All across the country, the military and civilian populations are being brought closer together by the Armed Forces Community Covenant. A&Y checks out some of the latest schemes to have benefited…
1. MAKING A SPLASH
SPLASH Wiltshire provides free positive activities during the school holidays for 9-16 year olds, prioritising young people facing challenges in life.
A grant from the Community Covenant has enabled the charity to engage more military families in their programme.
This summer there’s an exciting line up including Wet N Wild; Out There with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust; Paddle, Pedal, Pursuit and Survival overnight adventures, as well as art, music and animation projects.
Find out more by visiting the website at www.splash-wiltshire.org.uk
2. PIRBRIGHT PLAY PARK
A NEW recreation area has been created at Beech Grove in Surrey. It’s a great example of joint working between the Army and local authorities to provide a facility that will bring together the civilian and military communities in the true spirit of the Covenant. If you’re in the area, go along and join in the fun!
3. KENT PROJECT BOOST
MORE than £250,000 has been awarded to groups in Dover district to strengthen ties between the Armed Forces and the community.
The Army Welfare Service, Skills Horizons and Futures for Heroes will benefit from this round of Community Covenant grants. White Cliffs Primary School in Dover also welcomed funding for its Dancing on Armistice Day project.
4. WORLD-CLASS SUPPORT
A £500,000 investment has been made to deliver world-class support to the Armed Forces in Wigan Borough.
Work is underway to develop the Armed Forces Community Hub, which will give specialist support to the 22,000 veterans, families, Reservists and serving personnel currently living in the area.
Has the Covenant benefited your local community? Share your stories with AFF’s Covenant Liaison, Kate McCullough, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org