Through the Covenant fund the Junction Box will be able to provide self-employment education and support to veterans in the county.
Ann Johnson of Wave-length said: This is a great opportunity it will not just help veterans to understand how they might transfer skills developed in the forces but also help them integrate into the local small business community, build supportive networks and for those that it suits the chance to build a business idea. It is great to get this support from the Covenant Fund which will mean offering theses sessions for free to Shropshire veterans – cannot wait to get started’
The money given to Wave-length is part of the New £10m Covenant fund awarded to 174 Armed Forces projects
The new annual fund was launched in June 2015, demonstrating the Government’s long-term commitment to supporting schemes under the Armed Forces Covenant.
The Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. The 2015 fund priorities are community integration, the coordination and delivery of support to the Armed Forces community, and veterans in the criminal justice system.
Fifty-nine small grants totalling almost £1m were awarded in late 2015 and a further 93 small bids worth £1.46m and 24 larger bids exceeding £7.4m have now been announced. Community integration projects involve civilian and military communities working together and therefore increase understanding between them. The coordination and delivery of the support strand is about delivering services such as healthcare, along with improving employability and social support. Schemes that help veterans in prison and on return their return to civilian life will benefit from £4.6m.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “The new fund strategically targets areas of need. Every year, this £10m will go towards worthy projects that fully promote the principles of the Covenant.”
If you are Shropshire based veteran wondering if self-employment might be for you then just drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org who will be taking the lead role in delivering this exciting project