Veterans from North Wales are being brought together thanks to a collaboration between veterans’ charities Blind Veterans UK and Woody’s Lodge.
At Blind Veterans UK’s centre of wellbeing in Llandudno vision-impaired ex-Service men and women can come together for rehabilitation and support. This collaboration will invite sighted veterans into the centre so more veterans can enjoy socialising and taking part in activities together.
Mark Hollis, Rehabilitation Support Team Leader at the Llandudno Centre of Wellbeing, said:
“We’ve been looking for opportunities to work together with other local veterans’ groups. We’re aware that some of our blind veterans can feel isolated and this is a fantastic opportunity to increase their social interaction.
“Working with Woody’s Lodge we have now created a drop-in centre at our very own woodland cabin. We very much hope that this collaboration will lead to new friendships for all and increased awareness of both our centre and visual impairment locally.”
Blind Veterans UK is hoping to run these sessions regularly and local blind veteran Carl Adamson will open the cabin for the sessions and meet and greet veterans.
“This is such an amazing opportunity for veterans to get together especially after the last couple of years where opportunities to socialise have been so limited.
“The veteran community is the biggest thing I have in my life, most of my friends are blind veterans. It will be lovely to meet the wider veteran community in North Wales.”
Veterans are invited to attend the official opening of Woody’s Lodge at Blind Veterans UK’s Llandudno Centre of Wellbeing on Friday May 27 between 10am and 1pm to try out the activities available including painting and archery.
Special glasses will be on hand to allow the sighted veterans to experience what it is like for a blind veteran to take part in the activities. The glasses mimic certain sight-loss conditions.
Blind Veterans UK supports thousands of blind veterans across the country, but knows there are up to 50,000 more who still need its support to rebuild their lives after sight loss.
If you, or someone you know, served in the Armed Forces, including National Service, and are now struggling with sight loss, then please get in touch. Call 0800 389 7979 or visit blindveterans.org.uk/support