These projects have all been made possible with support from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund and Hampshire County Council.
The County Council provides regular workshops for community organisations to help them in applying for Armed Forces Covenant funding.
The £10m a year Covenant Fund aims to help integrate Armed Forces and civilian communities nationally, as well as to deliver valuable local community services.
Councillor Andrew Joy, Hampshire County Council’s Armed Forces Champion and Executive Member for Communities, Partnerships and External Affairs, said: “The County Council has proudly supported Hampshire’s Armed Forces communities for many years and was one of the first local authorities to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and establish a strategic Civilian Military Partnership. These workshops are helping communities access Covenant funding and illustrate our commitment to bring military and civilian communities closer together in Hampshire.”
During May this year, over sixty people from schools, Armed Forces units, the charity sector, and the NHS, attended workshops in Aldershot, Gosport and Winchester to hear from projects that have been successfully awarded funding by the Covenant Fund – and share insights into the application process, planning and delivery of their projects.
More workshops are scheduled for August, September and October, full details are on the Armed Forces pages
Hampshire-based projects which have secured Covenant funding after attending a workshop include:
Lauren English, Headteacher at Buryfields Infant school said: “We found the workshop very useful in helping to sharpen our ideas regarding what we could apply for. It was particularly great to hear from other successful groups about the wide range of projects that had secured funding for their service families.”
In addition to the workshops, the County Council has developed several projects and policies to support its Armed Forces community. These include developing a mentoring scheme to support people to transition from the Armed Forces into civilian life, and an app for the Armed Forces community signposting support and assistance they might need. Applications to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund (local grants) can be submitted at any time, with decisions being made four times in every 12 month period.