Community projects benefit from Armed Forces Covenant funding

Two community organisations in Midlothian have each been awarded £20,000 for one-year projects from the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund, operated by the Ministry of Defence.

Local charity

Anam Cara is a charity working with women experiencing low self-esteem, stress, anxiety or depression. Their newly funded pilot project will provide 10 to 15 women from armed forces or veterans’ families with a fortnightly support service over 20 weeks. The project will be delivered in partnership with Lothians Veterans Centre.

Community cares

Gorebridge Community Cares is also receiving financial support for a project to deliver cooking, "talking and doing" and informal educational workshops for veterans, armed forces personnel, their families, partners and the wider community. The project will be delivered in Gorebridge and Penicuik and aims to improve physical and mental health and employment opportunities.

Council support

Midlothian Council supports the Midlothian Armed Forces Covenant Partnership and helps promote the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund. The Partnership is co-chaired by Provost Peter Smaill, who is also the Midlothian Armed Forces Champion.

Funding welcomed

“I am delighted that these community groups have been successful in receiving support from the Trust Fund,” said Councillor Smaill. “Both projects focus on providing much-needed support for armed forces personnel, veterans and their families in Midlothian, and this funding will be widely welcomed.”

More information

Find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant:

10 Jan 2019