Supporting Veterans charities

Our grants to the following organisations support our Veteran beneficiaries and their loved ones. By working together, we are avoiding duplication, reducing administration and providing a joined-up solution for individuals.

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Grant funding of £480k from Help for Heroes is supporting a specialist mountaineering rehabilitation programme for injured Veterans – Adventure Quest UK.

The programme is the first of its kindwith participants undertaking mountaineering challenges in the four mountainous areas of the UK. The focus is on developing a broad range of effective leadership and communication skills to assist both in an individuals’ recovery and in future work related opportunities. These expeditions are spread throughout the year, each lasting roughly three to six days.

Participants have the opportunity to train for a qualification as a Mountain Leader and also get one-to-one employment support from a leading recruitment service.

Paul Lefever, programme founder and manager believes this programme is bringing about substantial improvement in dealing with the trauma many ex- service personnel face and assisting participants in readjusting to a healthier way of life.

The project is funded by Help for Heroes, Walking with the Wounded and Norfolk PCT.

Read how the course helped Veteran Jamie Hull in the Help for Heroes Blog

Battle Back logo

Help for Heroes is a founder patron of the Battle Back programme, a UK Military initiative. Battle Back uses Adaptive Adventure Training and Sports Rehabilitation to help seriously wounded Service personnel gain independence and confidence to focus on what they can achieve, rather than what they can’t.

To date Help for Heroes has provided £2m to the programme which has supported 1,500 wounded, injured and sick individuals through activities such as sailing, swimming, cycling or water-skiing, and 80 individuals at an elite level across all summer and winter Paralympic sports.

Battle Back climbing

Battle Back and Help for Heroes also have close links with the British Paralympic team and works to identify wounded personnel who show a talent for a particular sport and may benefit from inclusion in Paralympic Development programmes.

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The H4H grant funded four adventurous events for the wounded, organised by Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, including a transatlantic yacht race, a ski trip to Colorado, ski bobbing in Austria and the 2009 Fastnet challenge.

Blesma is a national charity for limbless serving and ex Servicemen and women, and their dependants and widows. The charity supports wounded Service personnel who lose limbs, the use of limbs or their eyesight in the service of their country, from World War veterans to current day Service personnel.

Blesma is there for life-long support, which starts with rehabilitation, proving that there is 'life after amputation'. The charity also campaigns for the interests of wounded Servicemen and women and provides counselling, grants and advice to amputees wounded in the line of duty.

BLESMA crew on board Spirit of Juno

Blesma rehab is focused primarily on amputees helping amputees, referred to as the 'fellowship of shared experience'. By way of example, in November 2008, a Blesma all-amputee crew sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to Barbados. A month later, 15 members - 10 of whom were very recent casualties - skied together in the Rocky Mountains. The aim of the charity is to be able to offer more and more opportunities to deserving wounded soldiers.

 Blind Veterans UK, previously known as St Dunstans, is a charity that supports blind or visually impaired ex-Servicemen and women throughout the UK.

Blind Veterans UK currently have three centres in England and Wales; on the South Coast, in the North of England and in North Wales. Each centre is a place for recreation, training and rehabilitation for blind veterans and their families. Each centre is slightly different, but they all help men and women who have served in the Armed Forces come to terms with their sight loss and build skills to live their lives to the full.

Help for Heroes is delighted to have provided Blind Veterans UK with a £1m grant, which has been used to assist in the extension of the former North Wales Medical Centre in Llandudno. This building is a state of the art rehabilitation centre that has already began to provide training and respite to blind veterans.

On the 12 June 2006, Help for Heroes Ambassador Simon Brown had successfully rescued six of his colleagues whose vehicle had broken down. He managed to get their vehicle going, but was hit by sniper fire whilst withdrawing from the area. A bullet entered his left cheek and exited through his right cheek, shattering both cheekbones, destroying his left eye and severely damaging his right eye, leaving him with only 19% vision.

Blind Veterans UK Llandudno Centre

Now - six years later - Simon is living independently in his hometown of Morley, West Yorkshire. This is due to a combination of support from Blind Veterans UK and H4H.

He explains what Blind Veterans UK means to him:

"As well as all the invaluable and practical support offered by Blind Veterans UK, it was the sense of belonging and understanding from their community that's really helped me to stay positive. I'm a member of the younger Blind Veterans Group; we meet up to discuss new ideas and initiatives, share a joke and keep each other smiling."

As well as being heavily involved in Blind Veterans UK, Simon is a member of H4H’s Band of Brothers and has recently completed treks across the Sahara and in Costa Rica in fundraising efforts for the charity.

In recognition of the hard work done by Help for Heroes, Simon says "without charities like Help for Heroes, so many blokes like me would be stuck".

His story exemplifies the fantastic results that can occur when charities work together.

 

Patron Ross Kemp and Ambassador Simon Brown

 

Help for Heroes has been involved with HorseBack UK from the early days of the Charity after recognising its potential to provide a unique outdoor recovery pathway, using a combination of equine therapy, using horses, the outdoors and adventure training to help individual’s regain confidence, mobility, to rebuild and move forward into their future.

To date, Help for Heroes have provided £165m of grant funding to support the charity. This includes capital costs for infrastructure and the purchase of additional equipment as well as an ongoing annual grant of £75k to support they charity's running costs.

Wounded soldier with horse at Horseback UK

National Gulf Veterans and Families Association logo

The NGVFA was established to help Service personnel and families affected by the first Gulf war.  The NGVFA have expanded and now include Veterans and families from recent conflicts.

A £29,000 grant from Help for Heroes to NGVFA will be used to support their annual family respite breaks.  The five day respite breaks provide a safe haven, a chance to meet people in a similar situation and to learn from shared experiences. The breaks can  be particularly useful for children, who may never have met and  interacted with like-minded peers. The breaks balance family entertainment and mutual support with an educational element and also offer informative workshops.

To find out more or to contact NGVFA, visit their website at: http://www.ngvfa.org.uk/about/contact.asp

Not Forgotten Association logo

A total of £810,000 in grant funding has been awarded to the Not Forgotten Assocation (NFA) by Help for Heroes since 2009 to provide provide leisure and recreation activities for our current wounded.

The NFA was formed in 1920 and aims to act for the benefit of service and ex-service personnel with disabilities or who are wounded, including the organisation of, or provision of items or facilities for, leisure and recreational activities, travel, holidays and outings. 
 
Read how grant funding to NFA is making a difference in the Help for Heroes Blog

servicemen canoeing

Help for Heroes has agreed grant funding to support the work of The Guards Museum Trust.  The Museum exists to tell the story of the development of the five Regiments of Her Majesty’s Foot Guards. It collects and preserves artifacts that represent these Regiments rich history since 1642 to the present day.    

The Guard's MuseumThe Trust has constructed ‘The Flanders Fields Memorial Garden’ at the Museum to commemorate the 4,096 soldiers of the Guards regiments who died in the trenches in the Great War. The garden represents a unique opportunity not only to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War but it also gives the people of Belgium an opportunity to thanks the Guards regiments for liberating their country.

This £700,000 project was being carried out by The Guards Museum in conjunction with Flanders House in London, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain.
 
Construction of the project involved collecting soil from the Flanders Fields battlefield cemeteries in ceremonies of remembrance and laying the soil in the circular bed in the newly constructed garden.
 
Grant Funding of £40,000 from Help for Heroes was used to construct a disabled access ramp to enable access for Wounded, Injured or Sick Servicemen, Women and Veterans to the Memorial Garden and to The Guards Museum and The Guards Chapel (this represents the only Military Chapel left in London).

To read more about the work of the Trust, visit their website at: http://www.theguardsmuseum.com/ .

The Poppy Factory logo

In June 2011, The Poppy Factory announced its plans to help wounded, injured or sick ex-Service men and women into mainstream employment. The Poppy Factory has been piloting an employment services model and has successfully placed more than 100 veterans of all ages in jobs all around the UK. Over the next five years, it plans to help over 400 more.

Help for Heroes have been able to commit £514,000 in grant funding to the programme, enabling The Poppy Factory to draw down funds when needed to support individuals.

The Poppy Factory finds and matches employers with clients, they support clients to explore their professional aspirations, audit their skills and experiences and understand where any gaps exist. Case workers then work intensively with clients to develop practical tools such as CV writing and interview techniques.

Help for Heroes have granted £14,711 to support wounded, injured and sick recipients of the George Cross and George Medal to attend a 75th Anniversary event held in London in on 24th September 2015.

The event aimed to establish and reinforce a network of gallantry medal holders, raising public awareness of their action and the need to support these brave heroes.

Grant funding was used to cover the travel and accommodation costs to enable wounded, injured and sick medal holders to attend the event. 
 

Veteran's Outreach Support logo

Help for Heroes have granted £10,000 to Veterans Outreach Support to enable them to deliver outreach services to wounded injured and sick Veterans at their centre in Portsmouth.

The centre provides a welcoming and relaxed place where Veterans and family members can come for confidential social or psychological support, or simply to meet for a chat and a cuppa. Former members of British Armed Forces and Reserves, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Merchant Navy are all welcome. 

To find out more about the center visit http://www.vosuk.org/ 

 

Veterans Scotland logo

Veterans Scotland is an association of 56 organisations connected by the common aim of working with the veterans’ community within Scotland.  They act as an umbrella organisation for Service Charities throughout Scotland. Help for Heroes is proud to be supporting the work of Veterans Scotland with a grant of £20,000 per annum.

The grant from Help for Heroes will enable the continuation of this invaluable service throughout Scotland that ensures continual improvement and awareness of veterans’ issues within the Scottish community.

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