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Vote for RNA's Semaphore initiative

Voting in the Soldiering On Awards entering the final stages this week – and you can still make your mark in favour of Project Semaphore, the RNA’s pioneering initiative to help digitally-isolated veterans.

Project Semaphore, which provides Apple iPads and appropriate training for veterans who would otherwise be offline, was led by the Royal Naval Association, enabling more than 700 aged veterans (to date) to explore the Internet, social media and address issues around social isolation and loneliness.

By connecting isolated veterans online, they not only get the chance to keep in touch with family and oppos through Facetime, Skype or similar, but can also access a range of money-saving deals which are not available to those without an internet connection, such as energy plans, online shopping and cheap travel.

The training has been provided by RNA volunteers, including shipmates from RNA branches, as well as Sea Cadets in some locations, bringing together different generations of the Naval family in a common cause.

The initiative made it through to the final of the People’s Choice section, sponsored by Defence contractor Thales, which is decided by the general public.

Project manager Sarah Clewes said: “We are thrilled to have made it to the finals of the Soldiering On Awards, and now need your vote in hope that we win the People’s Choice category.

“We would love to win as recognition for all those who have given their time to volunteer, stepped outside their comfort zone to learn how to use an iPad and for the range of like-minded organisations and charities who have helped us reach more veterans.

“A special thank-you to the Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity, who provided funds, via their Helping Hands grants, to ensure our volunteers are paid out-of-pocket expenses.”

You can see a short video about Project Semaphore at or just vote for the project at…

Feel free to share the links with your contacts too – voting takes less than a minute.

Voting closes at midnight on 14 March, and the winner of this award, plus the other categories in the Soldiering On programme, will be announced at a ceremony on 5 April.