Veterans Outreach Support used its grant to purchase wooden birdboxes, birdfeeders and paints. These were then distributed to the group of veteran service users who have been shielding and/or who are socially isolated. Since March 2020, the group has been participating in weekly virtual activity workshops.
Veterans Outreach Support provided a craft activity for the group to enjoy leading up to Easter 2021. In total, 30 kits were sent out. On 31 Mar 2021 the group led a virtual workshop on Zoom for participants to join who wanted to complete the activity in a social setting. 17 people attended the workshop, with the remainder opting to do the activity at home in their own time or with grandchildren.
In a follow up questionnaire after the activity people who took part recorded:
- Lowered levels of anxiety and sadness
- Increased levels of joy following their participation
100% agreed or strongly agreed that the workshop was interesting, well-structured and about the right length of time.
“Just to say a big thank you for a most pleasant morning and activity. We have yet to finish our artwork and will post photos when completed.”
“[The best part is] connecting with people, chatting and doing something”
“It is important to keep doing activities in daily life”
Since receiving the grant, Veterans Outreach Support has started using The Dulverton Room for a weekly coffee group at The D-Day Story. For more information visit: https://www.vosuk.org/.