We have three main ways of helping.
Mindfulness & Awareness
In the early years Felix Fund provided normalisation breaks for hundreds of individuals from EOD & Search teams on their return from Afghanistan and Northern Ireland. These breaks were designed to identify or reduce the impact of mental stress that a high-pressure tour can bring about and consisted of a week’s therapeutic team building activities, discussion groups designed to draw out and share operational experiences and more importantly provided the opportunity to regroup and reinforce peer bonds with colleagues who had travelled the same operational journey. The breaks proved vital in identifying and ultimately reducing the risk of poor mental health among individuals.
Today Felix Fund still focuses on mental health with the introduction of preventative stress training based on mindfulness. These programmes provide serving military 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 life. This then feeds back into a more productive and positive work and home environment.
Who is it for?
Serving military who have conducted or assisted with EOD duties. Any rank and any trade within this capability across the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force or SO15 (Metropolitan Police Counter Terror Unit).
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.
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.