Free sessions for veterans MK Dons Sport and Education Trust are proud to announce two new Armed Forces programmes Talking Tactics - improve your confidence, health and wellbeing At the Double - a fun programme designed around supporting families with fun and challenges All sessions are FREE and open to veterans, reservists and family members, or anyone from the armed forces community. Registration form, dates and additional information The annual Armed Forces Big Day Event The remembrance event at Stadium MK offers discounts for veterans, armed forces personnel, cadets, reservists, uniformed organisations and their families. Check back for this years date - soon to be announced Moments of this popular event are captured in this silent video from 2021. Mental health partnership for local veterans Veterans in Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes (BLMK) that are struggling with their mental health are being reminded they can use their local dedicated service to seek help. BLMK is working in partnership with Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service (PDF, 193KB) to support local veterans in the area. Contact your local Op COURAGE team by calling 0300 323 0137 or by email. South East Leadership Challenge Day Event Four Milton Keynes Council colleagues represented MKC and their commitment to the Armed Forces community by taking part in the South East Leadership Challenge Day Event, part of the Employer Defence Recognition Scheme. They were split into different groups and completed tasks that were representative of army tasks such as: medical evacuation with the medics creating a winch to pull a Land Rover uphill with the engineers memory with intelligence and problem solving with the police life suits with the logistical corps paintballing with the infantry identifying vehicles with the auxiliary It was a full and enjoyable day and a perfect opportunity to meet other employers who are also part of the Employers Recognition Scheme. It also gave some insight into the variety of skills needed and tasks undertaken by Armed Forces personnel. Veteran friendly accredited GP practices Accredited GP practices and where to find them - to date we have trained 32 GPs, 12 GP practices have joined the accreditation scheme and 35 GP administration staff have been trained as mentors to help those in need. Force for Change programme - this new local grant awards one-year grants of up to £20,000 for projects that seek to promote social inclusion and support Forces communities to be less isolated. This local grant has the aim of tackling the impact of Covid-19 and helping Forces communities and supporting volunteers with local projects. NFF Newsletter June 2022 Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust - find out more about available grant funding and schemes. Veteran Recognition Cards - a recognition card to help armed forces veterans gain access to specialist support and services.