Type Community Charity
Location Plymouth
Grant amount £20,000
Date March 2015
Website www.drakefoundation.co.uk

How the charity helps veterans

Plymouth Drake Foundation (PDF) is a local community charity covering the City of Plymouth and its travel to work area. They support voluntary and community groups by providing grants to help their cause.

The charity's key objectives are the advancement of education, citizenship ad community development within the City of Plymouth (the area of benefit), and the relief of poverty within the area of benefit.

There are over 600 voluntary and community groups in Plymouth, ranging from mental health charities to gardening groups, sports clubs, art centres and disability charities. To date, they have funded over 200 of these groups and are looking to do more.

Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity grant

In March 2015, the Plymouth Drake Foundation were supported by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) with a £20,000 grant. This grant was to allow the charity to deliver new opportunities to Plymouth charities, community groups and social enterprises. The grant helped fund organisations who provide assistance to the beneficiary group.

A previous grant awarded to PDF by RNRMC was used to support the following:

  • Theatre Charity: Working with service personnel and their families to encourage family development and increase confidence, through theatre-based activities.
  • Music Education Charity: Projects will deliver creative music-making sessions to children of Forces’ Families.
  • Arts Centre Charity: Provide former Naval Service personnel who are now suffering from dementia, their partners and families the chance to enjoy quality time together watching a film.

Plymouth Music Zone, PDF grant recipient

Plymouth Music Zone (PMZ) was awarded £2,500 for their ‘UpBeat’ project, which is delivering creative music-making sessions to children of Forces’ Families, including Royal Navy/Royal Marines.

‘UpBeat’ will deliver children’s group sessions as well as offering inter-generational sessions with their parents and/or other family members, helping to build relationships, confidence, self-esteem and resilience to their circumstances.

PMZ is a community music organisation based in one of the most deprived areas of Plymouth. We believe in the power of music and diversity to build a richer sense of self and community, developing skills, improving health/wellbeing, providing musical respite and empowering participants to have a voice and connect with others.

A highly skilled, experienced PMZ Music Leader will plan and deliver the sessions, working with the children to create new and original musical material, trying new instruments and technology, working together to build an ensemble of musical friends.

Theatre Royal Plymouth, PDF grant recipient

Theatre Royal Portsmouth was awarded a grant of £2,500 to run 6 taster sessions for wounded, injured and sick service personnel, service veterans, reservists and their dependents. The funding was used to engage with beneficiaries as Company members, they participated directly in the creation, production and performance of a specially commissioned play, giving them direct insight into the theatre industry and enabling them to experience a variety of employment opportunities. The play is based on their own experiences, thus aiming to improve confidence, motivation to support individual recovery and wellbeing.

Plymouth Arts Centre, PDF grant recipient

PDF awarded Theatre Royal £1,855 to run 8 film screenings for former Naval Service personnel who are now suffering from dementia. Their Dementia-Friendly Screenings offer a relaxed environment and a chance to meet other people in a similar situation with an acceptance of people talking during the film, moving around and leaving the cinema.

Plymouth Arts centre have run Dementia-Friendly Cinema Screenings as a pilot project, have trained a number of key staff to be dementia-aware and have had good feedback. The funding would allow them to build this project so more people can benefit.

Frontline Veterans Support, PDF grant recipient

Frontline Veterans Support were awarded a grant of £1,600 to buy computer tablets to support isolated veterans learn new skills and keep in touch with friends and family close and far away. The community group used the money to engage the group with computer tablets. The aim is to use the technology to link beneficiaries with family members, friends and the wider world through the use of the tablets. Breaking down the barriers of isolation through the use of technology has been done before and Victor and his team wanted to give his members the opportunity to benefit from the loaning of the tablets.

Breaking down the barriers of isolation through the use of technology has been done before and Victor and his team wanted to give his members the opportunity to benefit from the lending of the tablets.

Eldertree, PDF grant recipient

This grant funded the employment of a Project Worker for one day a week. They will support 70 beneficiaries aged 55 to 90 who either served or are dependents of someone who has served in the Naval Service. One beneficiary is Florence Miller who was born in 1922 and served as a WREN during WW2. Florence was feeling isolated and Eldertree helped her find services to fit her needs and she now regularly attends their lunch clubs.