Please be aware that the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust have just announced their funding for the next year 2020/21, but in particular have announced an Emergency Funding package ( highlighted in bold below) to assist eligible organisations in responding to the Covid-19  Pandemic.

The full  package of support for 2020/2021 includes 3 main elements:

From the Covenant Fund

£2.5M for local community projects through our Local Grants Programme

£5.5M through the Reducing Isolation programme with a particular focus on enhancing the support available to those who may have suffered the most as a result of the pandemic; and supporting the wide reconnection needs where this would help Armed Forces Communities. We are keen to support a range of larger and smaller Armed Forces Charities through this programme; and encourage organisations to work together

£1.5M to support Local Authorities and Local Covenant Partnerships to strengthen future delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant locally, so that veterans, families and the wider Armed Forces community don’t get overlooked.

From funding allocated by HM Treasury in the March 2020 Budget

£3M Emergency Funding for the ‘Veterans Should Not Be Forgotten’ Programme. This is designed to enable local drop in centres and breakfast clubs within the Association of Service Drop In Centres (ASDIC) network; local Age UK branches that already work with veterans and small charities within the Cobseo membership that were providing direct support to veterans in their communities to receive grants of up to £20,000 for projects focused on supporting veterans who are isolated and unable to access services or have limited social contact during the period of self- isolation and restrictions relating to the pandemic.  This fund will have a quick application turnaround for eligible organisations.

£6.5M  Veterans Mental Health Programme (further rounds of Positive Pathways)

Additional support to current grant holders – to make changes to their grants.

The link is here:

Please have a look at these programmes; in particular you may wish to consider an application into the Veterans Should Not Be Forgotten programme, particularly if your organisation has a strong track record in befriending and has had to significantly adapt ways of working due to the pandemic.  As you might imagine, this fund will be highly competitive, so do please come back to me with any questions you may have.  I will forward further details as soon as they are available.

I hope you are keeping well and safe during what is a really stressful time for us all.

I would like to introduce myself to you. I am a Professor in the School of Psychology and Director of the Stress Trauma and Related Conditions (STARC) Research Lab, at Queen's University Belfast. Colleagues and I have just launched a research study that focuses on monitoring the psychological impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19) across both Northern Ireland and Ireland. We hope to develop a detailed understanding of COVID-19 exposures and incidents in the population and how that relates to people's psychological wellbeing over time.  This study has received full ethical approval by the faculty ethics committee. 

I am writing today to ask whether you would consider taking part in the study and also consider circulating this message to colleagues and students in your department/school/university/organisation. Please bear in mind that this is a research study and therefore it will not be providing any mental health advice or support other than signposting to relevant NHS or HSE information. However, we hope that the findings may prove useful with regard to informing such support in the future.

I have attached our promotion flyer and also our participant information sheet so that you can see specifically what the survey involves. We are asking participants to complete a series of short online surveys. The first survey will take approx. 20 minutes to complete and subsequent surveys will take approx. 10 minutes to complete. Even if people can only complete 1 or 2 of these survey we would greatly appreciate it.

This is the link to the survey: 

Thank you so much for your consideration. If at all possible we would really appreciate it if you could also circulate this to your wider networks including friends and family

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