On Behalf of the Welsh Veterans Partnership we fully commend and are happy to signpost and work in partnership with this project

“Singing is great for the soul “


Dave Price Co-Ordinator Welsh Veterans Partnership

Invitation to Veterans and Family members of veterans


“This has been a completely new way of exploring the feelings that come with leaving the forces. It’s enabled me to tell my story for the first time really, to actually open up about what it’s been like.”



Coming Home to the Arts is now in its second year and we are inviting new veterans and family members to join our creative programme. Based at Chapter, Cardiff this is a friendly, supportive project where members of the local community and veterans and families come together to support one another in a positive way.


This term starts on Friday 23rd September and runs for 10 Fridays until Dec 2nd. Participants are invited to take part in the whole day or half day.


Structure of the day:


11-1 Coming Home Veterans Choir (open to veterans, family members and anyone from the wider community who would like to support) No previous singing experience required.


1.30-3.30 Theatre based groupwork


The afternoon sessions are an opportunity for veterans and family members to explore issues affecting their wellbeing through theatre, reflective writing and discussion. This group is suitable for people wishing to explore ways of moving forward and able to attend once a week. This is a rolling group and new members can join at any time, but we invite you to commit to a 10 week programme.


This is not a therapy programme, this is an opportunity to:


  • Build your confidence and meet new people
  • Explore some of your thoughts and feelings in a supportive group environment
  • Learn new coping skills and identify goals for the future
  • Boost your mood by taking part in something positive and creative



The project is led by Alison O’Connor, an experienced groupworker and counsellor.


At the end of the 10 weeks there will be an invitation to contribute to a performance at the Mental Health Arts Festival. This is an opportunity to raise awareness of the issues around mental health for veterans and their families.


If you are interested in taking part, contact Alison on 07738 259906 for a chat or email

If you would like to speak to a veterans about their experience of the programme contact Dave project co-ordinator of the Welsh Veterans Partnership

on 07794 197253.

For more information visit


Re-Live is a registered Charity working in the field of Arts and Wellbeing.


Community Award 2015, Age Cymru

Arts and Health Practice Award, Royal Society for Public Health

International Leadership in Arts and Health Award

Winston Churchill Fellows 2010 and 2016

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