The programme is aimed at enhancing military veterans social resilience and their overall welfare.

A new project for military veterans who have issues with their mental wellbeing is offering specialist courses, aimed at enhancing social resilience.

Led by Loughborough University and the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA), the project will start in 2021 with four courses.

Each course will have 12 attendees and take place at the Loughborough Campus. There will be a mix of residential stays and one-day sessions.

The courses will take place on the Loughborough University campus

Veterans will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities, including social resilience workshops, healthy cooking lessons, sessions on improving sleep quality and team-based sports such as wheelchair basketball, walking football and yoga.

The project is being funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, as part of its Positive Pathways Programme.

The University and the RAFA are working with several partners to deliver the courses. These include: The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the Royal British Legion, Charnwood, Melton and the Rushcliffe Borough Councils and Rutland County Council and the NHS Transition Intervention Liaison Service East Midlands.

Speaking about the programme, Wing Commander Craig White said: “I am delighted this incredibly important project has been funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.

“There is a fantastic partnership working on this, and together we can make a real positive difference to the lives of those veterans struggling with their mental wellbeing.

“The importance of this project has been further emphasised by the experience of veterans suffering from increased mental health issues, loneliness, and social isolation during the Covid-19 lockdown.”

Rory O’Connor, Director of Welfare and Policy at the Royal Air Forces Association added: “There is a wealth of published evidence that suggests sport, exercise and physical activity enhance mental wellbeing, reducing the risk of mental illness.

“Through this innovative programme and working in partnership with other military charities, NHS and Local Authorities, we aim to enhance the mental wellbeing of RAF veterans by strengthening their social, physical, and psychological resilience.”

By Judy Wing

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