Re-Live is a professional arts organisation with specialist expertise in creative work with people facing challenging life experiences. Re-Live has recently been awarded a grant for £51,000 from the Armed Forces Community Covenant for a 12 month creative programme for ex-service personnel and their family members who are struggling with the transition to civilian life. This will enable the organisation to develop its creative work and research with veterans and families which began in 2012 with Abandoned Brothers, a theatre performance created with veterans and families who experienced conflict in N Ireland, the Falklands and The Gulf War.
Are you a veteran or family member of a veteran living in South Wales?
Are you struggling with the transition back to civilian life?
Would you like to explore your feelings and share your experiences in a supportive group? Interested in finding new ways to express your emotions? Coming Home may be for you…
“I was able to express myself, to say “this is how I’ve felt for 30 years, not 30 weeks”. To actually release some of that was really, really good” (Billy Field, Falklands veteran).
Alison O’Connor, Co-Director of Re-Live says:
“We are delighted to be continuing this important and much needed work. One of the biggest issues for many veterans and families is isolation. The Coming Home project will create a space where people who are struggling with the transition back to civilian life can share experiences, in a supportive group environment. We know that taking the first step is often the hardest part, and we encourage any veteran, whether recently returned or if you’ve left the service in the past, and family members, to come along to our first session in Cardiff on Sept 10th (family members) and Sept 11th (veterans) and find out more.”
The first part of the year long Coming Home project is a 10 week creative programme for veterans and family members of veterans who are struggling with the transition to civilian life. This will take place in Chapter, Cardiff once a week between Sept and Nov 2015. Thursdays 11-3 (family members) Fridays 11-3 (veterans).
Coming Home will:
• Use a creative groupwork approach to enable veterans and families to share their stories
• Seek to develop skills and problem solving to improve wellbeing and reduce isolation for veterans and family members
• Culminate in an event at Chapter where veterans and family members will share their stories and experiences with an invited audience with the aim of raising community awareness
The Coming Home project will be led by Alison O’Connor from Re-Live. Alison is a trained counsellor as well as creative groupworker. If you are interested in finding out more about the Coming Home project, the first step is to call Alison on 07738 259906 or email on Alison@re-live.org.uk or visit www.re-live.org.uk.
She would be delighted to hear from you and help you find out if the Coming Home project might be right for you.
“Creative approaches to dealing with coming home from conflict are developing around the world. In America, Canada and Australia veterans and families are using theatre, creative writing and art to explore their experiences and move forward. We hope our project will contribute to the superb work being done by the Welsh Veterans Partnership in terms of awareness raising and developing a holistic approach to meeting the needs of veterans and families in Wales. We are delighted to be joining the partnership and look forward to working with Dave and the team.”
Please Remember to contact us reference the new Welsh Veterans choir formed in Partnership with us the WVP and RE-Live
” SINGING IS GREAT FOR THE SOUL ”