May 2018 project
Alan Cameron

We are now recruiting for our May project. We are looking for a group of 8 – 12 Veterans who have been Wounded, Injured or who are Sick. Most of the Veterans we take on are dealing with mental health issues, the majority of which are PTSD. The difficulty is that so many Veterans who we might be able to help, lead isolated lives and so may not hear about us, so if you know of anyone who you feel might benefit from what we do, please encourage them to get in touch with us so they can talk to Veterans who have already been involved with Stand Easy.

What we do is great fun – but also challenging. And it works. It helps Veterans to get back in touch with life, to re-engage with both the Veteran and civilian community. We help to build confidence and to rediscover skills. We listen to what you have to say. No one is forced to do anything. You can step out of any part of the process you feel uncomfortable with, including the final performance.

The project runs from Monday 7th May to Friday 1st June. We work every day Monday to Friday starting at 11.00 am and we end with a meal at 5.00 pm. The meal is provided for us thanks to ABF The Soldiers Charity. It takes place at Menzieshill Community Centre, Dundee.

We have 2 places available for Veterans who need to travel a long distance to take part. We will fund B & B accommodation and travel costs for these places.

To apply, get in touch with me at: [email protected] We will then arrange for you to meet up and talk to a Veteran who has been a past participant.

Go for it. You’ve nothing to lose …..

Macrobert Arts Centre Veterans Project
Alan Cameron

From Monday 5th to Friday 23rd February, Stand Easy worked with the Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling on a drama project for Veterans.

The group of Veterans which included the widow of a Veteran, were brilliant to work with. In 3 weeks they came together as a team, learnt drama skills and devised and performed a play. The play itself was a serious look at how past events can often catch up with Veterans, creating family and life issues. However, we had enormous fun in working together to create it. 2 students from Stirling University worked with the group and our thanks to them.

The story was based around a naval Veteran who had served in Aden at the age of 16, at the point of Britain’s withdrawal. It is a largely forgotten war and this echoed the sense of those Veterans who become cut off from life, and need support to re-engage.

We had a full audience, mainly of Veterans, who appreciated what the Veteran participants had achieved and who found the performance very moving. Our thanks to Gerry at H4H Band of Brothers/Band of Sisters who got the word out there.

Also, our thanks to all the staff at the Macrobert Arts Centre for being so supportive. It was a particularly successful partnersip, which we hope will continue.