Several Veterans' support groups in Northern Ireland have received funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, as part of their Force for Change programme.
Army Welfare Service Northern Ireland received funds to run their IMPACT programme, which will support women within the Armed Forces community of Northern Ireland who have experienced isolation and family stress. The programme will include an exercise programme to boost physical health, and art sessions to enhance mental health and wellbeing for participants.
Beyond the Battlefield were successful in gaining funding to support their Veterans Meet Up Lunch Club, which will offer isolated Veterans the chance to socialise and meet likeminded people at their breakfast and lunch clubs.
Regenerate have been funded for their Heads, Hands, Heels project, which will provide a person-centred, focused project for veterans and their families, reducing social isolation and enabling meaningful engagement with others from a similar background. The programme will include socially distanced outdoor activities, as well as workshops and training to enhance the resilience, mental health and wellbeing of Veterans.
The Royal British Legion's Snap to Remember photography project has also been awarded funding. It will provide Veterans with the opportunity to learn new skills, including editing and photography. The Ballynahinch Branch of the Royal British Legion have also been given funding in support of their Build a Trike Together project. This will allow Veterans across Northern Ireland to get together in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere to work together to build a trike from a donor bike.
The Schomberg Society in Kilkeel will engage with Veterans in the Mourne area to take part in a gardening project through their Life Skills for Veterans programme.
If you would like to learn more about any of these projects, or find out how you can get involved, contact Janette at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to view the full list of Force for Change grants awarded across the UK.