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Veteran’s Group

Gloucester Rugby Foundation’s wellbeing programme for armed forces Veterans aims to boost wellbeing, tackle loneliness and isolation, and fundamentally support participants to re-connect with old acquaintances and build new friendships.

The vision of the group is to ensure an increase in Veteran’s community engagement activities socially active and resilience, improve self confidence and self-esteem as well as overall better health and wellbeing.

The group will offer a weekly session for Veterans aged 18+ involving low impact physical activity and group based reminiscence sessions.

Age bracket/Target audience: Armed Forces Veterans of any age or gender

Project Pillar: Wellbeing

Project Objectives:

Sessions will include one hour of physical activity, primarily walking rugby. Participation in physical activity will encourage the development of healthy lifestyles within the participant. The project will support Veterans to feel the benefits of being physically fitter, with delivery coaches trained to offer advice on wider lifestyle factors such as diet, smoking, alcohol, and fall prevention.

Whilst both males and females will be encouraged to attend the Veterans group, we are aware that Gloucester has a higher than average male suicide rate. Part of each session will be dedicated towards supporting the formation of social connections between participants. This may be facilitated over a cup of coffee or through the structured reminiscence activity that the coaches will lead.

Deliver high quality sessions that bring Veterans together. Our partnership with Active Gloucestershire will ensure the project is subject to a robust monitoring and evaluation process that clearly identifies positive change within the participants.

Venue: Kingsholm Community Hub

Delivery: Wednesday

Time: 1pm – 2.30pm