We have three main ways of helping.
Mental health support
In the first years of its existence Felix Fund provided normalisation breaks for over 100 EOD teams on their return from Afghanistan. These breaks consisted of a week’s adventure training plus the opportunity to regroup with colleagues (as teams were brought back together after their tours were completed) and they proved vital in reducing the risk of poor mental health among individuals in these teams.
Today we continue to focus on mental health issues and have launched a new welfare programme providing training in mindfulness techniques. Known as the Dashboard Courses: We know what to do when a light comes on the dashboard of our car, but we are not taught to recognise the warning signs in ourselves. The Dashboard Courses will give you the skills and understanding to get the most out of your ‘vehicle’ in life.
Who is it for?
Serving military who have conducted or assisted with EOD duties. Any rank and any trade within this capability.
Why should I attend?
Anyone can be overwhelmed by the build-up of life stresses without realising it is happening.
The aim of the Dashboard course is to provide tools and techniques which will enable individuals to recognise warning signs and to be able to develop their ability to relax, clear their minds and focus on positive aspects of their life. This will feed back into a more productive and stress reduced work and home environment.
What do I take away?
- Tools and techniques to help you recognise the warning signs of stress.
- The ability to deal with issues in the most appropriate way.
- Follow up contact with the trainers at regular intervals.
- A clearer focus and ability to deal with work and family.
- Certificate in Mental Health First Aid.
- A recognised MOD qualification as part of your personal development.
- Pointers on how to improve the quality of your life.
Financial support to individuals
Felix Fund provides financial assistance to serving and ex-serving soldiers plus family members when they find themselves in times of need. This has ranged from helping with transport costs for regular hospital visits with a sick child, help with a large funeral bill and funding towards a flight home for a soldier whose father was dying.
Financial support has been given to help the injured through home adaptations, for example the installation of a lift for a multiple amputee, funding for a specially adapted vehicle and the purchase of specialist equipment, such as electric wheelchairs and bespoke sporting equipment.
Other examples include a wheelchair for the wife of a serving soldier as she suffers from MS and could not go out with her young family. An adapted buggy for the son of a soldier who was born with severe disabilities and funding towards pioneering surgery for a soldier who lost both legs in Afghanistan, which will enable him to walk with prosthetics.
Grants to units
We provide limited grants to units to enable them to engage in adventure training activities, which is hugely beneficial in reducing work related stress and enabling greater team bonding.
Also we have helped units refurbish on-camp welfare facilities in order to provide a comfortable and relaxed environment for individuals to spend time away from work and singles accommodation.