Help Our Older Veterans Stay Connected – New Free Service!

Beneficiary, Grants
24 June 2021

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) is working in partnership with the Royal Naval Association (RNA) to bring online connectivity into the homes of our older veterans. We need your help to find naval veterans who could benefit from this! 

The Sparko TV kit is a small box which connects to a TV* and comes with a webcam and a very simple remote control. This enables people to connect with family, friends and community using simple digital technology. 

Sparko TV features: 

  • Video call communication   

  • Live classes and social activities 

  • Tailored entertainment content 

As well as connectivity with other Sparko TV users, the service allows friends and family to connect using their smartphone via the free Sparko Connect App.  

Sparko TV also features easy to join live group activities through a simple remote control. Activities can include discussion groups, book clubs, chair-based exercises, Bingo, quizzes, Stand Easy and art classes. 

Sparko TV is easy to use and allows Royal Navy veterans to connect with others from the comfort of their living rooms.
Sparko TV is easy to use and allows Royal Navy veterans to connect with others from the comfort of their living rooms.

WW2 veteran, Ernie Davies has been using Sparko for several months. Ernie has found the service straightforward and uses it to keep in touch with his old naval friends: 

“It’s great to have this facility and to be able to be in regular touch with shipmates and oppos who I would otherwise struggle to see.” 

RNA Welfare Programme Manager, Lynda Pearson, is managing the rollout of Sparko TV. She says:  

“The RNA is all about camaraderie and fun, and that’s what you’ll get from being part of this project!” 

Sparko TV is COMPLETELY FREE for Royal Navy and Royal Marines veterans.  

Could you, or somebody you know benefit from a Sparko TV kit?

If so, you can find more information and an Expression of Interest Form here.  

* In order to benefit from Sparko, a HDMI port must be available (any TV that’s 15 years old or less should have this) Sparko then plugs directly to an existing TV. 

You can also hear more about this exciting project from Annabelle Walker, Commissioning Manager at RNRMC in her conversation with the Military Mental Health Alliance here

Supported by the Armed Forces Covenant Trust