Monday 7th November 2022
Free webinar Loneliness and the Armed Forces Community
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (The Trust) is inviting those working with or on behalf of the Armed Forces community to attend a free webinar exploring loneliness and the Armed Forces community.
When: Tuesday 15 November, 10am to 11am.
Where: Via Zoom
October saw the Trust launch Tackling Armed Forces Loneliness: An Evaluation of the Trust’s Tackling Loneliness Programme in collaboration with: Neighbourly Lab, Campaign to End Loneliness, and The King’s Centre for Military Health Research(KCMHR), King’s College London.
This in-depth evaluation explores the success of the Trust’s Tackling Loneliness funding programme, including identification of best practices. It also explores loneliness and its effect on the Armed Forces community.
The Trust now wants to take this learning to the wider community and is inviting those working, or with an interest, in this space, to attend their online webinar: Loneliness and the Armed Forces Community.
Making a positive difference
The Tackling Loneliness evaluation report explores the outcomes of the Tackling Loneliness programme – what works, what lessons can be learned, and the many ways funding was used to make a positive difference.
Guest speakers at the webinar will include three organisations who received funding from the Tackling Loneliness programme:
Fighting with Pride have worked hard to build trust amongst the LGBTQ+ veteran community, overcoming reticence to engage in services, particularly when connecting with broader community organisations. Mutual support and building strong networks has been central to their work. Join the webinar to hear more about how they are identifying and including those most hard to reach.
RAF Brize Norton/Carterton Families Centre have been supporting serving families facing separation, isolation and those who are, or perceive themselves to be, single parent households. Their Tea Time Club has become a lifeline for many, being cited as a key asset of RAF Brize Norton’s deployment support, which is considered an example of best practice. At the webinar, you’ll hear more about the specific needs of this community and how the Tackling Loneliness funding has helped.
Brooke House has co-developed their model making club into a more general social hub. The attendees have become very close and value greatly the peer support these social occasions deliver. While an activities co-ordinator was present at the outset of the project, the group have become more self-sufficient as time has gone on, leaving a legacy of sustainability. Learn more about their sustainability success during the webinar.
Exploring the findings of the evaluation
Attendees will also hear from the evaluators Neighbourly Lab, Campaign to End Loneliness and the King’s Centre for Military Health Research. Plus, the Trust will share details of a toolkit that has been developed from the findings, which organisations can use within their own networks and projects to help their beneficiaries overcome loneliness.
Find out more
Full details of the Loneliness and the Armed Forces Community webinar, including how to sign up to attend, can be found on the Trust’s website.