Members' Business: Increasing Awareness of Veteran Charities in Scotland - 7 February 2018

Опубликовано 7 февраля 2018, 19:08
Liam Kerr: Increasing Awareness of the Work of Veteran Charities in
Scotland—That the Parliament recognises the important work undertaken by veteran charities
and organisations in Scotland; highlights the difficulty of veterans seeking help for physical or
mental health problems, especially within the armed forces community where it believes the 
culture can make seeking help appear difficult; notes the work of the Aberdeenshire-based military
charity, Horseback UK; understands that, for just under 10 years, Horseback UK has helped
injured soldiers and veterans using horsemanship skills, and continues to do so today;
acknowledges that the purpose behind the charity is to inspire recovery, regain self-esteem and
provide a sense of purpose and community to the wounded, injured and sick within the military
community; notes that, for the last four years, the charity has taken its knowledge gained from 
working with veterans to other communities, including activities involving sport and disengaged
young people, in order to enable those who have been injured mentally or physically to then help
others, after clinical care, and further notes that the charity has developed mentoring programmes
to create a sense of community and purpose for those hurt and who now have a real desire to
change public perception towards mental health and disability.

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