Supporting veterans’ mental health and wellbeing through battlefield archaeology

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is pleased to award a £10,998 grant to Waterloo Uncovered to promote veterans’ mental health and wellbeing.

Waterloo Uncovered is a groundbreaking archaeological excavation of the historic battlefield in Belgium. Since the 200th anniversary of the battle in 2015, veterans and serving personnel have been undertaking a programme of archaeology and welfare support across five pillars: Recovery, Health and Wellbeing, Education, Employment and Vocation, and Transition into Civilian Life.

Our grant will go towards the costs of running the 2022 excavation programme and support 16 UK veterans and serving personnel working alongside professional archaeologists. Many of the veterans participating in the project have experienced service-related injuries or suffer from a range of mental health-related conditions.

Mark Evans, Chief Executive, Waterloo Uncovered, said:

We’re delighted to receive such a generous grant from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity to support our work in veteran care and recovery. Since 2015, we’ve seen first-hand the benefits archaeology can have on veterans’ mental wellbeing, and the profound impact our programmes have had on our beneficiaries. We are excited to welcome a new group of veterans and serving personnel to take part in the five programmes we are running in 2022, and thank ABF The Soldiers’ Charity for their continued support of the military community.

Brigadier (Ret’d) Peter Monteith, Chief of Staff at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, added:

This is a fascinating initiative about using Britain’s military past to help veterans recover from life-changing mental and physical injuries; and promote team comradeship and a sense of achievement. We are proud to provide financial support for this year’s excavation programme.

To find out more about Waterloo Uncovered and the important work they do, visit their website here.

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