Anna Wright, new Chief Executive of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, has a question. She wants to know how the Fund can best support the Armed Forces community through the grants they make. The Fund has launched a survey to help ensure that the programmes they develop, and the grants they make, continue to make real change to Armed Forces communities across the UK.
Veteran Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA) Team Lead, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Guy Benson said: “This is invaluable funding, and I know first hand it has a huge impact. It’s a good opportunity for members of the public to shape how funding is delivered so it reaches the places it really needs to. I’ll certainly be completing the survey and look forward to the results once published.
“Anna-Marie Tipping, VCHA Regional Lead for London and the South East, previously worked on The Positive Pathways Programme. That was funded by The Armed Forces Covenant Trust. It had two aims: to support high quality work that benefits veterans who have mental health needs; and to enable the organisations delivering this work to build referral pathways, both into and onwards, from the support they offer.
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust delivers several different grant funds, including the Covenant Fund, and the NAAFI Fund, and last year over £25million was awarded in support of the Armed Forces community. More than 700 Armed Forces projects were supported, and 116 of those grants were for projects to help veterans gain better mental health.
The Veteran Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA) is committed to improving Armed Forces and Veteran care whilst raising standards for all. 105 NHS providers in England are now Veteran Aware accredited, and the VCHA aims to have all Trusts in England accredited by November 2022 at the latest. Find out more about our work and about Rehabilitation by clicking here.