The Larkfield Veterans Project
Our new extra care housing scheme in Larkfield will include 20 self-contained apartments, specifically dedicated to those that have served our country. The past is important to us, and we wish to accommodate the increasing number of veterans who would like to remain living independently.
December 2015 - May 2018
Charity information: The Abbeyfield Kent Society
Across the whole of Kent and Medway there are 346,080 veterans, including dependants, who have been identified as having Mental Health concerns, and in need of support. Veterans need hope, compassions, respect and care regardless of backgrounds, good quality accommodation, which will help them to overcome vulnerability and barriers with their housing and social care needs. They will be able to take control of their lives and enjoy the companionship of their military comrades and other civilians.
The veterans will be part of a family created within Abbeyfield Kent and have their military peers as immediate neighbours. The community dining hall is open to all residents, 74 apartments in all, and this will give the veterans the opportunity to meet with other non-military residents. The internal environment is such that there is communal seating areas in many places, all age friendly.
Veterans’ fears and worries will have gone, and they know that at all time help is on hand
To build 20 self-contained apartments and communal areas for veterans over 55 with a care need.
Activities» Submit applications to grant making trusts and organisations to fund both the build and the furnishings of the Veteran's own communal areas.
What success will look like
Success will be to secure the funding required to build and furnish the new home by 2018.
Half of all people aged over 75 and over live alone and half of all older people consider the television as their main form of company. This is where no one need be alone and there are communal areas for everyone to sit and talk and meet their neighbours, improving social lives and strengthening relationships.
The veterans will be part of a family created within Abbeyfield Kent and have their military peers as immediate neighbours.
There is a risk that we do not raise the funding required to build the 20 self contained appartments.
We are working closely with our current funding partners and will form good relationships with new and potential funders to ensure we are able to complete the project.
We will use social media and our own newsletter to update donors about the project.
Budget - Project Cost: £5,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £1,000 Veteran's Communal Area Tp purchase television and DVD player £3,000 Veteran's Communal Area To purchase comfortable seating £1,000 Veteran's Communal Area To purchase a desktop computer to enable residents to access the internet and use Skype etc
Larkfield is a village in Kent and is part of greater Maidstone. It has two churches, the parish church dedicated to the Holy Trinity and a Methodist church. Larkfield is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Lavrochesfel. Various lakes were converted into a country park and nature reserve. There is a small local shopping area at Martin Square with a Chemist and GP surgery. The Leisure Centre boasts an impressive swimming pool, there is also a library, a public house and War Memorial.
Across the whole of Kent and Medway there are 346,080 veterans, including dependants, who have been identified as having Mental Health concerns, and in need of support.
Once complete the scheme will provide 20 self-contained apartments for veterans and their partners with a mix of 18 one bedroom and 2 larger two bedroom apartments. All the one bedroom apartments are designed to accommodate couples whilst the larger apartments include an extra bedroom for a carer/partner to sleep seperately.
Abbeyfield Kent has been care for older people in Kent for over 40 years. The charity is firmly founded on Christian principles of caring, compassion and companionship.
We give a high priority to the medical, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of older people to both develop a sense of community and companionship to alleviate loneliness and reduce any potential feelings of isolation. Through caring, openness, honesty and respect, we enhance the quality of life for older people.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Chief Execitve of The Abbeyfield Kent Society
Jane Iley CPFA MBA,
Director of Finance and Asset Management