Festive party for veterans
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