WWTW working in partnership with Models For Heroes
In February 2021 Models for Heroes (M4H), in partnership with Walking With The Wounded, were awarded a grant through the AFCFT’s Positive Pathways Programme for their ‘Online Model Making for Veterans’ project.
The grant has enabled the support that Models For Heroes (M4H) offer to veterans to have a further virtual reach across the UK, funding Zoom licences needed for online workshops, as well as allowing M4H to provide more extensive equipment to aid veterans with their model-making projects.
"I'm blown away. Honestly, this has brought me to happy tears. I can’t thank you enough for this. I'm going to have so much fun with these and my boy will be so happy when he sees them. You have pulled it out of the bag here and I can’t thank you all enough for this. It really has made my day."-Anonymous, M4H beneficiary.
Models for Heroes founder, Malcolm Childs, is passionate about promoting the model making hobby as a meaningful mindful activity. Model making can encourage focus, patience, development of coping mechanisms and delicate motor skills.
“As well as aiding in keeping me interacting with others the calming nature of building models really helps me focus and aid my recovery journey by not allowing space for intrusive thoughts to get in. It really is very mindful and when the model is then finished, and I can take a step back and go wow I made that then it gives that sense of achievement that I can produce something so detailed and thought out.”- Matthew, M4H beneficiary.
WWTW is working in partnership with Models for Heroes to refer veterans who would benefit from getting involved in model making as a means to improve their mental health and increase social interaction.
Since April 2021, Models for Heroes have accepted 83 referrals from veterans who can then take part in online group sessions run by their skilled volunteer model makers. The project has been generating some amazing feedback, with veterans reporting that the online sessions are welcoming and friendly and bring a sense of comradery often missed by the ex-military community.
"I was welcomed by everyone, which put me at ease. I now realise how much I miss military banter! I am now looking forward to joining the group next week. By then, I hope to be modelling away with the models you’re sending me."-Anonymous, M4H beneficiary.
"I remain totally in your debt for helping bring a calm and a general sense of wellbeing back into my life. Who would have thought that a pot of glue, some plastic & hand full of paints would be so effective."- Ian, M4H beneficiary.
If you’re a veteran who would like to get involved in this meaningful activity with a satisfying end result, please register your interest here.