RNRMC-funded 'Project Semaphore' shortlisted for Armed Forces Community Award

Beneficiary, General, Grants
4 March 2019

A project run by the Royal Naval Association, and part-funded by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, has been shortlisted for the People's Choice Award at the 2019 Soldiering On Awards.

Project Semaphore, which is a Royal Naval Association initiative, reaches out to isolated veterans, who are judged by a BT Openreach survey to be worse off by at least £1,000 due to lack of access to the internet, and provides them with an iPad and iPad/internet familiarisation training. With modern and mobile technology, those previously isolated are now able to connect with their friends and regain some of their independence.

Benefits of the project include:

  • Ability to FaceTime or Skype family and friends
  • Claim benefits, internet banking
  • Order shopping when unable to get out
  • Secured cheaper insurance, travel etc
  • Can access Veteran's information and find out what is going on, stay connected
  • Can get up-to-date entertainment such as BBC iPlayer
  • Access to social media, Youtube, iBooks

The Soldiering On Awards recognise many inspirational people and teams; highlighting the outstanding achievements of current and former servicemen and women, their families and all those who support the Armed Forces Community.

Specifically, the People's Choice Award category recognises a person or group that has provided a significant contribution in support of the Armed Forces Community, with the winner selected by public vote.

Isolated veterans who wish to apply for an iPad and/or familiarisation training can do so by clicking here.