Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer, has praised local community groups following their success in securing Veterans Covenant Funding from the Government.
The Veterans Covenant was established by the Government in 2015 as a way of financially assisting the valuable work done to support veterans in communities across the country.
Three local organisations, SEAP, Battling On CIC and Westcountry Hawks Wheelchair Rugby Club have each been successful in funding bids, receiving between £18000 and £20000 from the Veterans Covenant. This money will enable them to continue delivering the unique work they do with veterans in Plymouth and the surrounding area.
SEAP is starting to deliver Plymouth Military Advocacy Service, Battling On CIC will use the funds to deliver their ‘Inspiring Lives’ project, and the Westcountry Hawks Wheelchair Rugby Club will be using the funding for community integration.
This funding success is in addition to the £80,000 recently received from the LIBOR fund. Johnny Mercer worked with Plymouth City Council as they submitted an application for money from this fund to establish a Veterans Care Navigation Service, signposting veterans to all the services available for them across Plymouth. This service, which is due to start in the next few weeks, will provide an additional source of support for veterans and provide a service enabling both veterans and their dependants to find out what support they can receive and ensuring they know how to access the help available.
Speaking about these recent funding successes, Johnny Mercer said:
“Congratulations to SEAP, Battling ON CIC and Westcountry Hawks Wheelchair Rugby Club on their successful Covenant Funding bids. Each organisation provides a service specifically for Plymouth’s veterans community and securing national funding to build on their already excellent work is great news.
“This funding adds to that which I recently helped secure for the Veterans Care Navigation Service which I am delighted will be launching shortly. So much work is done by so many people across Plymouth to support our community of veterans. The passion these organisations show for their work and their desire to see the best possible support for ex-servicemen and women and their families is an outstanding strength of the city of Plymouth. I look forward to seeing the positive impact of this funding on the lives of those who access these services.”
LIBOR Fund: This funding source comes from the fines levied on the banking industry for manipulating interest rates.