Ironically, the first bit of news is that our website has been down after some issues, happily now resolved. Sorry for any inconvenience, and thanks to all those who helped us get it all back on track – especially Alf.
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At our last committee meeting, we had an interesting discussion about how the way we describe things can impact others. We have decided to start using the term ‘ex-Forces’ instead of ‘Veteran’, as younger people leaving the Forces associate the word ‘Veteran’ with older service leavers. This is in line with a number of Forces organisations and Charities.
On a similar note, we are now using the phrase ‘Post Traumatic Stress’ rather than ‘Post Traumatic Stress Disorder’. ‘PTSD’ is still the actual clinical description, but for us, the word ‘disorder’ can have negative feelings associated with it.
We apologise to those who might be upset by this but is more and more becoming standard practice, and we absolutely feel it is for the best.
On Wednesday 13th February, we began another experiment, when ex-Forces participants, staff and volunteers, from both Dundee and Stirling, got together at the D & A College in Dundee. We spent the day in different groups looking at what we do well, and how we can improve. It was an enjoyable day and we are already putting into practice some very positive ideas that evolved. The group of ex-Forces participants also successfully discussed the subject matter for our May performance project. In fact so successfully, we almost had a play by the end of it! Our thanks to everyone for making the effort to attend, and also to the College for providing us with the accommodation.
Dundee: These continue successfully and we have just welcomed a 92 year old WW2 ex-Para. Our workshop leaders are now Khailey, Chloe and Josef – all ex-students from the D & A College. Our wonderful student volunteers are Ria, Will and Rachel. They all do a great job – so thank you to them.
Stirling: The group finished the last year with a performance of their devised play: ‘I Remember’. This was a touching gathering of memories and stories.
Thanks to everyone who attends and supports us at all our workshops, with special thanks to the Veterans Foundation and the Corra Foundation for funding us this year.