Massive cash boost for British veterans in need
More than £300,000 has this week been distributed to projects which support British Armed Forces and veterans in the latest round of grants from the national Veterans’ Lottery.
The lotto is run by the Veterans’ Foundation and has quickly established itself as a vital source of funding for many charities who require financial help to continue their great work in supporting those in need.
Grants were made to projects that help veterans with mental health problems such as PTSD, schemes that support retraining and mentoring for new careers, and the lottery also supported a project which provides homeless veterans with safe shelter. An initiative to help the children of servicemen and women lost whilst in the Armed Forces also received a grant.
Veterans’ Foundation CEO Major General David Shaw CBE, said: “The grants continue to grow and once again I have to thank the players of the Veterans’ Lottery - the lotto is genuinely changing the lives of those in need and without our monthly players we would be unable to help bring all these projects to life.
“Funding is being provided to a such a wide array of projects and whilst some veterans are preparing for a new career others are at a more vulnerable stage of their lives and require a very different kind of help and support.”
The latest list of grant recipients are:
Combat Stress – 24 Hour Mental Health Helpline.
Pain Association, Scotland - treatment of chronic pain for veterans
The Not Forgotten Association – helping improve mental and physical wellbeing of those injured in service.
Royal British Legion Industries – a grant to deliver two life-changing LifeWorks projects.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers – a grant to enable a support programme for young people aged 19-25 who have suffered the loss of a parent who served in the Armed Forces.
Alabare – supporting homeless veterans and vulnerable ex-servicemen and women.
The Holistic Foundation – creating viable employment opportunities for veterans with mental and/or physical health problems.
Stoll – continued support of a Health and Wellbeing programme for veterans.
Fishability UK – using the therapeutic benefits of fishing and the outdoors to help those with PTSD, depression, anxiety and disability.
Forgotten Veterans UK – a grant which helps with the prevention/relief of poverty for veterans from all armed forces.
Tonic Health – one to one support project for veterans with mental health issues.
Give Us Time – giving military families in need the chance to rebuild bonds tested by separation and trauma through generously donated respite breaks.
DMRC Benevolent Fund (Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre) – a grant to help with the rehabilitation of serving members of the armed forces during their stay at Stanford Hall (formerly Headley Court).
Armed Forces Para Snowsport Team – funding to support Paralympic training in particular two additional Alpine Foundation Camps.
HighGround – assistance in providing training for service leavers and veterans as they prepare for a career in the agricultural sector.
Heropreneurs – helping military veterans, and their dependents, on the road to creating their own businesses.
Everton in the Community – a scheme, run in association with Everton Football Club, which supports Knowsley Veterans Hub in Liverpool.
Dundee Therapy Garden – grant for mental health support through horticulture.
Royal British Legion (Stranraer) – to encourage membership and greater participation of the armed forces community in the region.
Soldiers’ Arts Academy – a grant to support a performance in London.
Back to Back Careers – assistance for military personnel entering the civilian arena after service.
If you would like to support the British Armed Forces and veterans community you can do so by playing the national Veterans’ Lottery. Click to join.