MK Armed Forces Latest News and Grant Information

VCN LogoMK Council Supports New Local Charity To Help Armed Forces Communities

 In the same year that Milton Keynes Council has received Gold in the Ministry of Defence Armed Forces Recognition Scheme, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has awarded the Council and Veterans Community Network (VCN) a grant of £20,000 to help provide support to local Armed Forces communities who are experiencing difficulties.

After a competitive bidding process, the partnership between MK Council and VCN was one of just a handful of local authorities to receive the grant. The Forces for Change grant will enable VCN to recruit a part-time member of staff.

To date we have 32 GPs trained, 12 GP practices have joined the scheme and 35 GP administration staff trained to help those in need as mentors. 

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.

The Tackling Loneliness programme - this new large grant programme will award two-year fixed grants of £70,000 to projects that seek to tackle loneliness and isolation within Armed Forces communities, in particular groups within the Forces community who are traditionally harder to reach and tend not to engage in services and provision available to them.  A list of these groups, and further information about the priorities of this new programme, are available on our website.

History is made as Armed Forces question to be included in the 2021 Census

The Government has announced that the 2021 Census will now include a question to provide information on whether someone has served in HM Armed Forces.  This is as a result of The Royal British Legion and Poppyscotland’s ‘Count Them In’ Campaign and is a first, in the history of the Census.

The decision to include the question on the 2021 Census will aid the Legion, as well as public bodies, local authorities and other military charities, with valuable information to ensure they can best meet the needs of serving personnel, veterans and their families.

NFF Newsletter April 2021

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust - click to find out more information on available grant funding and schemes.

Veteran ID Cards - A new ID card to help armed forces veterans gain access to specialist support and services has started to be issued.

Combat Stress - From Strength to Strength, find out how Combat Stress has helped a local volunteer. See page 14 – 15 (PDF, 2.4MB).

Disability Confident campaign

Discounted rail travel - If you are a member or a spouse/civil partner of a member of the Regular Armed Forces or Volunteer Reserves then you are eligible for the HM Forces Railcard

Discounts to Veterans - Free Defence Privilege Card offers - Veterans' Gateway has partnered with The Defence Discount Service (DDS) and are offering free discount cards to eligible members of the Armed Forces community.  

The DDS is the official Ministry of Defence discount service for the Armed Forces. The service offers veterans discounts online and in shops across the country.

The DDS is exclusively offering Defence Privilege Cards free to a select number of HM Armed Forces veterans who register as part of the Veterans' Gateway project.

The card usually costs £4.99 per year. There are a limited number of free cards available each year until 2019 under the Veterans' Gateway partnership. The card is valid for five years and clients will need to renew it thereafter.

Visit the Veterans' Gateway website for more information about the Defence Privilege Card. To apply, visit the Veterans' Gateway partnership page on the DDS website and use the password vetgateway at the bottom of the page.

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Last Updated: 5 May 2021