Felix Fund – the bomb disposal charity – is relaunching its Dashboard Programme after closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Like so many other organisations, Felix Fund (which provides welfare support to serving personnel, veterans and dependents of any military personnel who have assisted with Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Search duties) had to change their service delivery overnight when the lockdown was announced earlier this year.
This dramatic change affected the support being given through residential training as part of the Dashboard Programme. However, despite this, a successful virtual version was quickly put together and a series of tutorial videos shared across the charity’s YouTube channel and social media platforms, which proved a positive alternative for the short-term.
Felix Fund has been running its Dashboard programme since 2016 with excellent results. The course, which delivers preventative stress training based on mindfulness, provides serving military and veterans with the tools and techniques to recognise warning signs of stress and to be able to develop their ability to relax, clear their minds and focus on positive aspects of their lives.
The charity was lucky enough to receive a grant of £20,000 from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund to help restart the programme and is now extremely pleased to announce that from September, the residential courses will be running at Ashorne Hill, Leamington Spa.
Melanie Moughton, CEO of Felix Fund said, “Over the years, our Dashboard Programme has become a key feature for Felix Fund, helping large numbers of serving personnel and veterans from across the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Search communities. It was worrying when we had to cancel the programme back in March, but we can now move forward with a new and improved course.”
If you are currently conducting, or have previously assisted with EOD and Search duties and feel the Dashboard course might be helpful to you, please visit the Felix Fund website at: https://www.felixfund.org.uk/about/our-work/ or contact Melanie Moughton on 07713 752901 or email firstname.lastname@example.org