The Trust has delivered a range of strategic programmes designed to support veterans. The £4.2M Tackling Serious Stress programme is funding complex projects exploring new ways of working to reduce serious stress in veterans, their carers and families.

With funding from the Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, the Positive Pathways programme has awarded funding to more than 200 veterans’ projects across the UK since it began in 2019.

The Trust has awarded £2M to eight organisations under the One is Too Many programme, for projects to provide specialist and co-ordinated services that  reduce suicide risk in veterans.

Veterans at the Surf Action project

Surf Action’s “Blue Health Recovery Pathway” programme was funded by a £70,000 grant via the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust’s Positive Pathways programme.

“Getting people in the water takes them out of their comfort zone.  We get them into a wetsuit and rash vest and get them straight into the sea with a surfboard and we have a chat…and that instantly breaks down a lot of the barriers. They get the salt in their hair…we then let the ocean do a lot of the work for us!  The psychological effect is instant.”

Funded through the Tackling Serious Stress programme, Brooke House is delivering a project that individual veterans and their families in their own self-catering three-bedroomed cottage, situated within tranquil grounds in Northern Ireland.

The programme is bespoke to each family’s needs and takes a holistic approach to helping the whole family unit deal with the issues that the veteran is experiencing.

Research and reports

This evaluation focuses on the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust’s Ex-Service Personnel in the Criminal Justice System (CJS) Programme, and was evaluated by RAND Europe. Through this Programme, the Trust awarded £4.6 million in 2015 to 14 projects that support ex-Service personnel who have come into contact with the CJS, followed by a further £1.1 million of continuation grants in 2018 to seven of the 14 projects.

The aim of the Programme was to reduce reoffending and provide support to ex-Service personnel who have come into contact with the CJS. The projects and services funded under the Programme were dedicated to helping identify and support ex-Service personnel throughout the various stages of the CJS, including custody, pre-sentencing, the point of sentence and post-release from custody.

The Aged Veterans’ Fund (AVF) awarded £30 million over a five-year period to fund 19 significant grants to portfolios of projects which supported the non-core health, wellbeing and social care needs for older veterans (those born before the 1 of January 1950). The Trust worked with the University of Chester’s Westminster Centre for Research in Veterans to explore the impact of these grants, and has published an evaluative report based on data from individual project evaluations, which contains five key recommendations to improve future wellbeing for older veterans.

Data from the Aged Veterans’ Fund shows that projects have been reaching veterans between the ages of 75-80 and that there have been improvements to their health and wellbeing. 

A map of the UK, with a background of data and a map pin

Where are veterans in the UK?

Through a series of reports, the Map of Need gives clearer insights into where veterans are within the UK, what their current needs are and what their future needs might be, by looking at the support they have asked for or accessed

The Map of Need Veterans and carers Report May 2021

Pathways into mental health services for UK veterans

This report details the primary pathways into statutory, or NHS/HSC provided care mental health services for veterans across the UK.

Suggested further reading