We are delighted to inform supporters that funds raised, through the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, has supported Help for Heroes deliver over one hundred and sixty virtual sessions to veterans and their families, during COVID-19.
Virtual sessions were launched in response to COVID restrictions imposed last year, which have continued to support the mental health and wellbeing of veterans and their families across Scotland as restrictions have remained in place.
Fear, worry, and stress are normal responses at times when faced with uncertainty and it is understandable that many veterans and their families are experiencing many additional challenges in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Added to the fear of contracting COVID-19 are the significant changes to daily routine and restricted movement imposed to contain and slow down the spread of the virus, which, ultimately, has reduced contact time with charities like Help for Heroes.
Therefore, at least three virtual sessions have been delivered on a weekly basis, which have provided a variety of themed and social get togethers for veterans and their families to get involved in activities and engage with the staff members within Help for Heroes.
A wide variety of virtual activities have proved popular with veterans and their families, including regular quiz, murder mystery and escape room events as well as drawing, painting, adult colouring-in book and model-making sessions.
Despite optimism concerning the transition out of lockdown restrictions, virtual sessions will remain in place for the time being and David’s legacy will continue to support veterans and their families, via virtual means.
Gary Seath said:
“It is clear the COVID-19 Pandemic has had a profound affect on how the third sector continues to raise funds as well as present unique challenges to adapt and respond effectively to continue supporting the needs of beneficiaries.
“Virtual services has proved critical during these unprecedented times, which have served to reduce isolation and ensure veterans and their families remain connected with one another and the team at Help for Heroes over the past year.
“It’s wonderful that David’s legacy has played a significant role in supporting veterans and their families engage in a wide variety of virtual activities as a means to support mental health and wellbeing during these very challenging times.”