The money will be used to support three programmes: Kings Camps, which provide high-quality learning and development opportunities for children of serving families; Relate, the relationship support service; and a Volunteering Campaign Programme fund that will recruit and train volunteers to provide support, friendship and practical help for Royal Navy and Royal Marines beneficiaries.
£200,000 will go towards expanding the Relate pilot into wider delivery, while another £200,000 will expand the Kings Camps pilot programme delivering summer camps for children of serving personnel. The largest share of £550,000 will support the new Volunteering Campaign Programme initiative to source and fund innovative volunteer programmes combating loneliness, isolation and practical help. The remaining £50,000 will go on running costs.
All of the identified programmes are scheduled to start in 2017 and run for three years.
The projects were selected for the funding following a series of need workshops, held throughout 2016 alongside peer charities and service providers.
Mandy Lindley, RNRMC director of relationships and funding, said:
“We’re delighted that the Treasury has awarded these funds to us. They will make such a difference to the lives of the entire Naval Service family. The boost toward our Volunteering Campaign Programme, Helping Hands, in particular will have a huge impact on our ability to fund early intervention and preventative charities and programmes. It will mark a step-change in our ability to add value to our existing grantmaking programmes through the offer of social support.”
Image: Kings Camp HMS Temeraire
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