Updated: May 18
UK based families of British Nuclear Test Veterans should apply to the Care and Well-being & Inclusion fund for help, if they require it. The fund is there to help families in need.
Following a long campaign by the British Nuclear Test Veterans Association, the Chancellor announced a provision of £25 million from LIBOR funds financing an Aged Veterans Fund to alleviate suffering and increase wellbeing.
The Aged Veterans Fund ‘went live’ in April 2016 and the BNTVA, through their Nuclear Community Charity Fund (NCCF) received approval to launch the Care and Wellbeing Fund.
The Care and Wellbeing & Inclusion Fund
This project is to address shortfalls in the acquisition of living adaptations, care equipment, services and therapies between State provision and personal requirement enabling beneficiaries to establish a fully mobile, socially integrated lifestyle.
The Ministry of Defence commissioned “British Nuclear Test Veterans Health Needs Audit” by Miles and Green, published in 2011 showed a large number of nuclear veterans face a wide range of debilitating issues affecting both mobility and social integration. Surveys by the BNTVA have found that considerable health issues are found in excess of National level expectations across the entire nuclear community.
Both the BNTVA and the NCCF are regularly approached by other service organisations to see if they can assist persons in the nuclear community.
With over 26% of this community suffering from serious health problems and congenital defects (many of which are outside the ‘norm’ addressed by state social and health provision) a significant provision gap exists.
How does it work?
The NCCF will manage this fund to facilitate the Individual provision of items, adaptations, and services designed to ease suffering, enhance wellbeing and social inclusion that are not available from the public health service or social service provisions.
The provision will be subject to identified need screening within the nuclear survivor community.
If you are a UK-based member of the Nuclear Test Veterans Community and have any needs that may be addressed by this project you can find out more:
NCCF CWI Fund. PO Box 8244, Castle Donington, DE74 2BY.
call 0115 8883442
You can find out more by visiting https://thenccf.org/make-application/
This fund is to help British Nuclear Test Veterans and their families. There are restrictions that apply to the funding, but any family who is based in the UK who needs help to ease suffering and enhance their well-being, should make initial enquiries to see if they can be helped. This fund was gifted by the Chancellor and you need to use it. Nuclear Veterans Worldwide understand that recent applications have been approved in as little as 2 weeks (depending on complexity), following a change in the NCCF procedures.
Do not hesitate if you need help, the fund is there to help you. No matter what your feelings are regarding the BNTVA / NCCF split or your affiliation, do not suffer, this money is yours to help you.
Families have benefited from the fund, if you need help, ask for it.