Community cohesion in Colchester

Age Concern Colchester is bringing the community together to tackle loneliness and explore different cultures thanks to funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants programme. Working closely with the Colchester Nepalese Society, the group is hosting a variety of practical and holistic activities and events – all designed to help members make new friends…

The Invictus UK Trials: what we learned. What we can do now…

Following our week at the Invictus UK Trials in Sheffield, we’ve been thinking more in-depth about the importance of sport in the recovery process, not only for Veterans, but also their families and those who support them. We always knew that our time at the Trials was going to give us a unique insight into…

Boosting Veteran support in Grimsby and Cleethorpes

The Grimsby and Cleethorpes branch of the RAF Association have received a funding boost from the Veterans’ Community Centres programme, to help better provide for the many Veterans they work with. Veterans such as 102-year-old Stanley Edmunds (pictured centre), who served in the RAF during the Second World War and now receives support from the…

Poetry trail brings history to life at Brackfield Wood

That their deaths were not in vain, That is their legacy, rooted here, In branch and leaf endeared, Each tree equal, each the same. by Dr Sam Burnside MBE, Woodland Trust Poet in Residence With help from funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants programme, a newly-installed poetry trail is bringing local military history…

Exploring the reach of the Armistice and Armed Forces Communities programme

This programme aimed to bring communities together, to think about the Armistice, and importantly, to think about Armed Forces Communities today. In 2018, communities across the United Kingdom were thinking about the centenary of the end of World War One and how they can commemorate and bring people together. Through this award scheme we helped…