Thanet Veterans – Belonging and Celebrating

Together with Age UK Thanet we are pleased to announce that they  have been awarded a grant from The Armed Forces Covenant Trust’s Positive Pathway Programme. The successful proposal “Thanet Veterans – Belonging and Celebrating” will receive a grant of £35,000 and enable Age UK Thanet’s new askCAL service to extend the support they offer to veterans.

 

We will deliver the project on behalf of Age UK Thanet.

Thanet Veterans – Belonging and Celebrating  aims to improve the welfare of older veterans living both in care homes and the community through engagement in a range of creative activities in various locations . These will include the creation of a Veteran’s Choir, and activities including ceramics and animation.  These activities will be led by local, Kent creatives, with an established record. The activities will be open to veterans over 55 and their immediate family members. The activities will be brought together in an end of project concert and exhibition that will celebrate the centenary of the Royal British Legion in Kent.

 

Age UK Thanet’s Fundraising Manager, said “This project is badly needed because our veterans have been shielding for such a long time. It should provide everyone for a reason to go outside, feel the elements again and live a little. We know from other arts partnerships, that coming together for a chat over a packet of peanuts at the bar and learning a new artistic skill and/or just creating can make a huge amount of difference right now to everyone’s well-being. Kent Arts and Wellbeing have an excellent reputation and we’re pleased to partner with them on such a worthwhile project.”

The project is an important development for us as it extends our activity into Thanet, enlarges our range of  creative activities to include  singing and animation, and reinforces our relationship with Espression Arts.  We look forward to engaging with the armed forces community and making a difference to the lives of veterans in Thanet.

For more information contact Ken Scott, ken@kentartsandwellbeing.org.uk or by phone on 07884497478.

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