My mother has been immobile for quite some time, but I noticed how her face lit up when the music started and she began to sing away to her heart's content!
Each year we arrange dozens of concerts entertaining thousands of veterans and residents in ex-service care homes throughout England and Scotland.
Music has always been at the heart of The Not Forgotten’s work and research shows that it can have a powerful therapeutic effect on those living in care, particularly on older people with dementia. Our concerts to these homes are a highlight in their calendars and give a much needed morale boost to the elderly residents – many of whom are frail or live with dementia – to their family members and also to the staff.
Staged by Mickie Driver, or by Libby Stuart in Scotland, and their teams of professional entertainers who have a wonderful ability to connect with often very frail and poorly people, these afternoons bring fun, joy and laughter to veterans who are unable to get out and about.
Televisions, Television Licences and Tablets
For ex-service men and women who are housebound or have very restricted mobility due to physical or mental injury or disability, and are therefore unable to attend our events and activities, we can provide a television and/or a TV Licence.
Through this service we enable veterans of all ages to enjoy what is often their only source of entertainment and link with the outside world, as well as a financial benefit. For those who live in such difficult circumstances, this unique service can make a huge difference to their mental and psychological health.
We also provide televisions and licences to a range of ex-service care homes, hospitals, hostels, housing projects and rehabilitation centres. Some of these are for the use of individuals, whilst others are for communal areas enabling many more people to benefit from our support.
To those who are digitally isolated, we provide a Samsung Tablet.
Applying for a Television, Television Licence or Tablet
Applications for a TV Licence, Television or Tablet must be submitted to The Not Forgotten by a caseworker from SSAFA or The Royal British Legion. They will apply – on your behalf – for our TV Licence, Television or Tablet scheme, by sending us what is known as a “Form A”. It is important that they clearly state if the application is for both a television and a television licence.
To qualify for a television or licence, an individual must be an eligible TNF veteran beneficiary (any former service personnel with a disability or illness) who is financially limited and whose wellbeing would benefit from a TV Licence or Television.
To qualify for a tablet, an individual must be an eligible TNF veteran beneficiary (any former serviceman or woman with a disability or illness) who is ‘digitally isolated’, financially limited and whose wellbeing, social engagement and employment opportunities would benefit from the tablet. For the purposes of this programme ‘digitally isolated’ means that the individual does not own or have regular access to a computer, laptop, tablet or the internet.
Televisions, television licences or Tablets will be available following receipt of an application from an established charity or caseworker who has justified the need in line with the above.
The Not Forgotten funded TV Licences are valid for a minimum duration of one year. If you already have a Not Forgotten TV Licence which has expired, you will need to begin a new application so that your case worker can confirm that you still meet the criteria.