Ex Forces Community Action Team

Voluntary Action Coventry secured funding through the Armed Forces Covenant Fund to develop a project aimed at helping ex-service personnel and their families to integrate with civilian communities through the sharing of time, skills and resources.

The project aimed to help integrate Armed Forces and civilian communities by creating strong sustainable links between the Armed Forces community and civilian communities in Coventry.  Through Coventry 4 Good we aimed to demonstrate that by working together there is a shared benefit that impacts positively on both the civilian and Armed Forces communities. 

The project aimed to bring people together to tackle local issues and to participate in joint activity where the skills and time volunteered by everyone involved are recognised and valued. Collaborating in this way helped overcome barriers that prevent integration of Armed Forces personnel, by increasing the social integration, emotional wellbeing and health of Armed Forces personnel and their families. 

We recruited Nicholas Caswell as the Ex Forces Community Action Team Leader who was responsible for building links with local barracks and TA centres – in particular to help identify early service leavers; recruiting participants onto the project and for liaising with voluntary and community groups to identify suitable activities. 

After 9 months of working at VAC, Nick has moved on to new challenges. During Nick’s time at VAC his achievements included:

  • Being a powerful advocate for ex forces personnel and their families
  • Raising awareness of issues at both local and national level
  • Meeting with and having the opportunity to influence government ministers
  • Meeting HRH the Duke of Cambridge
  • Identifying the need for a veteran's support hub in Coventry 

Nick's work has left a legacy that includes stronger awareness of the complexities and scope of ex-service personnel’s needs and the tragic consequences of gaps in support.

VAC are committed to taking Nick's work forward and are exploring partnerships and funding sources that address the gaps in provision.

For further information please contact Sue Ogle on s.ogle@vacoventry.org.uk or call 024 7622 0381.

Armed Forces Covenant Newsletter

The 4th edition of the Newsletter of the Armed Forces Covenant (Community) partnership across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire can be viewed here.  This will be of interest to all those connected with the Armed Forces and/or who support our Armed Forces.  This edition provides information on new posts supporting the Armed Forces Covenant, Armed Forces Day, what local units are up to and ‘Covenant in Action’: how work around the Armed Forces Covenant is supporting the Armed Forces Community.