Date: Thursday March 5, 2020 at 1:39pm
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (the
Trust) has announced 60 awards made from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund’s Removing
Barriers to Family Life programme, totalling just over £7M.
Awards were made at two levels,
medium grants of £30k to £100k and large grants of up to £300k or more, for
exceptional, transformational work.
The Trust has supported a whole
range of work to benefit Forces families, from supporting military spouse and
partner employment and the development of the co-working hubs opening at or
near various military bases, to supporting those families transitioning out of
the Forces, or becoming more dispersed with the advent of the Future
Accommodation Model (FAM) and the extra challenges this may bring.
Melloney Poole, Chief Executive
of the Trust, said: “The projects supported address a variety of the challenges
and needs within Armed Forces communities. This programme firmly focused on the
families of those who serve or have served. Those who are left behind when
soldiers deploy, those who stand by their veteran through challenging times
following Service. We’re delighted to have some truly transformational projects
receive a much-needed funding boost and we’re excited to see the positive impact
this will have.”
In Scotland, Royal British Legion
Industries (RBLI) were awarded £91,072 to provide spouses and partners
with meaningful paid work experiences that are designed to reduce isolation,
engage participation and increase skills, which will contribute to positive
mental and physical health.
Michelle Ferguson, Director at Scotland’s Bravest
Manufacturing Company, a division of RBLI said: “We are absolutely delighted to
be funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. This particular project offers
spouses and veterans’ partners the opportunity to benefit from a dedicated
project aimed at reducing isolation and creating greater community cohesion.
Case studies we have collected over the past year demonstrate just how vital
this work is, we already work with a number of veterans’ family members and we
know that this project will help to tackle loneliness by giving them the tools
and support to establish strong support networks.
We are so pleased that we can provide practical assistance
and importantly increase their resilience, which will ultimately lead to a more
fulfilling and meaningful transition back into civilian society.”
Keeping families connected
Reading Force received £90,000 to support Service children
during significant life events including deployment, illness/injury of a
parent, moving home and school, parental divorce/separation, and distance from
extended family. Their ‘Keeping Families Connected’ project will help tackle
the stress and separation anxiety some feel, by supporting good communication
and family bonding through sharing books, chatting about them and scrapbooking.
Baverstock, Founder & Director of Reading Force (and Army
mum and wife for 25 years) told us: “When Forces families are
separated, through deployment or training, or just under pressure, it can be
hard to talk about what’s going on. Communication through shared-reading can
keep everyone in touch – thinking about how someone else will respond to the
book you are both reading lasts much longer than a text message, email or phone
call. We are so grateful for this generous support of our work, as much for the
confidence shown in us as the money which enables us to continue our important
work within the military community.”
To learn more about this programme and view a full list of grants awarded, visit the Trust’s
website at www.covenantfund.org.uk