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Date Posted: Friday, 18 September 2020 @ 08:23
New fund to improve life on base for ourserving personnel and serving familiesGrants of up to £20,000 are available for Armed Forcesbases and stations for projects that will develop better spaces for recreation,leisure or for our serving personnel to relax in while off duty, through thelaunch of the NAAFI Fund. The NAAFI Fund, launched today, will fund projects thatenhance welfare and improve quality of life for serving personnel and servin...
Date Posted: Monday, 14 September 2020 @ 15:09
   With various social restrictions still in place acrossthe county, the Trust were keen to support engaging and enjoyable projects thatsought to overcome the current challenges we are all facing and deliveractivities that bring people together in a safe way.Life in lockdown:Each of the projects supported had to show theiractivities could take place safely during any ongoing social restrictions. Thishas led to a great mix of distance le...
Date Posted: Thursday, 6 August 2020 @ 13:54
The University of Sunderland is one of 127 new organisations to be judged the most supportive organisations for Britain’s armed forces, in this year’s Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards. We are now one of 353 organisations, including nine universities, to have met the required gold standard.Launched in 2014, the Employer Recognition Scheme recognises employer support for the wider principles of the Defence Armed Forces Covenant a...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 23 June 2020 @ 11:44
“Mental healthis equally as important as physical health” is the view of fitness educationprovider Study Active’s Managing Director James Luscombe. With this philosophyin mind, Study Active, who are an established provider of ELCAS funded Health& Fitness qualifications, are now proactively encouraging MoD personnel tostudy for their Level 2 Mental Health Awareness qualification - and betterstill, the course can be funded by ...
Date Posted: Monday, 15 June 2020 @ 13:30
#DoingOurBit started as a passion project for Julie Davis, DeputyChief Operating Officer at the Clinical Research Network West Midlands.  As the physical and emotional impact oftreating Covid-19 patients took its toll on her 190-strong workforce, Juliewanted to pull together some free workouts and relaxation sessions to help hercolleagues cope.  The initiative caughtthe eye of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust which wanted to offer the ...
Date Posted: Thursday, 4 June 2020 @ 10:07
New funding to bring Forces communities togetherThe Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (the Trust) has launched an exciting new funding programme to support creative and engaging projects supporting the Armed Forces community during the Covid-19 pandemic.With funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, the Forces Communities Together programme will award grants of up to £10,000 for six-month projects that can take place during social re...
Date Posted: Thursday, 21 May 2020 @ 14:22
On Remembrance Sunday last year, the nation watched as thousands of people took part in the Cenotaph March Past in London to remember our fallen heroes. Among them were a large group of children, recognisable in yellow and black scarves, all who have lost a parent who served the country. They are all members of Scotty’s Little Soldiers - a charity that supports bereaved British Forces children.With income currently low for all charities due...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 19 May 2020 @ 09:30
Ruralink will host its unique Rural Careers Insight Day on 19 May from 9.30am to 3.30pm. This online event will be packed full of inspirational talks including from ex-forces people who are now making their careers working outdoors in land-management and employers and professional bodies actively looking to recruit from this highly skilled and motivated talent pool.Attendees will gain a detailed insight into rewarding follow-on careers in food an...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 29 April 2020 @ 11:43
Royal Air Force Typhoon jets, based at RAF Lossiemouth, have today left for Lithuania to begin the UK’s latest NATO Air Policing mission. The 6 Squadron aircraft are deploying to Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania where they will carry out the Baltic Air Policing mission for the summer, along with the Spanish Air Force, who will be deploying F-18 fighters. This is a core UK defence task that the RAF is able to continue in addition t...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 28 April 2020 @ 11:49
The Puma helicopter, which is part of the Aviation Task Force detachment at Kinloss Barracks, travelled to Stornoway, Benbecula and Barra on the Western Isles to work with personnel from NHS Scotland and HM Coast Guard in the fight against coronavirus.  Operating as part of the tri-Service Joint Helicopter Command, the experienced RAF crews were able to ensure that the emergency care teams are familiar with the aircraft ahead of any pot...