New award for Army Families

New award for Army Families

We're delighted to announce that the Army Families Skilled for Health project has won an award from the Military and Civilian Health Partnership Awards 2011, in the category ‘Health improvement and promotion’.

This award recognises exceptional work in promoting or maintaining the health of Armed Forces personnel, to ensure that they are fully fit for task or for exceptional work with families or veterans in this area.

This award follows on from the project’s earlier success in June, when Army Families won a Wiltshire Assembly Health and Well-being Award.

The Army Families project focuses on army wives, who have often left school early to get married and move to where their husbands are based. They can get left behind educationally, as their husbands receive education and training from the army, which is not available to them. The wives can feel very isolated, particularly when their husbands are away.

The Army Families project has provided an effective way of helping these women to get to know other wives and to build their confidence.

Skilled for Health Development Manager, Helen Baker, says:

‘Winning these awards is fantastic! Here at ContinYou we know how Skilled for Health benefits participants’ health and learning – and that of the wider family and community too. But receiving these awards shows that Skilled for Health’s potential to reduce health inequalities is also being recognised externally.’

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About the Army Families project

The Army Families project started as one of seventeen demonstration sites in 2007 as part of Phase 2 of Skilled for Health. The project received funding through ContinYou to test the Skilled for Health approach using newly developed resources.

Initially, the sessions were going to be run with serving army personnel, but this proved very difficult, with many of them being away in Iraq and Afghanistan at the time. It was then decided to run the sessions for the wives of army personnel, and it soon became clear that this was really addressing a health and education inequality between the husbands and wives.

Four years on from Phase 2, the Army Families Skilled for Health project is still running through funding it has secured from variety of different sources, including Wiltshire Council, NHS Wiltshire, Plain Action, Help for Heroes and, just recently, the MOD.

Read about the Military and Civilian Health Partnership Awards ceremony. (Word, 2.8MB)


 Army Families project staff receiving award