Injured war veterans used as mentors in Redruth over-50s course
INJURED military veterans have been using their experience and skills to help vulnerable over-50s to reconnect with their communities and “move forward with their lives”.
The eight veterans, all of whom suffer with physical injuries or from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, have been acting as mentors during the courses in Redruth as part of a project run by local company Active Plus.
Company director Tim Cocks said the veterans were being used to inspire people who have become socially isolated as a result of physical or mental illness, personal circumstances or bereavement.
“This works really well as the participants are able to relate to these veterans as they have often been through similar experiences with trauma and depression,” said Mr Cocks.
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The six-week courses consist of talks about fire safety, crime prevention and personal safety – delivered by specialists – along with activities designed to promote communication skills, listening, team work and problem solving.
Feedback from participants highlighted the value of having injured veterans as role models and mentors.
“They make you talk to each other,” said one Redruth participant, who preferred not to be named.
“The activities have bonded us more than any other part of the course.
“They’ve made us laugh together and have given us some wonderful memories.”
“One of things you can do with these people is trust them – I think trust is a really important thing.
“The people running the course are absolutely marvellous, they’re so friendly, they’ve helped us all out and they’ve pushed us towards the future.
“They’ve helped us so much to go forward in our own lives.”
George Eustice MP, who presented the participants with certificates at the end of the course, said he was “inspired” by what he had seen.