RNRMC-funded 'Project Semaphore' shorlisted 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.

To vote for the Semaphore Project to win the People's Choice Award, click here.

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