The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (the Trust) supports the Armed Forces Covenant by delivering funding programmes that create real change to Armed Forces communities across the UK. They are a charity and are classified as a Non-Departmental Public Body, or NDPB. They look after the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, worth £10M each year. The Armed Forces Covenant Fund has four broad funding themes one of which is Removing Barriers to Family Life. This is the funding stream under which the Association made its successful application.

This project will deliver three main outcomes: iPad training in community settings across the UK,

  • iPad provision: iPads will be given to 50 full members of the Association over 65 years old, who do not already own a tablet, with the aim being to increase digital skills and online communication, ultimately reducing social isolation and loneliness.
  • iPad training: training will be group-based; it is anticipated this will be set up and carried out at community centres across the UK and volunteer led. The aim is to improve digital skills to enable individuals connect with others online. It will act as a place to connect others. In order to maximise attendance we will link with community transport for those with limited transportation links. Members who own their own tablet/smart device will also be welcomed to these training sessions; and
  • the development of an online community space within the association’s website. A safe space as part of the War Widows’ Association website for members to connect with each other.

Part of the funding application meant that the Association had to appoint a Project Manager. More news on this soon…..

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