The Network for Carers
The recent publication of the RBL Carers Report has highlighted the difficulties for carers who are still serving. As one respondent says:
I left the service as a result of my caring responsibilities and the lack of policy in place to cater for this situation. I would have gladly carried on serving if it had been possible.
And it’s not only serving carers. We know, from our customers at Veterans’ Gateway, about the challenges that veterans face when they have caring responsibilities.
Another study, Veterans-CHECK , has explored the impact of the pandemic on veterans. It found that 18% of veterans reported new, or extra caring responsibilities, as a result of Covid 19.
To address the isolation felt by carers the Royal British Legion has launched the Network for Carers. This project uses peer-to-peer social groups to share experiences, and build friendships, so that carers feel less lonely.
The Network for Carers also has the backing of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust through their Tackling Loneliness Programme.
By enabling carers to share concerns, and experiences, the Network for Carers team aims to helps carers with their daily challenges.