MK Armed Forces Latest News and Grant Information
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.
Positive Pathways - We're delighted to announce that the popular Positive Pathways programme has reopened for two more rounds and is now open for applications. The first round closes at noon on 25 August with decisions in November. The second round will close at noon on 30 November with decisions in February 2021.
Full programme details can be found at https://covenantfund.org.uk/programme/positive-pathways/
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).
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.
Veterans' Health Awareness Event - 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”.
Armed Forces Covenant Awareness - 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 publically signed on the pitch at half time at their match on 6 April 2019.
Last Updated: 1 September 2020