Tackling Veterans’ isolation in Kent thanks to Veterans’ Community Centres Programme

July 1, 2019

Veterans from Deal RNA Branch celebrating the grant awarded to refurbish their centre

The Trust was excited to get the opportunity to visit a new installation at the Royal Marines Association (RMA) Deal club in Kent last week, following their grant award of £17,386 through the Veterans’ Community Centres (VCC) Programme.

One of the first to receive funding from this programme, the club have installed a new carvery to cater for regular Veterans’ lunches, as well as generally updating the club space, a valuable community hub that helps combat loneliness and isolation amongst the local Veteran population.

Tackling loneliness and isolation

People standing at a bar

Speaking of the new facilities and the difference they will make, RMA – The Royal Marines Charity Trusts and Partnerships Manager, Chris Hirst, said: “The new function room, which has been set up here with the funding, enables us to bring a community environment, where we can help alleviate loneliness and isolation through a new carvery, which has replaced an old bar, and a kitchen facility which means mass catering can be developed.”

Could your centre access funding?

Improving and maintaining spaces such as this is vital and is exactly what this funding programme has been set up to achieve. We strongly encourage other Veterans’ centres to consider applying. Grants of up to £30,000 are available and the application process is simple.

To find out more about the Royal Marines Charity and your local branch, visit https://royalmarinesassociation.org.uk/home/