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…

Tackling Veterans’ isolation in Kent thanks to Veterans’ Community Centres Programme

The Trust was excited to get the opportunity to visit a new installation at the Royal Marines Association (RMA) Deal club in Kent last week, following their grant award of £17,386 through the Veterans’ Community Centres (VCC) Programme. One of the first to receive funding from this programme, the club have installed a new carvery…

Veteran support in the heart of Derbyshire

Parwich Royal British Legion Club has become one of the first groups to receive funding from the Veterans’ Community Centres (VCC) Programme. Based in the vibrant village of Parwich, in the heart of Derbyshire within the Peak District, the club was formed just after the Second World War, quickly becoming an essential community hub. With…

First awards made under Veterans’ Community Centres Programme

We’re delighted to announce that the first awards have now been made under our Veterans’ Community Centres Programme and 11 worthy projects will take a share of just over £220,000 awarded to improve the facilities available to veterans in their local communities.   From making centres more accessible for disabled veterans, to modernising these spaces into places that…

Latest awards made under Local Grants Programme

A new batch of awards has been made under our Local Grants Programme and it’s great to see awardees using the money in such a variety of ways!  From outdoor sports equipment, to forest school sessions, to tackling knife crime – we’re sure these worthy projects are set to make a huge difference in communities across the UK and overseas. …

From Chelsea to Normandy: Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants Programme supports D-Day legacy garden

D-day revisited has become one of the latest organisations to receive funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants Programme, using their funding to create a national tribute and legacy to the veterans of Normandy and the D-Day landings. A grant of £20,000 was awarded to support this extraordinarily poignant garden – and its move…

Local grants award brings new skills in Scotland

Community-led organisation, Gorebridge Community Cares, received £20,000 from the Local Grants Programme in October 2018 to deliver the ‘food for thought’ project – a series of cooking classes, ‘talking and doing’ workshops and education and employment sessions for local veterans, Armed Forces personnel and Service families. All of these fantastic sessions have been designed to…