Then and now: how a chance find has given an historical boost to one Local Grants’ project

Skill Horizons have been busy exploring and documenting iconic landmarks, war tunnels, buildings and gun placements that were key to the War efforts, for their heritage trail, nestled on the White Cliffs of Dover, thanks to funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants programme. A shared success The project has brought together numerous groups…

Local Grants project unearths new friendships

Lincolnshire County Council were awarded £20,000 from our Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants programme to deliver the year-long ‘Wings to the Past’ project, designed to bring RAF personnel and their families, and the wider community together to research, investigate, and excavate a Roman building. We caught up with the project to find out how the…

Veterans’ Community Centres programme: new awards made

Almost £240,000 has been awarded to Veterans’ community centres in our latest round of funding, spanning the UK and ensuring these vital buildings remain fit for purpose and available to Veterans of all ages. Eleven more centres will now receive funds to help them improve access, revamp toilet facilities, make vital roof and electric repairs…

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…