INDIVIDUALS CHARITIES GRANTS
Our grants to the following organisations support beneficiaries on an individual basis. By working together, we are avoiding duplication, reducing administration and providing a joined-up solution for individuals.
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Alabaré Christian Care and Support is a charity that works with the homeless, those at risk of becoming homeless, Veterans, people with drug and alcohol issues, young people, vulnerable women, individuals with learning disabilities and people with mental health conditions. Their vision is a society where everyone has the opportunity to enjoy a fulfilling life.
To date, Help for Heroes has provided Alabaré with grant funding of £78,539 to support Veterans as they make their tough transition to civilian life. The funding is used to provide accommodation and practical help in Alabaré's supported homes as Veterans progress to independent living.
Presenting issues can include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental ill health, physical problems, addiction and debt issues. Support staff signpost to other welfare agencies and help veterans identify new careers, training and other opportunities. A befriending service is available using volunteers who have been specifically trained and matched.
Chief Executive of Alabaré Andrew Lord says: "It is a great honour to be working with Help for Heroes which has done so very much to highlight the on-going needs of Veterans. Timely and appropriate help prevents a further decline in circumstances that can lead to homelessness, deteriorating mental and physical health, unemployment, poverty, addiction problems and the breakdown of relationships."
Canine Partners assists people with disabilities to enjoy a greater independence and quality of life through the provision of specially trained dogs.
Grant Funding from Help for Heroes has allowed Canine Partners to successfully pair up injured Servicemen and women with dogs who have had a remarkable impact on their lives.
H4H were able to provide £20,000 to pair Steve with Kizzie;
“I always felt self-conscious being in a wheelchair but Kizzie has given me a new lease of life! I don’t have to take a carer when I go out and my wife doesn’t have to worry about me. If I drop my phone, or my keys, Kizzie picks them up and returns them to my lap.
The real reward is the life she has helped me get back, especially my relationship with my children. I can now take them out to play again at the park or for a walk in the woods nearby. They love throwing the ball for her so walks are not so boring with daddy now.”
It takes between 15-18 months to train a canine partner from selection at eight weeks old through puppy training and advanced training until they are partnered with a person with disabilities. Each partnership has regular visits from the Charity’s aftercare assistants and support and advice are available 24 hours a day.
Help for Heroes provided grant funding of £20,000 to allow Carterton Town Council to upgrade their disabled access facilities at the repatriation centre.
This will allow our wounded, injured or sick ease of access and dignity when facing the challenging repatriation ceremony of a colleague and friend.
Help for Heroes have provided grant funding of £154,000 to DMWS since 2012 to secure the employment of a Welfare Officer at the Tedworth House Recovery Centre in Tidworth.
This important welfare specialist is available to support our wounded, injured and sick residents and their families at the Recovery Centre. Offering holistic, practical, and emotional help, the DMWS Welfare Officer is a crucial member of the Tedworth House team.
In addition to round-the-clock support, the DMWS Welfare Officer accompanies residents to their outside clinical or medical appointments and is able to report back to the team at Tedworth House Recovery Centre on any welfare needs that may arise. Once referred back to the Support Hub, the Welfare Office can ensure any new needs are assessed and picked up as swiftly as possible. He or she is responsible for the day to day welfare of all of the residents at Tedworth House Recovery Centre and of their visitors.
Band of Sisters member Rachel Elkins knows first-hand the invaluable support provided by the DMWS Welfare Officer:
“They are a true God send,” she said. “When my family needed someone to talk to or help us with certain appointments, they were there and that is so important. Knowing you have someone you can turn to and trust 100% is vital to recovery and coping with your situation. My husband was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and I am not sure we could have coped without our Welfare Officer, she has been so crucial to us as a family.”
Nicky Murdoch, Chief Executive, DMWS says; “We are delighted to have been awarded funding from Help for Heroes to continue our Welfare Service at Tedworth House. Our work compliments Team Tedworth and is an excellent example of Military charities working together to provide the best possible service to our Armed Forces”
Following the Nepal earthquake in 2015, Help for Heroes provided emergency grant funding of £100k to the Gurka Welfare Trust to support Gurkha Veterans and their families who served with the British Armed Forces.
The On Course Foundation (OCF) is the only Services golf charity. It provides long-term benefits for wounded troops and veterans using the medium of golf. OCF provides monthly, nationwide familiarisation, skills and employment training events for its members. The Foundation then offers practical training through work experience placements for those who wish to pursue a career in the golf industry. The progressive structured OCF programme builds personal esteem and self-confidence, and, on completion (with OCF's on-going support), members have the skills, knowledge and confidence to find long-term employment.
After seeing the fantastic results being achieved by the OCF, Help for Heroes (H4H) provided a grant of £50k to further their work. Founder and Chairman of the OCF, John Simpson had this to say regarding the H4H grant:
'The OCF has harnessed the generous funding from Help for Heroes to support our training events, where the attending injured members receive golf skills tuition from accredited teaching professionals and also receive career advice and presentations from various sectors of the golf industry. The eventual aim of these events is to provide employment within the golf industry for our injured members, and we are very grateful to Help for Heroes for helping us achieve this.'
We are delighted to have been able to contribute to this very simple idea. We put £10,000 aside for the Military Liaison Officer’s (MLO) fund at Salisbury District Hospital.
The money enables the MLOs to take the patients and their relatives out for a pizza or a curry while they are at either of the Hospitals.
The fund is very simple; the MLOs know what their patients would benefit from, they have the cash, they do it and that is that; simple but very, very effective.PP
The RAF Aeromedical Evacuation (AE) system repatriates Servicemen and women injured in the line of duty from anywhere in the world back to appropriate specialist care in the UK. More often than not, this can involve long periods of time in transit on military air transport designed for utility over comfort.
The majority of AE patients are conscious and anything that may take their mind off their injuries and reassure them that people are there to support their rehabilitation can help make the journey go quicker. Grant funding from Help for Heroes has been used to provide welfare packs for the flight home. The packs include an MP3 player, a Help for Heroes hoody, a magazine and some messages of support. Also included are practical items such as deodorant, a toothbrush, a t-shirt and shorts, all of which are useful when a patient arrives on the ward, still wearing the uniform they were injured in.
To date Help for Heroes have provided £220,000 to support patients at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
The money enables the Military Liaison Officer’s (MLOs) to provide the little extras and nice to haves to support patients and their relatives during their stay at the hospital. This could include taking them for a meal out, a welcome gift back with essentials for a patient who has arrived with no possessions or bringing a chef onto the ward to cook patient's favorite meals.
The fund is very simple; the MLOs know what their patients would benefit from, they have the cash, they do it and that is that; simple but very, very effective.
Additionally funds have supported the purchase of a specially adapted minibus. This allows the RCDM to take patients out the ward on day trips, a huge boost to morale during recovery.
The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine is responsible for the care of military patients, has medical staff from all three Armed Services and works alongside the NHS, providing world class medical care.
Help for Heroes have granted £500,000 to SBSA through our Quick Reaction Fund to support individuals wounded, injured or sick in service.
Additionally, H4H have provided £3,840 to support the build of the SBSA Families Centre.
We donated £16,000 to Troop Aid, a wonderful group of volunteers who supply goodies to the hospital at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham to make a wounded patient's life a little better. The funding meant they were able to provide every patient injured while on active service a Troop Aid Hero Grab Bag. The bag contains all the 'nice to haves' like a t-shirt, underwear, socks, washing and shaving kit (or female equivalent) as well as other items like writing paper, a telephone card and memory stick.