Older Veterans

Older veterans and their families are to benefit from £22.7 million to improve their welfare.

The Aged Veterans Fund has awarded grants to 10 organisations across the country to improve services such as access to healthcare.

£4 million went to Poppyscotland, to manage 14 projects under its Unforgotten Forces programme.

It will provide improvements to homes and will aim to tackle loneliness and isolation through befriending, respite breaks and a newly-created day centre.

Age UK received £4.4 million for its Joining Forces scheme, which offers tailored support for older veterans, providing information and advice, practical support at home, access to social events, and digital technology.

£4.8 million was awarded to the Legion Healthy Living Portfolio, led by The Royal British Legion, to promote healthy living through local activities and the training of specialist staff.

The ten charities to receive the awards are Age UK, Poppyscotland, The Royal British Legion, the British Nuclear Test Veterans Association, Cornwall Rural Community Charity, Rural Action Yorkshire, St Johns and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service, Age Cymru, Seafarers UK, and Hospice UK.

Since it was set up in 2015, the Aged Veterans Fund has received a total of £30 million of LIBOR funds - government fines on banks - to support older veterans.

It is designed to support non-core health, wellbeing, and social care needs for older veterans (born before 1 January 1950), including surviving Second World War veterans, those who undertook National Service, and other voluntary enlisted veterans who may need some focused support in relation to their health and social care needs.

This final round of awards comes after the Aged Veterans Fund initially granted £6.6 million to eight organisations in 2016.

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