and isolated veterans and families to participate in a community radio/media project.
Chairperson of the Schomberg Society, Gareth Crozier, said:
“Participants in the project will have an opportunity to gain the media and communications skills necessary to produce and broadcast a daily Veterans’ Show, which will be included in the radio station’s annual summer and winter broadcasts. The project is designed to bring together the Armed Forces community to share their stories, to encourage networking and build lifelong friendships and combat the effects of rural and social isolation.”
Other projects in Northern Ireland which received funding are:
Brooke House Project
The organisation will add to its nature-based therapy portfolio by creating a volunteer-led fishing hub. This will be a social hub, which supports veterans struggling with social isolation and helps them to engage with others through skill development.
Imperial Grand Black Chapter of the British Commonwealth
The organisation will construct a new 2000 square foot regional hub. This building will serve the needs of their multiple stakeholders, with a particular focus on the Armed forces community. The space will facilitate a number of social activities including health and wellbeing/sporting activities, signposting to services and awareness of financial and social opportunities and general use.
Lisburn and Castlereagh City council - Lisburn Museum Veterans Engagement Programme
The project will create a cohort of museum staff, serving personnel, veterans and participants from local community groups. The group will choose a topic to research over 12 months, producing an exhibition, an online exhibition or a publication.
Lisburn Branch Royal British Legion
The organisation will renovate their kitchen, which is in significant need of repair. This will allow them to run breakfast club activities. Activities will also include coach trips and guest speakers.
Northern Ireland Garrison Support Unit
The project will provide the opportunity to use outdoor gym equipment to improve mental and physical health within Aldergrove Flying Station.
To view the full list of organisations which received funding please click here.