Milton Keynes Armed Forces Covenant News and Events


Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust

There are a number of  grants available:  

POSITIVE PATHWAYS PROGRAMME

The Positive Pathways is an exciting new programme and is now live!  Grants of £35,000 and £70,000 are available for Armed Forces charities working with members of the ex-forces community facing mental health or wellbeing challenges. They are keen to see projects by veterans, for veterans.  If you have an activity based project - whether sports, arts, heritage or another outdoor activity, check the website for more information, including our programme guidance and how to apply. 

VETERANS COMMUNITY CENTRES

A Veterans Community Centre is a space where veterans meet and socialise. It might be open in the evening. If you run a space like this, or know an organisation that does; then there's up to £30,000 available for projects to fix the roof, improve facilities or make it easier for veterans with disabilities to use the space. The next round closes on 3rd June!

There are two other funding programmes open for applications:

Veterans' Health Awareness Event

Dr Thao Nguyen delivering a presentation at Parkside Medical Centre
Dr Thao Nguyen, Andrew Harrington (CEO MKGP Federation) and Johanna Hrycak as the Armed Forces Covenant is signed.

Milton Keynes Council and the MK GP Federation held their first veterans’ health awareness event at Parkside Medical Centre on Thursday 16th May.  Local GP Dr Thao Nguyen (who is also a Lt Col in the Royal Army Medical Corps) delivered presentations along with Johanna Hrycak, the council's covenant officer, also a SSgt in the same corps.   The event was the first in a series of planned events to raise awareness of veterans' health issues both amongst the veteran community and GP surgeries.  It was attended by 25 veterans.  The MKGP federation also signed the Armed Forces Covenant.  Mr Andrew Harrington, CEO of the Federation said ‘“The Federation is proud to have signed this covenant.  We will work with our member practices, their staff, and the wider system to ensure we do all we can to improve the health and well-being of our veterans”

 

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The Armed Forces Covenant Project Manager, Johanna Hrycak, met with Kate Lole (Regional Employer Engagement Director) at an Armed Forces Covenant Awareness event at RAF Halton on 12 March 2019.  CEO of the MK Dons, Maralyn Smith (right), was there to learn more about the covenant, which the Dons will be publically signing on the pitch at half time at their match on 6 April 2019.

 

MK Armed Forces Covenant
Two local businesses, KDMC Services and Enforcement Services, signed the Armed Forces Covenant on 30 November 2018 at the Civic Offices.  Both already employ veterans/reservists and are well on their way to the next step, which is the Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.  If you know of a local business who may be interested in signing the covenant, email Johanna.hrycak@milton-keynes.gov.uk , as we hope to host another signing event in the new year.

 

Armed Forces signing - MK Dons
On Saturday 6 April 2019 MK Dons FC became the latest local organisation to sign the Armed Forces Covenant.  Pete Winkelman (MK Dons Chairman) and John Cove (MK Dons Sport and Education Trust Chairman) signed the Covenant on the Stadium MK pitch before the club's important game against Lincoln City.

 

Last Updated: 28 May 2019