At LEXXER Solutions we provide support for a number of ex-services charities and personnel at a local level. It is our aim this year to help at least three charities to access the funding attached to the Covenant, and through three projects to I’m prove the lives of veterans. We will also work to ensure that the Covenant is fully and properly implemented in Northern Ireland.
Our first successful project funded by the Armed Forces Covenant funding was back in 2016 where we worked with a number of local community groups to integrate the ex-service community into a wider community festival. We also helped with research and wider heritage programming to commemorate the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme linking groups like the Royal British Legion, and Help for Heroes with a range of local community and cultural groups.
The project was educational, commemorative and a celebration of the contribution of the Armed forces. Our skills in the study and presentation of often contested heritage and history allowed us to work with Mid and East Antrim Council to present a programme of activities over three weeks which respected the sensitivities of the Troubles and allowed still divided communities to come together and celebrate a shared military tradition.
Practical Help through Projects
Each year LEXXER Solutions offers pro bono support ( a fancy American term for free help and support) to a number of chosen charities. We would like to prioritise ex-service charities or those working to help this sector. So come and speak to one of the team today if you have a project idea or a need that has to be met. The first point of contact will be the grants offered by the Armed Forces Covenant.
Under the Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants programme, grants of up to £20,000 are made for local projects that support community integration or local delivery of services.
Community Integration projects should create strong local links between the Armed Forces community, who are current and former members of their armed forces and their families) and civilian communities; and be able to clearly demonstrate how they will have impact in overcoming barriers to better integration; and improving perceptions, attitudes and understanding. For the project to be truly effective in achieving community integration there should be shared development, delivery and benefits for both communities.
Delivery of Local Services projectsshould be local projects which offer financial advice, housing, mental and physical health, employability or social support for serving armed forces personnel, veterans, and their families. Projects must be well connected, both to their beneficiaries and to other relevant organisations, and be able to demonstrate how the services they provide will be well-publicised, accessible and joined up.
You can only apply for a grant online, and you should read the Local Grants Guidance carefully. You can also read the application questions before you access the online form to get an idea of the information you you will need to provide.
Then come and speak to one of the LEXXER Team and we can guide you through the application process and ensure that you make the best case possible for your idea. This is needed to help others understand why there is a need for your project and how it fits with the programme aims.
You can read about past projects that we have awarded funding to so far. Your idea might not be something that we have funded previously. You can also read our terms and conditions of grant for the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Local Grants programme so that you can see what you will have to agree to if you are awarded a grant.
We are here to help and we would like to focus on practical projects which offer real help to ex-service personal especially with mental health issues. Our experience in working with victims of the Troubles have also given us a number of ideas which work, so if you know there is a need but just haven’t got the solution then that’s where we come in.
Each day, the opinions and decisions of others affect you and your business. Policy and political decisions made at local, national and European levels affect us all. Laws, regulations and policies, and decisions about procurement, grants and aid, shape the context within which organisations and individuals operate.
For the system to function effectively there needs to be a constant information flow. Organisations outside government have a right to know about what is going on within the political system; and government decisions are better if they are informed by the views of those affected.
Most organisations recognise the importance of ensuring that they have good relations with, and a close understanding of, Parliament and Government. They may choose to employ their own, in house, public affairs staff (often as part of a communications function, and sometimes referred to as government relations or regulatory affairs).
However, many organisations cannot afford such in house staff and suffer as a result. At LEXXER we provide specialist political consultants and public affairs advisers, focussing wholly on government and the political systems, the people who have a role to play in decision making.
Political consultants typically provide services including:
Monitoring: providing analysis of activities in Parliament Devolved Assemblies and Whitehall, in the political parties, local government, public bodies, pressure groups, think tanks and EU institutions, including debates, questions, committee inquiries, statements, reports, legislation and regulation
General public affairs and programme support: assistance with political research, with drafting written submissions to Government consultations and select committee inquiries, with the administration of programmes of meetings with target audiences and so on.
Profile raising: supporting organisations wanting to be better known and understood by political stakeholders as they engage with government, Parliament and other key influencers
Lobbying: helping organisations wanting policy, legislative or regulatory change to understand who the key decision makers are, when to approach them, and how best to make their case.
Strategic communications advice: full campaigns in the political arenas to achieve particular objectives, often within a framework of wider internal communications and public relations work.
Public relations: providing media management and other supporting publicity activity to underpin wider lobbying campaigns.
Audit: testing the perceptions held of organisations by political and other stakeholders, and auditing the effectiveness of previous political engagement.
In short LEXXER’s LEX REX Services will put you in the political know and help you to be heard and seen. Make sure that those whose opinions and decisions matter to you also know about you.
CONTACT US TODAY TO SEE HOW WE CAN PUT YOUR ISSUES ONTO THE POLITICAL AGENDA