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A day in the life of OP-REGEN Manager, Scott Briggs

Over the next few months, we're going to introduce you to some of the team members behind Walking With The Wounded. In this Q+A you'll hear from Scott Briggs who manages our volunteering programme.

Former servicemen and women can face many challenges when they leave the armed forces. Among the toughest of these challenges is often reintegrating into civilian life and replicating the sense of purpose and self-worth they experienced while serving.

Many will find new purpose through employment, but volunteering can also be an effective means of meeting new people, reducing social isolation and discovering activities that improve well-being and may lead to employment opportunities.

Scott, how would you describe your role at WWTW?
I lead WWTW’s volunteering programme, OP-REGEN. OP-REGEN offers a platform for ex-military personnel to recognise their inherent skills and empowers them to demonstrate these skills to the wider community. For those that have landed on hard times, the project aims to support these individuals and their families to reintegrate back into society.

What does an average day look like to you? 

An average day for me includes engaging with volunteers to ensure they continue to feel valued and operate as extended members of the WWTW team. Other responsibilities include liaising with other departments in the charity and referral pathways to help recruit more volunteers and raise awareness of the programme. In addition, much of my time is spent supporting those volunteers that wish to take a leading role, supporting them with identifying potential activities, events and helping them develop briefs and rallying support.

What's the best bit about your job?

The best bit of my role is undoubtedly seeing the impact that OP-REGEN has upon those that engage within their communities. That might be in raising awareness of WWTW support services, which often results in more veterans seeking support; veterans who might not have sought help otherwise. Or the impact of seeing our volunteers receiving the recognition that they deserve in supporting their communities.
I’m very proud to represent walking WWTW, an organisation that supports all, irrespective of optics, rank or injury. A veteran in need is a veteran in need and we help by providing the tools to achieve long term sustainable independence.

What is the biggest challenge?

It goes without saying that the global pandemic has been challenging and has led to events and activities often being cancelled at late notice. However, OP-REGEN was born during this time and has been able to provide an opportunity for members of the armed forces community to play a part in the solution.

Another challenge and something that I am passionate about is changing the lack of awareness of the benefits of volunteering and the importance of the role that volunteers play within our sector. This is something that we aim to change as OP-REGEN grows, more veterans are supported, and a bigger impact is made.

If you could change one thing about support for veterans, what would it be?

There is a lot of support out there for the armed forces community. However, I feel it is often not well known and somewhat disconnected. In 2022, OP-REGEN will launch the regional leadership programme; regional leaders will be supported to help glue the cracks between support services for veterans and raise awareness of help within their areas, alongside facilitating and developing volunteering opportunities for veterans and volunteers within their respective demographics.

What would you like to achieve in this role in the future?

I aim for OP-REGEN to be recognised as the go-to volunteering programme within our sector and to be delivered on a national scale with regional leaders operating across the UK, raising awareness of the support services for veterans, showcasing the values and standards of those that serve and supporting Walking With The Wounded’s mission to be the first port of call for those we support.