We run a Family Support Weekend after the Ski Week to introduce the wives/partners to each other as their own support network, and also to meet the other Veterans and mentors. We organise an annual cricket match for all family members to attend; this includes children of all ages, and we are anticipating extending this event by holding a full family weekend.
THE VETERAN AMBASSADOR BOARD
We have put in place a Veteran Ambassador Board to enable Veterans to have a representation on what they feel the charity sector should be providing for their ongoing care. SWV Ambassadors are wounded Veterans who have been through our programmes. They are role models for both the Veteran and the wounded Veteran community, and also assist SWV with fundraising events, wounded Veteran awareness and inspirational speaking at schools, community groups and projects. The Ambassador Board meets quarterly and liaises directly with the Executive Committee. These meetings cover updates on the progress of the charity and its Veterans, a review of SWV’s Programmes, and the Ambassadors also take the lead on the Regional Veteran Representative Group.
VETERAN SUPPORT NETWORK
Some of the injured Veterans who have been through our programmes have volunteered to join the SWV Regional Veteran Representative (RVR) Group, a support network for all SWV Veterans. The RVRs support other Veterans with welfare issues ranging from form-filling and guidance through the housing, benefits and pensions maze, to how to get the best support from their GP or Mental Health Worker. This is a volunteer role and the support the RVRs give to their peers is free. SWV also gives guidance and support to the wives/partners and families of our Veterans, who are often overlooked in Veteran rehabilitation. This could involve simply providing a listening ear or recommending other specialised charities.
SUPPORTING WOUNDED VETERANS
Supporting Wounded Veterans is a UK charity that helps mentally and physically wounded Veterans get back into occupation, training and employment. UK forces have been deployed on operations continuously over the last 30 years in conflicts ranging from Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Afghanistan and more recently in Libya and Syria. Since 2001, over 22,000 Veterans have been medically discharged and many of them struggle to access the pathway needed to improve or stabilise their medical condition, or give them the opportunity to find meaningful employment. Founded in 2012 as Skiing with Heroes, we have developed a needs-based comprehensive programme to assist the wounded by:
"My whole experience with SWV has restored my faith in the human race and has pulled me
out of a very dark place, if I can help you guys out in anyway I can I will with great pleasure"
"Thanks to you and the SWV Family for giving me a glimpse of life the way it should be lived. I have come back from Klosters with a renewed energy and I am less afraid ."