Family Values Award Finalists 2023
An Award to honour a person, family or group whose selfless commitment, dedication and support for others in the Armed Forces community ensures that they are cared for, supported or helped. This selfless act is therefore a shining example to society.
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Introducing the Finalists...
Military Assistance Social Hub
The closure of a local veterans’ support centre in Bridlington three years ago was a blow to the local Armed Forces community, but the gap it left behind inspired the creation of the Military Assistance Social Hub (MASH).
MASH has since grown to include groups in Bridlington, Beverly, and Withernsea. All of their committees are staffed with volunteers, some of whom are veterans themselves, others are family members or descendants of veterans.
Together they provide a regular meeting place and activities for former military personnel, as well as their families and friends, thus reducing social isolation. All of the money they raise is used locally for the benefit of members of the Armed Forces community.
Mutual Support was founded 31 years ago to provide support for military personnel, veterans and their dependants living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The need for a national support group was clear – while there are many MS groups, none understood the specific ramifications an MS diagnosis can cause for military personnel.
Mutual Support is a non-profit organisation, supporting a free membership of 1200 people, run wholly by volunteers who retain the enthusiasm, dedication and good humour from their military background. They commit themselves to provide and maintain a range of services to serving and former personnel and their families, including two annual, funded, respite and wellbeing weekends.
Mutual Support is a unique military group that sits within the National MS Society and thus benefits from utilisation of the national group’s training, oversight, knowledge, communications, and safeguarding. It reports routinely and fulfils returns annually to MSS HQ to assure financial and safeguarding propriety.
Phoenix Heroes CIC
Phoenix Heroes CIC focuses on mental health support and wellbeing initiatives by creating veteran and Armed Forces communities through outdoor activities such as carp angling, football, and family days. It has helped over 600 veterans and families since its foundation in 2018.
The team has committed over 32,000 voluntary hours to creating a strong peer support environment for hundreds of people across the UK. To date, Phoenix Heroes CIC has raised just under £170,000 through grant funding, fundraising and public donations to support its work. It has also received £100,000 worth of fishing tackle in support of the Tackle 4 Heroes project which enables it to gift free equipment to beneficiaries.
With 110 events being delivered, bringing together over 1,000 veterans and families together, Phoenix Heroes CIC is one of the fastest growing veteran communities in the UK.
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