Fes­tive party for vet­er­ans

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - DISTRICT NEWS -

Fes­tive lunch for the Scot­tish War Blinded group in Dum­fries and Galloway The fes­tive spirit has been in full swing for Scot­tish War Blinded’s vet­er­ans.

Mem­bers of the char­ity’s Dum­fries and Galloway lunch group cel­e­brated the fes­tive sea­son with a lovely meal at the Cairn­dale Ho­tel and Leisure Club in Dum­fries.

With Christ­mas crack­ers, a fes­tive mu­sic quiz, party hats and plenty of laughs, it was the fi­nal monthly meet up of the year for the group.

And the Scot­tish War Blinded mem­bers, who meet on a monthly ba­sis at the Cairn­dale Ho­tel, are look­ing for­ward to the new year and wel­com­ing more vet­er­ans with sight loss from the area into their com­mu­nity.

Scot­tish War Blinded outreach worker for Dum­fries and Galloway, Mick Seed, started his role in Au­gust and is keen to bring more mem­bers on board in 2019.

He said: “We cur­rently have around a dozen mem­bers who reg­u­larly at­tend the lunch group. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to get to­gether and make new friends. Some come on their own while oth­ers come along

Oth­ers at the fes­tive lunch with part­ners or car­ers. For The lunch groups are key car­ers, it’s pos­si­bly one of the part of the char­ity’s of­fer­ing only chances in the week that to mem­bers, as Scot­tish War they’ll get for respite as well. Blinded aims to tackle so­cial

“And it’s not just mem­bers iso­la­tion for vet­er­ans with based in Dum­fries, we’ll get sight loss. mem­bers trav­el­ling over Scot­tish War Blinded from the wider area too.” di­rec­tor, Re­becca Barr, said:

Along­side host­ing the “Our re­search has shown that lunch groups, Mick also too many of our mem­bers car­ries out home vis­its to have ex­pe­ri­enced so­cial mem­bers across the area, iso­la­tion as a re­sult of their pro­vid­ing prac­ti­cal and sight loss and ac­cess to emo­tional sup­port. the ser­vices we pro­vide is

Mick added: “I’d cru­cial to help our vet­er­ans rec­om­mend that any­one over­come lone­li­ness or who is a vet­eran with sight pre­vent them from be­com­ing loss, or those who have a iso­lated.” fam­ily mem­ber who is a Scot­tish War Blinded vet­eran liv­ing with vi­sion gives free sup­port to for­mer im­pair­ment, get in touch ser­vice­men and women no with us. mat­ter if they lost their sight

The char­ity’s monthly dur­ing or af­ter ser­vice. meet ups are im­por­tant to Call 0800 035 6409 to re­fer the vet­er­ans at this time of a vet­eran to the char­ity. year, help­ing to bring them out of so­cial iso­la­tion. Outreach worker Mick Seed with mem­bers of Scot­tish War Blinded group

Cheers

Party on

Christ­mas gath­er­ing

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